When Rift isn't on your face, it takes up a lot of space on your desk.

Updated May 7, 2017: We've refreshed this list, including some new options for your Touch controllers, to ensure you're still getting the absolute best storage and mounting options.

Since you can't really use the IR camera as a convenient holding mechanism for Oculus Rift, a lot of folks look for ways to store the headset and Touch controllers when they're not in use. The hybrid fresnel lenses are precious, the IR fabric is difficult to clean, and you just spent a lot of money on these motion controllers. You need to take care of everything, and for most people that means finding some way to store or keep it all off of your desk. The good news is there are several great options, and we've got them all right here for you.

Mount everything on your wall

Oculus Rift

This particular hook has been 3D printed thanks to a clever design discovered on Thingiverse, but any broad hook that you can rest the nose piece on will do just fine. The important thing here is being able to hold the headset with the lenses down so dust doesn't ever lay on the lenses, and keeps the cable neatly wound around the headset. This solution is perfect if you know you're going to be regularly using Rift but don't always want or need the headset connected to your PC.

While you're on the 3D printing run, you can also print an Xbox controller and Oculus remote mount, Touch controller mounts, and even sensor mounts for your walls if you're looking at a room-scale setup.

If you don't have a 3D printer to create your own mounting solutions, you can always grab some 3M Command brand hooks from Amazon. Each large hook costs about $10.

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A portable solution to Rift sensor mounting

Hyperkin clamp mounting solution

No, this isn't exactly a storage option, but it definitely deserves mention. Drilling holes in your walls to mount your Rift sensors is one thing, but what about if you often move around with your setup? Hyperkin makes an awesome sensor clamp mount that gives you those extra options if you don't have enough flat surfaces or high enough surfaces in your VR room.

Just screw your sensor on the threaded mount, clamp it to something nearby, and use the ball joint swivel to set the view just right. For one clamp, expect to pay about $10.

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Hang your Touch controllers with The Anchor

The Anchor for Touch controllers

If the Touch controllers seem a little out of place on your wall, you can mount them instead under your desk or on the bottom of a shelf next to your VR space. The Anchor from ElevationLab is designed for headphones, but its dual-hook system is perfect for both of your Touch controllers.

It sticks to pretty much any flat surface with 3M adhesive, so you can be sure your Touch controllers are safe as they hang out of sight.

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The Box Conversion

Oculus Rift

One of the more amazing things Oculus did with Rift shipments is package the headset in an ultra-convenient travel case. If you haven't thrown away your Oculus Rift box, a quick notch out of the back will let you store the headset even while it is connected to your PC, which means it's protected from everything and ready to use at a moment's notice. This solution only works if you have a space near your desk for the box to sit, but it's sturdy enough that you can set the box pretty much anywhere.

It's also guaranteed to keep the sun away from the Rift's lenses; some users have seen burn marks where the sun's rays were focused for too long. As a bonus, you can grab some desiccant dehumidifying packs from Amazon and toss them in there with the Rift to ensure no moisture stays on the headset after a lengthy play session.

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IKEA to the Rescue

A bunch of SKUBB shoeboxes

If you've already trashed your Rift box, or find it a little too large for your needs, IKEA sells a shoe box with a mesh siding that your Rift fits perfectly inside. The SKUBB box will protect your headset from dust and dings, and seeing the high-tech headset through the mesh is a neat feature in your VR space.

When not in use, the shoe box folds down flat just by opening a zipper on the bottom. Like everything IKEA, the SKUBB describes a whole bunch of different boxes, so make sure you're grabbing the size that fits your needs! A four-pack of these boxes starts at about $8.

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Treat a mannequin to virtual reality

So handsome

The most stylish mounting solution for your Rift is probably a mannequin head, but it also takes up the most room. Nevertheless, if you have space, placing your Rift on a glossy plastic mannequin head when not in use will also keep the sun and dust away from the lenses.

This option sits free on a desk or other flat surface without being fastened, so you can move it around all you want without hassle. This mannequin (and super-cool mounting option) starts at about $20.

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What are you doing to store your Oculus Rift when it's not delivering entirely surreal VR experiences? Sound off in the comments!