So you've heard to wall-to-wall carpeting. In a small space, storage is crucial to keeping clutter to a minimum. Pearl Cabin is technically a two-bedroom house so I have a small room I use as an office/hobby room. The long wall in this room has no doorways so I could safely build a shelf above the window stretching from wall to wall.
I built the shelf using recycled bi fold closet doors and 12" shelf brackets from the home improvement store. I attached the brackets to the wall about 4 feet apart using drywall screws. Be sure to attach to a stud so that the shelf will not collapse under the weight of the things you put on it. Also a level is handy to make sure the brackets are level with one another.
Next, I put the doors on top of the brackets cutting them to length. I used a jigsaw to shorten the last door to fit. I attached the doors to the brackets using screws. The finising touch was paint. I painted both the shelves and brackets the same color at the walls to the shelf would not become a focal point in the room.
I used a collection of baskets, covered boxes and wooden boxes to hold miscellaneous items to put on the shelves. I also store photo albums up there. Games are stored in their original boxes. I also added some interesting items such as the sock monkey and a plaque given to me by a friend. I have a collection of globes that needed a home so I added cup hooks below the shelf and hung the globes.
I love my shelf! It adds a dimensions of interest to my office and gives me space for storage.