Scale down shelves: Very often in small spaces, there’s not room for overly large furniture or lots of extras. That’s why the search for sized-down furniture can yield unexpected rewards — even the three-shelf unit here. It offers just enough space for extra towels and toiletries, as well as pretty display space.
Build cabinets to the ceiling: Another way to make more space in the kitchen is to install cabinets that reach up to the ceiling. This will create a few inches of extra shelf room that can be used to put away serving ware and other less-frequently used items.
Combine cabinet types: Not all storage works the same: Doors and drawers each serve a purpose to stash different types of items, especially in heavy-traffic areas such as bathrooms. Even in tight spots, mix up the options — here, a narrow drawer steals a few precious inches above the toilet — to offer more storage options.
Rely on double-duty furniture: Pieces that can work in a variety of ways are a great fit for small-space storage. Home offices, for example, may be difficult to create out of limited square footage, but strategically placed bookshelves — even those out in the open — may offer practical and beautiful space.
Hide your storage: Not all items to be stored need be in view. Furniture tricks — here, a table skirt with a pretty pattern — help to hide shelves, baskets, and the like for a clean look that still boosts storage.
Pare down: Small spaces are great for getting back to the basics — or the essentials — and keeping less stuff (which, in turn, means less stuff to manage). Have only what is necessary for your family — a set or two of towels, for example — and replace items as they get worn or damaged. In addition, to maintain easy access to what you do have, subdivide open spaces for better organisation.
Open up storage: Cabinet doors take up square feet that may not be available in small spaces. Instead, opt for narrow or short shelves to gain extra surfaces to store that which is used most often — plates, glasses — in easy reach.
Think in inches, not feet: Some items are difficult to store, even if space isn’t an issue. Jewellery collections, for example, tend to include a range of pieces that resist stashing in regular-size compartments. To save valuable drawers and shelves, look to walls for extra storage in a small space. Outfit an empty frame with a piece of cork and use pins to hang necklaces and bracelets. Install near a dressing area for easy access.
Hide Electronics: For small rooms, counter and work surface space comes at a premium. Instead of keeping all those essential tech pieces such as printers and scanners out in the line of sight, tuck them into sized-right drawers.
Use your windows: Natural light is a boon in small spaces, helping to brighten dark corners and make tight rooms feel bigger. But windows can also gobble up potential storage spots. To get the best of both window-focused worlds, consider a strategy used in this kitchen: a mid-height shelf for a few short bowls, and a hanging rack near the ceiling for essential pots and pans.