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:

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.

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 love to post them (pictures, too) here.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

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Review: A Bookcase for Small Spaces

Threshold Carson 5-Shelf Bookcase

Target Bookcase

Threshold Carson Bookcase

  • Website URL: www.target.com
  • List Price: $119.99 plus 5% discount if you use your Red Card)
  • Dimensions: 72″ H x 30.6″ W x 13.6″ D
  • Shelf Capacity: 75 lbs. (Total Capacity: 375 lbs.)
  • Available in 5 Colors: Chestnut, Midtone Cherry, Espresso, Ebony, White
  • Care: Wipe clean with a dry cloth
  • Assembly Required
  • Reviews: 4.6 Stars (See My Review Below)

Before I moved to Arizona, I owned a townhouse in Minnesota about half the size of the lake home that I sold. In a previous post, The Challenge of Small Spaces, you will see that downsizing was a huge challenge for me.

But perseverance and determination are two of my best character traits and I put both of them to the test during that move!

Desk with BookcasesOne room, just off my dining area, was a small sitting room or study.  I often had my computer on the little desk that’s there (although I confess to doing most of my work at my dining table).

I wanted to have bookshelves in that space but it’s small, of course, and I didn’t want to make it appear any smaller than it is.

Another dilemma is that I’m partial to dark woods.  Their warmth appeals to me. But putting large dark bookcases in a small space was counterproductive.

One day while I was shopping in my local Target store, I found just what I was looking for. Two of these Threshold Carson Bookcases. They were just the right size. Not too deep, either, so they don’t jut out into the room. I  liked the Espresso finish.

I couldn’t buy them at the actual Target store because I had no way to get them home. So I ordered them from Target online and got free shipping and they were delivered to my home within a few days.

My Review

Each bookcase was packed with the instructions right on top.  Everything was bubble wrapped and the box was lined with foam.

The Pros

  • It’s easy to assemble if you follow the directions…took about an hour (per bookcase)
  • It’s sturdy
  • It has a rich, high-quality appearance.
  • It blends beautifully with my antiques as well as my more contemporary pieces.
  • It’s a very good value
  • I would definitely recommend this.

The Cons

A few reviewers complained that the boxes were damaged and one or two didn’t think the quality is as good as they expected.  It’s not meant to be a high-end piece so expectations should have reflected that.

My opinion is that for the price, it’s a great value.

Please let me know if you purchase this bookcase and your thoughts on its quality and value.  My purpose is to present furniture solutions for small spaces and this qualifies as an excellent choice.

I love to shop at Target.

Home accents in every trendy color.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

(Updated 7/26/2018)

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