We can read about small space solutions and ideas all we want, but what we really love to see are ideas that are already implemented in a living space. Telling us that boxes on a shelf make for great storage is great and all, but we'd much rather see where "real" people are storing their stuff in functional ways.
These are a few of our favorite space saving ideas we've seen in recent house tours. Do you remember something that has stuck with you since? Make sure to leave us a link or a comment below and add it to the list!
• Pull Out Storage: In this case, it happens to be a pull out closet that takes up the same amount of space as a hang bag, but because short walls were built around it, it rolls right out of sight! This is a fabulous tour in general and makes the most out of every single square inch, so we encourage you to take another look at Matthew and Emma's Eco Environment.
• Wall Mounted Bedside Lamps: We ran across this cute bedroom set up over in John and Melissa's City Skyline Renovation and the lack of side table makes the space feel larger than it really is.
• Clear Dining Room Table: Although this table doesn't really take up a smaller footprint in the room, just imagine if it were solid wood and how it would limit your view of the space visually. It's still a large table but works well in this smaller space because you can see right through (which also means everyone will notice when you feed your brussel sprouts to the dog!). It's also from John and Melissa's City Skyline Renovation.
• Seating Under Television: Most will have an entertainment center under their television and not even think about putting seating in such a place. But when you use a bench like in Chicago's Smart Home, then it's pretty easy to have extra seating for guests, which unless you're having a movie marathon, will be a great way to finish off a conversational circle so friends can talk across from each other instead of side by side.
• Use The Small Spaces Wisely: In a small kitchen it can be difficult to find a place for everything you need. Don't discredit 3 inches here or 6 inches there, you could be putting them to use as a shelf next to your stove or up the wall for seasonings like in Katy and Tighe's Cozy Island Cottage.
(Images: As linked above)