We all know the struggle of having too much stuff at home with nowhere to put it, so clutter builds up on any available flat surface. This visual disarray can cause us to become stressed and unorganized. Bring harmony back to your home with innovative storage ideas for small places. As an added benefit, many different storage projects can increase the value of your home. Whether you live in a studio apartment, tiny house, or just lack ample storage space, there is the perfect solution for your small-space woes!
If you’re in need of some storage ideas for small places, keep reading for 35 genius solutions. You will find ways to maximize every inch of storage in areas you’ve never considered. We’ve created a post round-up from all across the web including storage ideas for every room in your home. Attractive storage solutions can make your home feel organized and stress-free. Once you’ve read these brilliant ideas, you’re going to want to de-clutter, donate those unused items, and make room for the things you really love. Grab a cup of coffee, pull out a box for donations, and get ready to be motivated by these 35 amazing storage ideas for small places.
Another narrow, unused space that can be turned into vertical pull-out shelving is between the washer and dryer. This shelving can hold laundry and cleaning supplies. If you have young children, you may want to consider making this or having it made so that it has a frame and can be locked to keep children out of the chemicals.
Make Practical Use of Open Wall Space
Any empty wall space can be turned into decorative storage. Mount wood on the wall space. The wood can be painted or stained to complement your kitchen decor. Then, decide what items you want to hang. Attach hooks where they are needed to hang your items decoratively. Using the area to hang your pans is great for accessibility and decoration.
Free Up Sink Storage with Appliance Hooks
One of the hardest things to store in the bathroom is hair care accessories. They are odd-shaped, bulky, and you have to deal with the long cord. This idea of wrapping the cord and hanging them on hooks on the back of the vanity door under the sink gets them out of the way but keeps them easily accessible.
Space-Saving Jars Mounted Under a Shelf
Occupying minimal space on the wall, this shelving unit holds the essentials for that morning cup of coffee or a coffee break. The top shelf holds coasters and coffee cups. Some jars mounted under the shelf hold essentials, such as coffee, tea, and sugar. More cups are hanging at the bottom. This shelving unit adds a rustic look to your kitchen.
Adorable Hanger Hack for Sandal Storage
Hanging sandals removes clutter from the closet floor and makes it easier to find a matching pair. Cut wire coat hangers and shape them into hooks. Spray paint them and cover them with fabric or ribbon. Now, you are ready to organize your sandals, and clean up your closet floor.
Sliding Drawers Make Sink Storage Simple
If you open the cupboard under the sink in anyone’s home, you will probably find any cleaning supplies that you need. However, you will probably have to scan them or dig through them because they are probably all jumbled together. These do-it-yourself sliding drawers are easy to make and organize your cleaning supplies making them more accessible.
Artwork Transforms Into Fold-Down Table
Fold-down tables clear floor space in areas where space is at a premium. However, they usually look like a board on the wall when folded. This table becomes a positive focal point in the room when artwork is added to the underneath side of the table and the folding legs become part of the frame.
Slip a Slender Table Behind the Sofa
A skinny table behind the sofa can add both decorative and storage space. Lamps, a clock, pictures, coasters, and plants can be placed on the table. Table lamps free up floor space used by floor lamps and avoid holes in walls from wall lamps. Books, a small box for small items, and the remote can be kept on the table.
Maximize the Space Beneath Kitchen Cabinets
Unused space under your kitchen cupboards can be made into storage space by installing drawers. If you are handy, you can do it yourself or you can hire a contractor. At first glance, this may not seem like a lot of space. However, you could store kitchen linens, cutting boards, cookie sheets, pizza pans, muffin tins, and other larger items in these drawers.
Attractive Shelves Give Floor-to-Ceiling Storage
Shelving can add storage, but it can also be a place to add decorative items, even create a focal point in your room. This floor-to-ceiling shelving is not hard to build and can be customized to complement your decor. If you are not handy, you can find lots of shelving choices that will also complement your decor.
Commode Shelf Keeps the Necessities Close By
This clever idea can be purchased, or you could create your own version. Start with a tank top organizer that has brackets you can use to hang side organizers. Next, decide what items, such as rolls of toilet tissue, that you want stored by the toilet for easy access. Then, purchase or create storage holders for these items.
Shoe Storage Under the Stairs
The unused space under your stairs can become extra closet space with a pull-out coat rack and pull-out shelving. A remodeler can safely create this extra storage for you while maintaining the structural integrity of the stairs. After you move coats, boots, and shoes into this new storage area, you can convert the coat closet into shelved storage.
Keep Organized with a Stylish Organizer Wall
A space on a wall can help organize your whole family. Start with a desk calendar where your family can write appointments. Add a dry erase board for quick messages. Then, add wall-mounted file folder holders for each member of the family where important papers that need attention can be stored. Now, you have an organizational area for your family.
Install Handy Fixtures in Your Island
In most kitchens, the paper towel holder is mounted on the wall. However, if you do not want a paper towel holder visible in your kitchen, you can use this idea. Remove a drawer, and replace it with a paper towel holder. The paper towel is still accessible but is out of sight.
Low-Mounted Coat Rack for Entryway Shoe Storage
Once you explain to guests that this low-mounted coat rack in your entry hall is for shoes, not doggie sweaters, they will probably want one. Shoes sometimes need to be removed to avoid tracking up the house. This is an easy way to prevent someone from tripping on these shoes and keeps the entry hall from being cluttered.
