Just because you’re confined to a small space doesn’t mean you have to live a cramped life. Too often, people end up cluttering their home without considering minor changes to solve their problems. If you’re looking for functional ways to maximize your space, the two focal points for space-saving home design are versatility and organization.
In this blog, we get creative with space— giving you a few cool tips on how to totally transform your sense of storage.
The kitchen tends to be one of the more active rooms in a house, making it a prime place for clutter. To counteract it, we need to get creative in the kitchen. Because so many items are readily needed, it’s important they stay easily accessible.
One of the biggest space-wasters is the inside of your cupboards. Great for keeping things out of sight, you’ll be surprised how much they can actually hold. But when the cupboard’s “one-size-fits-anything” isn’t cutting it, adding some minor upgrades can get the most out of them.
Removing anything that is oddly shaped or asymmetrical is a great place to begin. Keeping your pots and pans jumbled in a cupboard wastes a lot of valuable storage space. Try hanging your pots and pans on small hooks or painted nails, either inside the cupboard or elsewhere in the kitchen.
Before you start cupboard-Tetris, try adding extra levels of shelving inside your cupboards. Rather than leaving unused space above the current cupboard tenants, shelves take advantage of the open vertical space. Be sure to keep similar shaped items in groups; cans stack on cans, boxes can stack horizontally or be lined up vertically, and finally, oddly shaped and miscellaneous items (like that freshly opened jar of Nutella) can fill the space closest to the top.
To make the most of your lower cupboard space, installing rollout or slide out drawers will make sure you’re using every square inch of the space. Too often, people tend to leave the rear section of cupboards less populated than the front. Drawers will give you the ability to find anything you’re looking for without getting on all fours and reaching into the depths of your cupboard. Here are some great options for organized drawers.
Our number one tip to get the most out of your laundry room is to go vertical. The upper reaches of a laundry room can be utilized, adding an amazing dimension to your smaller space. Creative shelving that complements the architecture of your unique space is crucial to making the most of it.
For any unused nooks, try a tall, freestanding shelf, and then organize it with matching baskets. The baskets will keep your stuff neat and out of sight, with ample room to keep things off the floor. Throw in a succulent or decoration instead of a basket on one shelf to add a touch of style.
If you’re looking to save on both space and your energy bill, a ceiling mounted drying rack is the perfect solution. A convenient (and inexpensive) place to dry your clothes, it will keep them out of your way while they hang. But that’s not even the best part. Get this: You can make one in under an hour, and for pennies on the dollar for a retail rack. With some good old-fashioned creativity, you’ll have the stylish solution that your laundry room needs.
A messy bedroom can inspire poetry, but if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by the mess or by lack of space, we have good news: several places in your room are more versatile than you may think, and can double your storage space in no time.
First things first, if you’re not storing something under the bed, you’re wrong. Whether it’s sweaters, coats, summer attire, bed sheets, or towels, the space under your bed is a phenomenal spot to slide some storage boxes.
Storage ottomans are another versatile solution that will keep your items hidden in plain sight. They can be used as a temporary seat, a footrest, a platform to keep things off the ground, and even a stepstool, all the while keeping your books, spare blankets, or any other clutter hidden. If you’re looking to add some unique style, this super simple DIY will teach you how to customize your ottoman.
Our last tip may require a bit of handy work, but the amount of space it can free up makes an hour of work totally worth it: Move the hanger rack higher. Usually hanger racks are installed around eye level, but many don’t realize how much space this can waste. Moving your rack higher will keep all of your clothing accessible, adding space below. Once you’ve raised the bar, you’ll have plenty of room to stow some of the larger objects that take up floor space, for example: a shoe rack, a set of sliding drawers, even the laundry hamper.
If you live in a smaller space, versatility and re-organization are your best friends. Getting creative with what you already have is a great way to begin.
If you have any cool small space solution, tips, tricks, or hacks, leave us a comment below! We would love to hear how you make the most out of your home.