More and more people are opting for smaller living spaces and with that comes the challenge of finding a place to store everything. Sometimes you have to be a little innovative to make everything fit just right. Here are some good tips and amazing ideas for your small space!
One of the hardest parts of tiny places is finding a work space. It can seem like an unneeded frivolity but having a place to work or handle your personal business at home can come in very handy. One way to make space for a desk is by re-purposing an old armoire into a home office that closes up when your finished to hide any unwanted messes. Why not take it another step and accentuate the interior with a pretty or functional wallcovering or fabric? It’s a great way to add personality and a little fun.
Or if you have a closet that could be put to better use, let it double as storage and a work space!
Another great way to save space in a small room is built-in storage or built-in storage/furniture. When thinking about areas for storage remember the vertical lines in the room — whether it’s a surround storage feature that accentuates the headboard wall or storage tucked under a loft bed… Think about the options of a custom built-in as a design to maximize your space — these offer the option of addressing your storage needs in a clean, organized fashion and can make a room feel less crowded. Check out these room ideas with built-in storage:
Using the vertical space as a defining architectural element as seen with this built-in storage and loft bed can take a smaller room and make it feel larger by stacking the task areas.
These great built-in vertical bookshelves around or under the bed make efficient use of space!
If built-ins are not a possibility, don’t forget about hidden vertical space! Walls have lots of storage potential but much of this is neglected for furniture that sits on the floor which can make a space seem crowded. This above-door shelf in the bathroom is a great place to put out of the way extras.
And if storage and defined rooms are non-existent in your studio or the new micro space apartments — think of it as a blank canvas…maybe follow in the footsteps of European designer Till Koenneker and his Living Cube. He designed this storage masterpiece that contains media, clothes, and decorative storage, as well as a walk-in closet and bed loft!
Small spaces can create amazing storage opportunities – they are a puzzle waiting to be figured out, but if you do it right, its worth the extra effort for the extra functional and decorative space.