10 Interesting Ideas for New Storage Areas
Small homes can be charming, but all that charm can offer unique
challenges, especially in the storage department. That's why those
who love small houses have to get creative! These ideas can help
you find the hidden storage options in your home:
Build a storage area underneath the stairs.
That dead space underneath the stairs would make a great bookcase,
built-in chest of drawers, and even a wine rack.
Long sitting benches in the hallway double as great
A long, high bench can offer deep storage options while adding
space to sit and rest a spell.
The large bookcase offers not only great storage, but a nice way to
showcase your favorite things.
Consider a "through the wall" bookcase.
A bookcase that fits into the middle of a wall, with sides open to
two rooms instead of one, turns your actual wall into unexpected
Lift up your beds!
Put your beds on 12-inch risers, then use the space underneath for
handy clothes trunks and rolling storage bins. You can have plenty
of extra space without doing any construction on your home.
Look up at the ceilings.
A long shelf about a foot below the ceiling, or a shelf tucked
right over a door can make for great storage of those little things
you like to display, but really can't find the room for
Make space do double-duty.
Does that breakfast nook fit the kitchen perfectly, but your office
area is a bit too close for comfort? Consider moving breakfast to
the eat-in kitchen and turning that area into your office. It might
not be the most conventional plan, but it's a creative option!
Opt for cabinets with built-in storage
That lazy susan in the corner cabinet or that fold-out pantry
beside the sink are all unexpected ways to make unused kitchen spaces work
for your storage needs.
Make creative use of your attic.
Create a small playroom, office area, or built-in bookcases that
fill the entire attic knee space.
Look inside your closets.
Do you have space for shelves above the clothes racks? Consider
installing shelves, boxes, and other storage options to your
closets to hold the odds-and-ends that don't seem to fit in well
Make creative use of your small house by incorporating storage
into the most unlikely of places. When it comes to small houses and
lots of stuff, don't be afraid to think outside the box!
About the author:
Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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