The Best Links for Small Space Decor Ideas

 

Buffet in RoomThere are so many resources out in cyberspace that give excellent advice and that tweak your decorating creativity.

Decorating and organizing a small space doesn’t have to be impossible…you just have to know where to look.

Here are links to a few of my favorite online resources:

In my post How to Personalize a Small Space Rental, I’ve included a video from Apartment Therapy showing two apartments with identical layouts but totally different vibes.  Apartment Therapy is probably my favorite decorating site simply because it encompasses such a wide variety of decorating dilemmas…not just small space decor.

Pinterest and Houzz – 2 Favorites

Another fabulous site for decorating ideas is Pinterest.  Seriously, if you need ideas for holiday decor or bathroom vanities or gardening in a small space, Pinterest is a great place to search.

Even if you don’t need decorating ideas, you’ll find all sorts of hints, tips and solutions for healthy recipes or funny quotes, craft ideas, wall art, home based business ideas…you name it and I’ll bet you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

small yardIf you haven’t already, consider joining Pinterest…you can create your own Boards and save your favorite ideas from other Pinterest friends.

Start by visiting my Pinterest Boards…I’ve got 28 boards and more than a thousand pins!  One of my boards is Small Space Solutions.

The first decorating site I joined was Houzz.  That was before I moved to a townhouse.  But Houzz has thousands of decorating and DIY ideas for homes and gardens both large and small.  It’s a wonderful place to present a design dilemma at the Advice tab.  You’ll get answers or suggestions from other members and a few professionals to help you with your problem.

Finding Perfect Furnishings is Fun!

One Kings Lane is another beautiful resource for every possible home decor ideas that you might be searching for…and now you can search for whatever you need for entertaining, gifting and decorating. So much beautiful art objects like this:


8″ Nautilus w/ Sterling Silver, Brown

from: One Kings Lane

They’ve got furniture and decor for every room in your home! Be sure to check out the website.

There’s also a $15 credit on a $30 purchase for new members.  Can’t beat that deal!

For more beautiful furniture and design ideas, you really can’t go wrong with Dot & Bo.

D&B LoftI’m serious…they don’t just sell stuff. Want to learn The Secret Trick You Need for Successful Loft Living?

And much more…it’s lots of fun and there’s a wealth of useful advice at Dot & Bo’s Design District.

So check out these links and please let me know your thoughts.  If you have favorite decorating sites, I’d love to include them.

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Bedroom Storage Solutions

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Small apartments or homes often have limited storage space so it’s really important to maximize the space that’s actually available. One of the biggest challenges is the bedroom, especially if it’s small. Two people sharing the room presents an even greater dilemma.

  • Sort through the clothing or items that belong in the closet or cupboard and eliminate what you haven’t used in the past few months. Do you really need that piece of clothing or pair of shoes?
  • Purchase a closet organizer to replace the single pole that is typically installed in the space. There are so many styles and price ranges to choose from that you’re sure to find just the right system for your purpose.
  • Put clear storage boxes on the top shelf to store out of season items. You’ll still be able to see what you have. Or use baskets that you have labeled.
    • Another idea for out of season clothing is to use vacuum sealed space bags. The downside to that is that you’ll likely need to press everything when you remove the clothing from the bags!

    Storage Space for Two

    So there are two of you in the room? Been there, done that! As crowded as it can be for two people sharing a small space, there are DIY solutions.

    • One of my favorite ideas is to use low chests of drawers as bedside tables. The tops are wide enough for a lamp, books and a glass of water and the drawers are perfect for clothing.

    Kiran Embossed Metal DresserMy husband had the tall dresser in the room and I used the two low chests with drawers that doubled as bedside nightstands. A great solution for a potential problem!

    An ideal height is between 27″ and 30″ and the width can be whatever size will fit nicely on each side of the bed.

    There’s plenty of room in each drawer for clothing or accessories.

    Here’s another option from Dot & Bo.

    Hagerstown Walnut 3-Drawer Dresser and TV Organizer: Dot & Bo

    • Consider under-the-bed storage, as well. Use clear plastic containers with wheels to store whatever you need to access on a fairly regular basis.

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    They are ideal for shoes, for example. Because the bins are easy to roll out and can be opened from either end, it’s easy to choose the shoes you want to wear, then slide the bin back underneath the bed. Perfect!

    I think this makes sense regardless of the size of the room or the number of people sharing it! The key is to think outside the box!

    Utilizing Vertical Spaces

    Storage in a small room can be created vertically, as well.

    • Use the backs of doors and walls as storage 5.-Use-the-back-of-a-bathroom-door-to-hang-towels-29-Sneaky-Tips-For-Small-Space-Livingsurfaces. This idea of attaching two towel bars to the back of the bathroom door is nothing short of brilliant. But the same principle can be applied in the bedroom. It would be perfect for hanging ties or scarves or even towels, for that matter, which frees up space in the bathroom. Especially if you only have one bathroom.
    • Consider attaching hooks to the back of the door or to the bedroom walls in an organized manner. It’s an attractive and functional solution.

     

     

    I love these decorative hooks, too, for keeping jewelry in order. Every opportunity for being organized should be a priority in a small space.

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    These suggestions can be applied to just about any room. You’ll be amazed at how simple it will be to keep everything in order once you actually have it in order!

    See which of these ideas will work for you. You’ll find that it’s easier to stay organized once you get organized!

    Your thoughts?

    I’ll be pleased to post photos of your small bedroom storage solutions so be sure to send them to me in the comments!

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