17 Narrow Cabinets and Storage Solutions for Keeping Even the Smallest Spaces Organized

updated Jan 17, 2023
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IKEA’s GNEDBY shelf units look great on a wall OR tucked into a narrow space. (Image credit: IKEA)

Whether you deeply despise organizing your home or love finding a place for absolutely everything, we can all agree that the final result always feels better than what you started with. That being said, not all organizational feats are equal and some spaces are much more difficult to bring order to than others.

While it goes without saying that small spaces typically have less storage, it doesn’t mean that larger homes won’t have their own fair share of problems. Odd little nooks and crannies seem to pop up everywhere, like the space by your toilet, areas between shelves in your closet, or a gap next to your couch. While they all might seem like befuddling storage dilemmas, they’re actually places where you can sneak in extra organization and get really creative with how you arrange things. One of the best ways to tackle this? Incorporating a narrow cabinet or other slim form of organization, which can look just as sleek as the furniture around them. It’s just a matter of finding the right fit — stylistically and physically.

Below, we’ve rounded up 17 narrow storage products — from cabinets and shelves to ledges and towers — that’ll make the most of even the most snug space. Happy organizing!

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was $499.00

Bookworms dream of having their very own library, but if your home is currently a bit more on the cozier side, a small cabinet can help accommodate a smaller portion of your book collection and keep it from spilling onto the floor. This colorful steel version from Wayfair — reminiscent of a school locker — will give you enough space to organize your reads without taking up too much space.

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We’re not sure what it is about socks and underwear, but they always get lost somewhere between the hamper and dryer. If they do happen to survive, they somehow never end up back in their designated spot. Narrow organization drawers, like this mDesign find, can contain the clothing items that get tossed about from drawer to floor.

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Struggling to find space for accessories? This slide-out rack from Wayfair is designed for just this kind of dilemma. Install it so it stays tucked next to your hanging clothes in the closet, where it can be used to house belts, scarves, ties, and other fashion accessories.

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Believe it or not, the tiny sliver of wall space between your door and wall can actually offer some serious storage potential. To make the most of the area, install a slender bookcase in a cramped corner to earn some extra storage that can also double as stylish decor.

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Urban Outfitters
was $899.00

Not every space is blessed with a large linen closet — or any closet for that matter. A narrow cabinet, such as this wooden one from Urban Outfitters, removes towels and sheets from precious shelf space and keeps them tucked away in their own designated area.

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Not everything can be a testament to your eye for style. Cooking utensils, spices, tools, and other odds and ends need space too — just preferably not out in the open. A narrow “pantry,” like this one from Giantex, is only four inches wide, making it perfect for those awkward little areas in your kitchen or for small cooking spaces that can’t fit a pantry.

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West Elm

Behold, proof that the area by your toilet can look cool. This sleek, narrow cabinet from West Elm looks updated and modern but also has wheels for easy access and refills. This is an ideal workaround for spaces that can’t squeeze in a full-size cabinet or shelf for storing cleaning products and extra rolls of toilet paper.

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The Container Store

Turn even the tiniest bit of spare room in your kitchen or bathroom into a storage-savvy display with a compact pull-out drawer cabinet. This slim tower from The Container Store is small enough to squeeze between your toilet and sink but offers enough storage room for all your cosmetics and beloved beauty supplies.

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was $32.98

Slim, sleek, and super easy to install, wall-mounted picture ledges — like this SONGMICs set — provide just enough room to store tiny cosmetics and toiletries (like nail polish and perfume) and are small enough to fit anywhere in your bathroom. You can even install them on the wall, then push your furniture up to them to create sneaky slim shelves inside the vertical gaps.

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Looking for an affordable way to score more living room storage? There are tons of sleek, and more importantly, insanely slim side tables with built-in storage out there. This end table from Wayfair will fit perfectly between two sofas or your sofa and the wall, and it boasts a sneaky flip-top where you can stash television remotes, tech cords, and more.

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In dire need of some bedside storage, but hardly have room for a nightstand? The LACK wall shelf unit from IKEA fits nicely next to your bed and offers way more storage potential than a bulky single-drawer nightstand. You can use it to stash everything from your TBR pile to the sound machine you can't sleep without.

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Why carve out a little bit of storage room behind the door when you can install a whole darn storage cabinet? This slim version from Amazon attaches directly to your door's hinges and offers eight roomy shelves for storing cooking supplies, pantry staples, and more.

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was $85.99

A little rolling cart goes a long way in a cramped (and storage-deprived) room. This four-wheeled wonder comes equipped with three spacious storage baskets and features a pull-out drawer design for easy access no matter where you place it. It's the ideal pick for any space that could use a functional boost, like a laundry area or playroom.

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was $41.99

If you don't already know about the space-saving potential of a Clutterbuster then now's the time to wise up. Designed for hanging clothes, coats, and towels, this swiveling cutie attaches directly to your door hinges for unexpected storage space that you won't want to live without.

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Magnetic spice racks can essentially be installed anywhere — think the side of your fridge or cabinet or in the small wall space between your oven hood and stove — for a bit of unanticipated storage opportunity and easy access to your kitchen supplies.

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was $79.89

If I had to highlight TikTok's top furniture discoveries in 2023, this shoe cabinet would definitely claim the top spot. With its stunning rattan front, this sleek console cabinet opens up to unveil a multitude of shoe storage compartments, making it a beautiful addition to entryways that effortlessly conceals any shoe clutter.

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Bed Bath & Beyond
was $66.37

If you've got a small gap between your toilet and sink (or wall), this storage cart is the perfect fit for that tight bathroom space. Dealing with an overflowing medicine cabinet and a pedestal sink without a vanity? This cabinet is the solution you've been looking for — with plenty of room to stash moisturizers, razors, towels, and more.