Shower Curtain Clips Hold Your Beauty Products
Cosmetics take up space even on a large bathroom vanity. When you have a smaller vanity, you need to be creative. Using shower curtain clips to hang cosmetics that are in a tube helps you organize them and removes clutter from your vanity. You can install an extra towel bar in a convenient spot to hang them.
Turn Your Fridge Into Magnetic Spice Storage
Here is another idea for storing spices in an unused, vertical space. Get small, flat tins with plastic lids. Label the spices on the lids. Attach magnets on the bottom, and arrange on the refrigerator. This makes the spices accessible and clears up a lot of space in the cupboards.
One shelf above the washer and dryer is not unusual, but a second slanting shelf adds extra convenience. The slanted shelf makes it possible to have this shelf above a shelf for laundry supplies. The slanted shelf has a lip, so, that it will hold laundry baskets. The slope makes it easy to get clothes out of the laundry baskets.
Build a Freestanding Bathroom Cabinet
Instead of just having a toilet tissue holder attached to the bathroom vanity, you can add more storage by slipping a freestanding shelving unit in that space. It can hold items for quick access such as a toilet bowl brush and extra rolls of toilet tissue. It can be built to coordinate with any bathroom.
Mount Colorful Hat Boxes for Bathroom Storage
This unique idea adds decorative storage to the bathroom. Attaching hat boxes to the wall and using them to store toilet tissue and rolled towels makes this storage idea a creative focal point in the room. You can use the colors and the designs on the hat boxes elsewhere in the bathroom.
Use Every Inch with Rolling Under-Bed Storage
Under-bed storage is a way to convert an unused space. Anyone can manage this idea, even if they are not do-it-yourselfers. Start with a bookcase with adjustable shelves. Paint it or leave it as is. Attach wheels to the back and two handles on one side. Lay it on its back, and you have an instant under-bed storage unit.
Fill a Shoe Organizer with Cleaning Supplies
Another idea for those cleaning supplies that are cluttered under the sink is to hang them on the back of a door in a multi-pocket shoe bag. Individual items will be easier to spot, making them more accessible, and if you have young children, you can hang them on the back of a closet door that can be locked.
Sliding Shelves Mounted Behind Bathroom Mirror
Rather than the traditional medicine cabinet, which has a door that opens out over the sink and is at times in the way, this mirrored storage area has right and left sliding shelves that stay against the wall when open and only pull out half the width of the storage area, compacting the space needed to access items.
Pantry Door Transformed Into a Spice Rack
Individual jars are small, but spices can take up shelf space. So, finding unused space where spices can be stored vertically is great. Creating shelving for spices on the back of the pantry door is a perfect solution. In addition to the spices, space was created for food storage supplies and bins were created for potatoes and onions.
Shelves Multitask as Storage and Room Divider
This shelving unit has boxes and baskets that create storage but are also decorative. In addition, it is a room divider and a focal point. It is backless, so items on the shelves can be accessed from either side and neither part of the room is treated as less important decoratively.
Hidden Sliding Shelf in a Small Bathroom
More storage space can be created in the bathroom by building a pull-out cupboard in a narrow space between the sink and the wall. The cupboard is attractively built to coordinate with the bathroom and fits perfectly in the narrow corner by the door, providing shelving for cleaning supplies, health and beauty aids, toiletries, cosmetics, and towels.
Install a Bookshelf Beneath the Bed
The space under the bed can become more than a place to grow dust bunnies. Creating bookshelves under the bed can eliminate stacks of books in all areas of your home. The books will be organized and easier to find. In addition, the space under the bed will be sealed off preventing any more dust bunnies from growing there.
Hanging Shelves Double Cabinet Space
Adding hanging shelves allows you to store items more accessibly without stacking. Stacking items to get everything in the cupboard means you have to remove the items on top to get to the items on the bottom. These hanging shelves hold the items that would be stacked. So, the items that would be on the bottom are easier to access.
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Spices cannot be stacked. So, they end up scattered on a cupboard shelf or in a spice rack that takes up counter space. However, this rolling spice rack uses two good elements for creating space. First, it converts an unused space into storage, and then, it makes it possible to store the spices vertically.
Gorgeous and Modern Built-In Laundry Storage
Stackable washers and dryers are space savers in small laundry areas. A do-it-yourself shelving unit built around the stackable washer and dryer gives you a place for your laundry supplies. To hide your laundry nook, add hinges and a door. If you have small children, add a lock. Then, your children cannot get into the detergent and other cleaning supplies.
Simple Shower Ring Scarf Storage
Instead of having your scarves stacked in a drawer or thrown over a hanger where you have to sort through them, you can hook shower rings over a hanger. Your scarves take up less space than in a drawer, and they are separated for easier access than just throwing them over the hanger.
Install a Full-Length Mirror with Hidden Shelving
This idea performs double duty. It provides a full-length mirror and hidden storage for cosmetics and other health and beauty aids. Get a full-length mirror and build a frame for it. Add shelving, a knob, and hinges. Stain or paint it to complement your bathroom decor. Then, mount it on the wall.
Cabinets Beneath the Stairs Maximize Unused Space
This clever staircase is a set of sturdy cabinets fastened securely together. The cabinet tops vary in height by the height of two risers on the staircase. The steps in between the cabinet tops are boxes with the step being hinged so that the step lifts up to reveal more storage space. The cabinets have adjustable shelves.
Wire Shelving For Storing Pans
These wire racks apply the vertical storage element to make pans more accessible. Pans are stacked, leaving lots of space above them. However, some pans usually have to be removed to get access to the pan you want. These racks take advantage of the extra vertical space available in the cupboard and separate the pans so that you can just pull out the pan you want.