Small Space Solutions: Storage Spots You May Be Ignoring (at Your Own Peril)

Small Space Solutions: Storage Spots You May Be Ignoring (at Your Own Peril)

Nancy Mitchell
Feb 23, 2015
Image from Skona Hem, via French by Design.
(Image credit: Skona Hem)

There is no more space in your apartment. Or at least, you think there is no more space in your apartment. But have you considered one of these sneaky storage spots? Here are seven spots, perfect for stashing things, that you may not have thought about.

1. Right next to your toilet.
Chances are that no matter how small your bathroom, there are at least a few inches between your toilet bowl and the wall (or the bathroom cabinet). This is the perfect spot for a really slim cabinet with drawers (like this one, only 6 3/4" wide). You'd be amazed at what you can fit into such a small space.

Storage above the cabinets, spotted on A Beautiful Mess.
(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

2. Above your kitchen cabinets.
The awkward space between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling provides plenty of opportunities for storage, seven of which are explored here.

Undershelf storage from 79 Ideas.
(Image credit: Homelife Magazine via Seventy Nine Ideas)

3. Under your shelves.
Your shelves are stacked high — but what about the space under the shelves? These days there are plenty of storage solutions for squeezing out a little space beneath your cabinets or shelves. Find seven of them here.

Above-the-door storage spotted on My Scandinavian Home.
(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

4. Above the door.
Most apartments have at least a foot, if not more, between the top of the door and the ceiling. Mount a shelf up there and you'll be taking advantage of storage space you never even knew you had. (You can see examples of this here.)

5. On the door.
There are all kinds of readymade products for storing things on your doors, and they go way beyond those over-the-door shoe hangers (although those can be useful too). I once lived in a house that had this shelving system that mounts to the back of the pantry door, and it was tremendously useful. And of course there are plenty of hooks and racks that go over doors, and you should never underestimate the amount of things you can hang up.

'Baking Pantry in a Cabinet' DIY from Jenny Steffens.
(Image credit: Jenny Steffens)

6. Inside cabinet doors.
You can't make your cabinets any bigger (without doing a lot of work, anyway) but you can maximize the amount of usable space in your cabinets. Use hooks or small nails to hang smaller items, like measuring spoons, on the inside of kitchen cabinets, or use a basket or rack hung from the door to stash cleaning supplies in the kitchen, and hair dryers and beauty supplies in the bathroom.

Shelves above a desk, spotted on Style Me Pretty.
(Image credit: Style Me Pretty)

7. Above your furniture.
There might be plenty of space in your apartment — maybe you just haven't thought about it because it's above something else. Use wall mounted shelves to reclaim the space above desks (and even beds, if you don't live in earthquake country). Just make sure those suckers are properly secured to the wall, and you can put practically anything on them.

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