How to Use Vertical Storage in a Small Classroom

Storage Hacks for a Small Classroom

When setting up your classroom, you need to make the most of your storage areas around walls to free up space for your students’ furniture and free areas. Vertical classroom storage does this by:

  • Using over the door storage
  • Stackable storage drawers and bins
  • Storing small items on a magnetic whiteboard
  • using large wall storage pocket charts

Check out these examples below!

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Save classroom space with wall storage pocket charts that hang from the wall or over the door. Also use drawer carts that move in wheels so that you can use them anywhere in the classroom.

Classroom make-up work organization. Each folder is labeled with the days of the week. Students check the calendar at the bottom and grab anything they need from that day of the week’s folder.


24-Drawer storage for the classroom. This one has drawers of different sizes.

Use desk organizers for different functions. Sort and store your small cardstock papers in an organizer.


Many things can be stored on your whiteboard if you have extra whiteboard space. Use magnetic pockets, hooks, and color coded round magnet clips to hold classroom tools on your whiteboard.


The sides of your filing cabinet can become a storage space for hanging magnetic pocket charts and magnetic manipulatives.

Classroom Clipboard Storage: Use a vertical desktop sorter to store your students’ clipboards. I am not recommending the one in the picture because its shelves are made of corrugated paper. Use a wooden one for it to last you a long time.



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A Wire Cube Storage Cabinet: This wire mesh shelf works well for a small classroom. It has little bit of everything. The teacher can change up the layout of the grids to suit her needs.

Use pocket charts to store your students’ earphones. These pocket charts are hung on either side of the classroom cupboard (in the picture).

For more vertical storage ideas for your classroom, you can check out these blog posts:

How to Hang Decorations from Your Classroom Ceiling

The Best Under Desk File Cabinets for Classrooms

Classroom Hacks for Pocket Charts – Clever Uses in the Classroom