5 Smart Space Savers from Around the Web

There are lots of ways to save space in a tiny home and maximize the little space you do have. So many ways, in fact, that one can get a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of good ideas out there. And what if you just want something easy to implement, and something you can use in a rental place and that won't cost a ton to add?

We've gathered our favorite tips from around the web that we've come across recently. From House Beautiful to Houzz, Design*Sponge to Martha Stewart, plenty of online design resources have weighed in on their favorite ways to save space. Here are our favorites of their favorites:

• It's that area that you never really even think of, but then once you do, you realize its brilliance: Style at Home suggests using shelves above doorways as extra storage. Especially excellent in bathrooms. They also remind us that if you're gonna have coffee tables or side tables in a teeny tiny living room, you might as well make them work for you: choose ones with storage.

• While the kitchen backsplash has long been a favorite spot to add color or pattern, House Beautiful suggests using a mirrored surface there to create an illusion of space and more light. And if you can't help but use your counter for a little storage, consider containing clutter in trays (which are also easy to move when needed).

Houzz reminds us that a magnetic wall-mounted knife rack is a much better space saver than a wooden knife block, and that a rolling cart is the perfect thing to have on hand for extra countertop space, but easy to move away when guests arrive.

• Design*Sponge has shown over and over again that there are plenty of ways in which you can incorporate hidden storage, and that hanging storage can be a surprisingly good-looking way to add more space. Pegboards don't fit everyone's aesthetic, but they're relatively cheap and easy to use.

• Martha Stewart, of course, has tons of space saving and maximizing tips that we've enjoyed. Magnetic strips in the medicine cabinet for scissors, bobby pins and other metal objects can transform your tiny bathroom through organization. Attaching wheels to a wooden box or drawer can make for delightfully easy extra storage under a bed. In the kitchen, use tension curtain rods for tray and cutting board pantry and cabinet dividers.

What are you favorite space-saving tips from around the web that don't take a lot of money, time or effort to incorporate? Which ones have you used successfully? Let us know!

(Images: Top left: Martha Stewart, Top right: Martha Stewart, Bottom Left: Design*Sponge, Bottom Right: House Beautiful)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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