Multi-Purpose Furniture = Smart Storage = Smart Decorating
It’s true! It doesn’t matter one whit what size room you’re furnishing but it’s especially smart when your space is small.
It’s all about Smart Storage
In the living room, bedroom, study…
- Small chests make great side tables in the bedroom or living room.
- A small chest is a good place to store books, magazines, and that remote control that’s forever getting lost.
- Place a small chest by your front door, hang a mirror over it, add a small lamp and you’ve created an attractive and useful entryway.
- A basket for mail could sit on top.
- Mittens, hats, keys, maps, etc. can be stashed in the drawers for use when you need them but out of the way when you don’t.
In the Kitchen…
- Store pots and pans on pot racks or on hooks on a wall. This is a clever use of a pot rail that I found in an Apartment Therapy article, “The Easy-to-Add Super-Stylish Storage Solution Every Kitchen Needs”.
Read that article and you’ll see that there are brass pot rails, copper pot rails, pegged pot rails, chrome pot rails. I think you can find a pot rail to blend with just about any decor theme you’ve got in your kitchen!
- Another option for kitchen wall storage is to use pegboard on a wall for utensils, etc. Like this idea.
Extra Small Space Storage Options…
Don’t forget about your cabinets and cupboards…baskets are perfect for keeping small items together.
I recently reorganized my daughter’s pantry (much to her delight) and used wire baskets for all the different categories.
Potatoes and onions went into their own baskets on the floor.
Snack bags and boxes were all grouped together in two baskets…one behind the other on the deep shelves.
Seasonings, pasta, rice, and cereal were all given new baskets, too.
Treats for Sadie and Milo (their two dogs) had their own basket.
It was such an improvement over knocking the bag of chips off the shelf while trying to retrieve a box of snack crackers.
You get the idea.
- Here’s another idea from Apartment Therapy…basket storage for toys.
- Storing toys and knitting supplies in baskets are handy but out of the way. Lidded baskets are ideal but even open top baskets will corral clutter.
And for even more brilliant storage solutions, read on:
- Trunks and storage ottomans can be clever coffee/cocktail tables.
If you love a DIY project, look for an old trunk or wagon at a flea market and turn it into a one-of-a-kind coffee table. You’ll have a unique piece that will be a conversation starter, for sure.
- Put your bed on risers and use the space below to store bedding or out-of-season clothing or shoes, etc.
Keeping the bedroom neat is important and using under-bed storage is sensible. For example, if you don’t have a linen closet, lidded storage bins on rollers work great.
Another idea: Place a trunk or storage bench at the bottom of the bed for a place to sit while putting on your shoes.
Watch this YouTube video for clever multi-purpose furniture like a sofa that turns into bunk beds. There’s also a wall-mounted desk similar to one I’ve recommended in a recent post Best Wall-Mounted Desks.
This video is really fun and it’ll get those creative juices flowing.
Honestly, if you have any other suggestions that have worked for you, I’d be delighted to post them (pictures, too) here.
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!