In smaller spaces, storage is at a premium. One of my first apartments was a studio. Just about every piece of furniture I had in there did double duty. My couch opened up into a bed. My dresser was also a TV stand. I found a cool buffet cabinet on wheels that I could also bring into the kitchen to use for prep space. (Since I had about 2 feet of counter space in there, I needed all the extra I could find.) My storage went up the walls and over doors. The apartment was what a realtor would call “cozy.” But it was all my space. If we only had IKEA back then, I could have really gone to town!
No matter what size a space is, it can always benefit from more storage. However, finding storage opportunities in small spaces can sometimes seem tricky. It’s not really the size of the space that makes a difference, though. It’s how you use it.
Before you get started decorating, it’s essential to clear out the clutter and organize the space. This is true for any space, big or small, but it’s especially crucial for small ones. It’s hard to get a clear vision for a room if there are unnecessary items taking up space. Also, getting everything organized first will give you the advantage of knowing exactly what you need, how to arrange the room most effectively, and how the room will function.
In this post, I’m sharing some fun, creative ideas to help you make the most of a small room’s storage possibilities and keep you organized. Bonus: these tricks work great in larger spaces, too.
SMALL SPACE STORAGE IDEAS
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1 I’ve said this one before but it bears repeating. In small spaces, think vertically for storage. Most rooms have lots of unused vertical space that you can take advantage of for storage. Use that vertical space by installing floor-to-ceiling bookcases or shelving.
One way to do this is by flanking a door or window with shelves. Then, run a shelf across the top from one side to the other to unite them. Use pre-fab shelving units or stock cabinets and trim them out with molding to give them the look of built-ins. For easy access to the items stored on top, keep a step stool handy.
To create much needed storage space in the bathroom, install wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling shelves above and around the toilet.
2 Under the bed is another excellent storage space. Use rolling plastic bins or baskets to store all kinds of items. If you lack a linen closet, this is a great way to store bed and table linens, as well as extra towels. Some other uses can be for shoes, purses, out of season clothes, decor… There are so many ways to make the most of this spot!
Did you know that there are some bed frames with built-in drawers that offer this type of storage? Here are some ideas:
3 Utilize every square inch of closet space by installing closet organizers. Take them all the way to the ceiling to make use of the vertical space available. Make use of the corners and depth, too. And don’t forget the step stool!
4 Use the backs of closet, cabinet, and room doors to hang organizers and narrow shelving. You’d be surprised at how much additional storage space you can acquire this way. There are a variety of sizes and styles of door organizers available at home stores.
5 Hanging tiered baskets can be used to sort toys, mail, accessories, and all sorts of different things. And they don’t take up any floor space.
6 Decorative storage boxes are attractive enough to be seen while offering a lot of handy storage space for small items. You can then casually stack them in a corner or display them on open shelves.
7 In the laundry room, the space next to the washing machine and dryer is often overlooked. Use it to hang a broom and dustpan for quick clean-ups or store the ironing board and iron. My mom used to keep a step stool there, so it was handy when she needed it. You can also add shelves above or on the sides for even more storage.
8 Utilize the space between studs to add shelving. Most studs are placed 16″ apart, which would allow for shelves that are about 15″ wide and 3″ deep. This would be ideal in the bathroom, down a long hallway, in the kitchen, or anywhere a little extra storage would be helpful. Add glass shelves and lighting for display or cabinet doors to hide stored items. Install adjustable shelves to allow for easy changes.
9 An armoire isn’t just for clothes. Transform one into a pantry, linen closet, or craft/home office storage. They’re a great way to increase storage in any room.
10 Add casters to the bottom of stock cabinetry, then top it off with a pretty countertop. It will offer much needed storage and additional prep space in the kitchen. When not in use, just roll it out of the way.
Small spaces can be functional, organized, and offer plenty of storage when you get creative and use tricks like the ones in this post. Which one of the tips in this post are you most excited to try out? Let me know in the comments!
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