10 DIY Horse Barn and Tack Room Organization Ideas

If you’re looking for DIY horse barn organization and DIY tack room ideas, you’ve come to the right place!

Drowning in a sea of blankets and saddle pads is a common problem for horse owners, and it often seems there is an unspoken rule to collect the most tack possible. 

I will neither confirm nor deny this, but I do have to admit that my barn is overflowing with every imaginable piece of equipment.

10 DIY Horse Barn and Tack Room Organization Ideas - Savvy Horsewoman

Do I really need 15 bits for a horse that always goes in a plain snaffle? Maybe not.

But at least if I can organize it so they don’t look like a giant web of metal I can get away with it. For now.

Here are my favorite tips to help you show off organize your collection.

✅ DIY Horse Barn Organization

DIY horse barn organization tips


Re-purposed File Cabinet 

Why didn’t I think of this? Used cabinets are easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores for very little money (or find a business doing a renovation).

The full tutorial can be found here. I love that it can hold so many shovels, rakes and forks.

DIY horse barn organization tips


Bucket Hose Holder

The perfect way to organize an unruly hose.

Mounted in a wash stall it creates a perfect nook for nozzles, brushed and soap. I have a bunch of these 10-Quart Galvanized Steel Pails (can you ever have too many?)

DIY horse barn organization tips


Garbage Bins

These are a great multi-purpose organizer for anything from wraps to whips.

I use mine to store shipping gear (boots, poll protectors, break-away halters etc.) so I’m not scrambling at the last minute to find everything (while a trailer full of horses is waiting). 

These bins dropped into a wood frame are perfect for grain storage.

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DIY horse barn organization tips

Pallet shelf 

A re-purposed pallet is perfect for storing equine supplies (is there anything you can’t do with a pallet these days?)

DIY horse barn organization tips

Whip Holder

Secure a piece of PVC pipe to the fence with hose clamps and you’ve got a convenient place to keep your whips. I have two sizes at home; one for lunge whips and one for crops.

Now I have one less thing to lose on the way back to the barn!

✅ DIY Tack Room Ideas

DIY Tack Room Ideas


Easy Saddle Rack

This is a quick project that uses scrap lumber and can be put together for about $5.

Complete directions can be found here. I put eye hooks all over the tack room so they can be easily moved around and can accommodate different saddle sizes.

DIY Tack Room Ideas

Velcro Boot Holder

Genius! For less than $10 you can create this practical and cute wall of boots.

Savvy Tip – I recommend using a solid wall, not a door (as pictured). I tried the door and my older, worn boots fell off when it closed too hard. These industrial Velcro strips work great for this.


DIY Tack Room Ideas


Rolling Tack Cart

This DIY project is surprisingly simple. The instructions and list of supplies are here

It’s so much better than multiple trips to the tack room, and great for shows or travelling.

✅ DIY Horse Blanket Storage Ideas

DIY Horse Blanket Storage Ideas


Bins for Blankets

If you live in an area that requires year round blanketing (snow/rain/flies) then this is a huge space saver.

Once blankets are clean and dry, just store them in large containers. Don’t forget to label them with the horse’s name and type of blanket (or the size) to make finding them a piece of cake.

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No more piles of blankets! (the barn cats will have to find a new place to sleep…)

DIY Horse Blanket Storage Ideas


Overhead Drying Rack

This is a huge space saver.

You can keep blankets and saddle pads stored this way so they’re always dry and ready to go, and makes it easier to rotate through your collection too.

For more DIY check out there posts:

Savvy Guide to DIY Horse Care
DIY Horse Stuff – Recipes & Projects
5 DIY Farm Hacks
10 DIY Barn Hacks
10 Easy DIY Horse Care Tips
10 DIY Gifts and Crafts for Horse Lovers

What’s your favorite DIY horse barn organization tips and DIY tack room ideas?

10 DIY Horse Barn and Tack Room Organization Ideas - Savvy Horsewoman



  1. Dana Benjamin
    May 29, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    I absolutely love your hose bucket station idea. You can store all your cleaning supplies while having easy access to your hose. No more hose kinks either!

  2. M. Becker
    January 14, 2016 / 2:16 am

    Like the blankets in a bin, but to save space- use "Space Saver" Vacuum bags!! Make sure the blanket is washed and completely dry, then put into bag. Use vacuum to suck air out and the blanket is ready to be stored into a bin. You can get quite a few into a bin with this method, so it saves on the space needed for bins as well!! With lighter blankets and sheets, you can 2-3 or more into one vacuum bag- further reducing space needed to store. Throw a laundry dryer sheet in with them to keep them smelling fresh until they are needed! 🙂

  3. Gina Brennan
    January 29, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    I absolutely love these ideas! I'm going to try them this weekend, along with the HOSS system I just received from The Organized Barn http://www.organizedbarn.com

  4. Matthew Rollins
    October 19, 2019 / 3:30 am

    Where do you find the garabge can I can never find that seal.that tight to keep mice out

    • Stella Love
      November 20, 2019 / 1:35 pm

      I use galvanized metal ones… and sometimes I let a slew of %$*& and @#&%$ fly because the lid is once again sealed so tight I have to use both hands to get it off.

      Mice chew through plastic and rubberized ones.

      • Kim Allen
        August 17, 2020 / 12:06 pm

        You need a barn cat

  5. Chris Dove
    April 13, 2020 / 6:41 pm

    Even the raccoon’s have not figured out how to get the galvanized garbage cans open. I have also had terrific luck with chest freezers. Ours had broken and it was re-purposed into a grain bin. Raccoon’s don’t get into it either.

  6. January 19, 2021 / 10:19 pm

    we have old dye or soap barrels that have lids that can be sealed on with a metal hoop, have never once had an issue with mice/rats in the feed (other than the one that got mummified in the milling process)

  7. Cherilynne Utton
    November 28, 2021 / 9:33 pm

    I have an old window frame covered with chicken wire that I rub my brushes over to get the hair off of them. This is located by my grooming station.

  8. Lynn Silver
    April 18, 2022 / 3:12 pm

    The same hook and eye bolt set up on a piece of pvc pipe, instead of 2×4, also makes a great saddle rack and you can tuck your lead rope or gloves in it.

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