As the weather gets colder, warm thoughts of cozying up by the fireplace begin to permeate. After gathering up some wood (be it self-chopped or store-bought), you’re going to have to decide how and where to store it. Pro tip: if you’re keeping it in the house or cottage, check for bugs before bringing it inside. Here are some nifty ideas for firewood storage that are both practical and visually pleasing.
Crates or cubbies
Wooden crates or cubbies are a simple and compact way to hold your lumber, and they work as nice side tables as well.
An eye-catching structure
Instead of messy and haphazard piles, keep different kinds of firewood sorted in an orderly fashion using separate compartments within a striking structure that will not only make things easier when it comes to finding the right wood, but is easy on the eyes, too.
Don’t want your logs all out in the open? Have them stored neatly away in a drawer by your fireplace instead.
On the other end of the spectrum, modify a dresser and remove the drawers to show off your wood by stacking it to put on display.
Big, thick leather belts
Looking for a casual firewood storage solution that doesn’t involve building or buying big structures? A creative way to keep your logs together is with large leather belts. They’re also a good way to repurpose old ones you no longer use.
A modern rack
Rather than the typical rustic look, stack your wood on a minimalist-yet-functional rack to create an interesting optical contrast by your fireplace.
Make your own portable rolling cart from metal pipes, wood and castors to store your firewood (here’s how). DIY is satisfying—plus it impresses guests (and looks good to boot)!
A rustic-looking bucket
An antique metal bucket is a portable way to keep your firewood in one place while also fitting in aesthetically on the hearth. As an added bonus, in the spring and summer when the fireplace isn’t in use, it can even double as a magazine or plant holder!
A mixed storage wall unit
If you’d rather not fill an entire shelf with firewood, combine items by displaying books and/or art on some levels and logs on others to add some visual variety.
Using a wall-mounted unit is an easy way to organize your lumber while also creating a conversation-starter for guests who visit.