Do you feel like there is no space to store your things in your compact apartment? Does it feel like your dishes in the kitchen and books in the living room are always lying about, for want of a designated space? Don’t worry, if your answers to these two questions are in the affirmative – we are here to help you!
We present to you 12 smart storage ideas for small homes that will help you keep your things better organised while saving space.
1) Use Bed Designs With Storage
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It’s a great idea to get a cabinet or shelf built around the head of your bed, in your master bedroom. Make good use of all that empty wall-space there! You can go as creative as you want with the design. A cabinet like this acts as perfect storage space for things like books, photographs, paintings, pen holders, little showpieces, stuffed toys, and the like.
You could also create a concealed storage space below to get a bed design with storage, to store extra blankets, bedspreads and seldom-used coats.
2) Get a Metal Open-Storage Rack for Your Kitchen
If the cabinets in your kitchen aren’t enough to store all your pots, pans and plates, you could invest in a metal-frame open-storage shelving unit. You could use this to showcase all your decorative kitchen utensils too.
Include a few knick-knacks here and there on the shelf, to make it add to the kitchen décor rather than a plain old storage rack.
3) Put Up A Bookshelf Near Your Front Door
Does your apartment lack a proper storage unit near the front door? In that case, you could put up a bookshelf in the entryway, near the door.
Paint the bookshelf in a nice, pastel colour and add or remove a few planks at places to make the shelf a perfect storage solution for your keys, cellphone, timepiece, coats, shoes and socks. What’s more, this compact furniture piece looks cool, too!
4) Use the Space Around Your Television
If you have a wall-mount TV in your living room, you could use it as a focal point and build a cabinet around it to create extra storage space.
This space is perfect for indoor plants and small showpieces.
5) Put Up Hanging Mason Jars Over Your Kitchen Counter
Fix the lids of some mason jars on the ceiling over your kitchen counter. Screw the cleaned-out, glass mason jars to the lids. These are perfect for storing pasta, grains and kitchen herbs.
What’s more, they look cool, and act as wonderful kitchen décor items, too!
6) Include Under-Sink Storage
Use the empty space below your kitchen or bathroom sink to create a little wooden cabinet. This is a great storage solution for soaps, sponges, extra mugs, cleaning detergents and all those odds and ends from your kitchen and bathroom.
It brings in a sense of neatness to your space as well!
7) Cupboard Under the Stairs
If you have a staircase in your house, the area under the stairs can act as a fine storage space.
You could have concealed cabinets or shelves built under your stairs where you can store just about anything lying around in the house!
8) Create Storage Space Behind Doors
The backs of the doors of your bedroom and closets can provide a precious few inches of storage space, too!
Have metal hooks installed behind your bedroom door so that you can put up dresses and coats. Similarly, install hooks, pen holders or small metal racks behind your closet doors, so that you can easily store things like jewellery, purses, hair brushes, and the like.
9) Get Multi-Functional Furniture
It’s a great idea to get pieces of compact furniture that can perform a variety of functions. For instance, get a wooden cabinet for your bedroom that you can use to put up your lamps, flower vases and other knick-knacks on. You could also turn it into a showcase for some of your cherished possessions, like books, photo frames, artwork, and the like.
Similarly, an ottoman in your living room can double up as a holding place for books and magazines.
10) Designate Small Baskets in Your Closet
It is all too easy to get your bedroom closet messy. Do not waste all that gorgeous storage space by cluttering it up!
To avoid chaos inside closets, invest in a number of small baskets within, each one designated for a certain purpose. Use these baskets to store formal wear, mittens and socks, accessories and items of kids’ storage separately. This will help you make the most of the space available inside your closet.
11) Use Cubbies
Get some cubbies in different sizes which you can put up on empty wall spaces in your living room, dining area and bedrooms. You could paint them in a shade matching your walls and arrange them in artistic designs.
Not only do cubbies act as great storage solutions in a compact home, but they look sleek and stylish, too!
12) Get Vertical Shelving
Shelves do not have to be huge horizontal expanses! Try getting some long or short vertical shelves for those empty wall spaces in your bedrooms and living room.
They look smart, and are highly useful for storing things like books, timepieces, decorative items, art work, photo frames, and the like.
Which of these storage ideas for small homes would be the most useful to you? Send us your suggestions below.
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