Storage is one of the hardest issues for boat owners. It's not a shock then that sailors come up with solutions to suit even the smallest spaces around. Here are seven products you can put to good use at home....
1. This Brooklyn studio cut an extra piece of wood, then installed it on brackets at the end of the counter to one side. In the process, they added extra prep space that can be tucked out of sight when not needed.
Above, stainless steel table bracket for folding countertops or dining spaces; $16.99 from Amazon.
2. These natural buckets are made of very strong but pliable canvas with secure handles, which makes great storage for magazines, toys, towels, etc... They fold down when not in use.
Canvas Water Bucket by Rothco; $8.99 - $18.33 from Amazon.
3. Boat cleats can serve as bathroom hooks, curtain ties, and unruly cord storage. This Atlanta home used a series of them for towel storage in their outdoor space.
Cast Iron Galvanized Cleat from Invincible Marine; $11.96 from Amazon.
4. Boat hatch hardware is made for marine life, but also works well in small kitchens and bathrooms. Flush hardware takes up less space, and it adds a certain utilitarian charm. This kitchen was designed by Marsh & Clark, with marine hardware from EM Hundley.
Stainless steel hatch lift ring by Marine Town; $12.99 from Amazon.
5. When it comes to storing like stuffed animals, toys, toilet paper — or other soft items — think about cargo nets or woven nylon hammocks.
Cargo Net by T.H. Marine; $30.93 from Amazon.
6. Rubber boating straps, stretched between two screws, turn any surface into a storage system for sunglasses, menus and what have you.
NoMarr Straps Variety Pack from Kena; $14.95 from Amazon.
7. Dish racks are a necessity in most kitchens. But if you don't have much counter space to devote to one, try a wall-mounted dish rack, or one that folds up when not in use.
Wooden Dish Rack by SeaTek: $255.01 from Amazon.
Re-edited from a post originally published 3.17.15-NT