Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

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…

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!

Kitchen with brass pot rail.

  • Another option for kitchen wall storage is to use pegboard on a wall for utensils, etc. Like this idea.

Pegboard in Kitchen

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.

Baskets for toy storage

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.

So there you go…lots of ideas to incorporate good design and smart storage using your wall space, any room under beds, organizing your cabinets and cupboards for maximum space.

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!

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How to Organize Your Closet

Nearly every decorator or designer recommends that the very first room you should complete is your bedroom. It’s your sanctuary…the place to go at the end of a long day. It’s where you regroup, relax, rest and it’s all yours…a private retreat.

 But as we’ve established, small bedrooms are difficult to organize especially if it’s shared by two people. There’s double everything…clothing, shoes, accessories and finding space in a small space can be frustrating. So turning it into a relaxing retreat is a challenge, for sure.

If you can maximize the space in your closet, you’ll be well on your way to that relaxing retreat.

Of course, a major hurdle is making room for all of those clothes, shoes, etc.

You’ll get more bang for your buck with a really good closet organizer.  I absolutely recommend getting this in order and here’s a suggestion that’s easy to purchase and install.

Closet Maid Customer Pic

It’s by Closet Maid. It’s the Impressions line. The beauty of this is that it can totally be customized to fit your space. This particular configuration is designed for closets from 5 to 10 feet wide.

I used this system at our last home…it was perfect. And I have every intention of putting this system in the closets at my new place, too.  Just haven’t done that, yet.

If you have a big walk-in closet (unlikely in a small space but not unheard of) you could do this:

Closet Maid walk in

  • This system has drawers, shelves, and rods in many configurations.
  • There’s an installation guide and you can get it with or without drawers.
  • There are shoe racks and corner shelves…you name it.

The point is, you can make this work whatever your situation.  It’s affordable and has so many good reviews.

I would love to have your thoughts on these suggestions and any unique solutions that might be working for you, too.