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Creative Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
Home & Garden
I downsized the square footage of my living space to less than half in my recent move and it sucks! I find myself obsessively searching clever storage ideas and hacks and I keep seeing the same thing over and over. From my experience and research these are my personal favorites.
Clear off the floor.
Clutter is a constant in small spaces, and the more storage solutions you can find, the cleaner and calmer your rooms will feel. Try a strategy used here to gain valuable spots to stash essentials: Install small cube or rectangular shelf units for open storage. No doors means no need to gobble up space for opening and closing, and a light installed on the wall keeps the surfaces free for books, glasses, and more.
Use vertical spaces. There are plenty of up-and-down surfaces that never make the cut when it comes to small-space storage -- and that's too bad. Those precious square feet can be put to good use, especially for narrow items that are prone to quick clutter.
Don't ignore Nooks. Shelves don't need to be long expanses of horizontal space to be useful, especially in small spaces. Here, a narrow nook with narrow shelves yields a storage bonanza for cookbooks.
Scale down shelves Very often in small spaces, there's not room for overly large furniture or lots of extras. That's why the search for sized-down furniture can yield unexpected rewards -- even the three-shelf unit here. It offers just enough space for extra towels and toiletries.
Stagger Shelves Uniform shelving units can push out into a small room, overpowering it and making it feel smaller than it really is. Instead, look for pieces that stair-step back the depth of the shelves, getting narrower at the top and lightening a room's look and feel.
Combine Cabinet Types Not all storage works the same: Doors and drawers each serve a purpose to stash different types of items, especially in heavy-traffic areas such as bathrooms. Even in tight spots, mix up the options -- here, a narrow drawer steals a few precious inches above the toilet.
Include Out-in-the-Open Storage Very often we equate storage with closed doors and drawers, but smaller spaces may necessitate using spots that are in view. Consider grouping same-size items -- here, rolls of essential kitchen papers and wraps -- in a decorative storage piece that accents metals.
Rely on Double-Duty Furniture Pieces that can work in a variety of ways are a great fit for small-space storage. Home offices, for example, may be difficult to create out of limited square footage, but strategically placed bookshelves -- even those out in the open -- may offer practical & beautiful
Hide Your Storage Not all items to be stored need be in view. Furniture tricks -- here, a table skirt with a pretty pattern -- help to hide shelves, baskets, and the like for a clean look that still boosts storage.
Research Helpful Add-ons There's been an explosion in storage-minded products in recent years, and many of them work wonders in small spaces to keep clutter at bay. Look for single-storage items -- hair dryer hooks and specialized clothes bins, for example.