Where To Store Vacuum Cleaners?

The vacuum cleaner is one of those home appliances. You know the type: absolutely necessary, totally unattractive, and awkward to store. Vacuum storage can be a toughie due to its shape and size – do you keep it in the broom closet? In the laundry room? Where can you put it so as not to cause a tripping hazard or an unsightly decorating hazard?

While there’s no magic solution, there are certainly plenty of ideas that make stashing away the vacuum easier (and prettier). First consider your vacuuming habits: where’s your carpet? Do you have an upright or a canister? How often do you vacuum?

While absolutely necessary in the household cleaning process, the vacuum cleaner is among the more bulky and obtrusive of housekeeping tools. Creating a dedicated storage space for this tool helps maintain order in the home and efficiency in the cleaning process. Such a space must be out of the way, easy to access, and accommodate not only the vacuum but accessories and replacement parts.

Based on your answers to those questions, decide where it’s most convenient for you. If you don’t vacuum frequently, you may not mind keeping it out of the way and dragging it out when necessary; if all of your carpet is upstairs, you’ll want to find a spot for the vacuum there rather than downstairs. Consider all factors before deciding where to store the vacuum and its puzzling attachments (what’s that one for?).

Once you have the vicinity determined, check out these great best vacuum cleaner storage ideas to see which may work for you!

Best vacuum cleaner storage ideas


Pantry space? Extra or weird-shaped cabinet? Vacuums don’t take up that much space, so there’s a chance you can make it fit into a tall cabinet. Bonus points for mounted hooks for hose and attachment pieces!


It’s the place where everything that doesn’t fit finds a place; as long as it’s close to the house, you can stash your vacuum cleaner in the garage. Just be sure to give it its own designated space or it’ll get lost in the clutter.

Laundry room

Or mudroom. It’s where all the dirty things go; keep the tools for cleaning up in there, too!


Broom, utility, or otherwise; there’s probably an underused closet somewhere in your home. Use it! Awkward closets (like that one under the stairs that has no practical use) are especially perfect for awkward appliances like the vacuum.

In the walls

That’s right! Use your walls or baseboards and do away with the traditional vacuum cleaner. Install a central vacuum system, which uses ports throughout the home with detachable or retractable hoses, or a baseboard VacPan – just sweep the dirt over to it and it will clean it right up.

Hooks and Painted Perforated Hardboard

Wherever there is at least 8 square feet of unused wall space within the home, installing perforated hardboard, painted to match the surrounding environment, provides for versatile and efficient vacuum storage. Heavy-duty hooks can hold the appliance, as well as any accessories and spare parts. Ideal locations for a wall-hung system such as this are mudrooms, oversize bathrooms, and laundry rooms.