Are you looking to find unique storage spaces in your tiny house? These 7 Super Surprising Small Apartment Storage Ideas will work in any type of home, small or large!
7 SUPER SURPRISING SMALL APARTMENT STORAGE IDEAS
Today, I’m sharing with you some unique storage spaces in your tiny home that you may have never thought of!
Living in an apartment or rental home can be a challenge when trying to find storage space that is practical, helpful, and still looks good (or at least looks ‘deceiving’).
These seven (plus) small apartment storage ideas are ones that I (mostly) use in My Wee Abode, but there is one that I’m still planning to incorporate! I’ll tell you which one at the end of my post.
Or, maybe you can figure out which space I haven’t used before the end of the post! Don’t you just love a good mystery?!
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How Can I Get More Storage in My Apartment?
It’s pretty easy to get extra space in an apartment, dorm, or tiny house! Just think outside the box. Think: behind, below, above, on the side, and literally outside (the box)!
How Can I Live in an Apartment with No Storage?
For almost six years, I lived in a studio apartment that had ONE, let me repeat that, ONE closet!
Believe me, there are all sorts of creative storage ideas to be found in your small apartment and quite a few unique storage spaces for your home that you may not have even thought of! Read on!
Small Apartments Storage Ideas – Under Sofas
Have you ever thought about storing items under the sofa in your living room?
Whether you have a sofa on high legs, or a sofa with low-profile legs, there is precious storage real estate under that wonderful piece of furniture!
You might think, “You’ll be able to SEE what’s under the sofa!” However, it really depends on what you store under the sofa.
A low profile sofa, like mine, is a great place to store pieces of wood, wrapping paper, even vacuum seal bagged blankets!
If you have a sofa that has high legs, you can store even more! Just purchase some decorative storage boxes or baskets and fill them with linens, books, seasonal decor items, or whatever floats-your-boat!
By the way, if you are in the market for a new sofa, take a look at these best modular sofas from Whimsy Soul.
Pro-Tip: My Wee Abode is surrounded with lush gardens including LOTS of palm trees. Be sure to check for mice in the couch before storing anything under it!
Small Space Storage Hacks – Under and Behind Furniture
Not only is your sofa the perfect place to add storage to your home or apartment, but storing items under other pieces of other home furniture works, too!
You can get these vacuum sealed storage bags on Amazon. They are a no-brainer!
Of course, don’t forget to slide things behind furniture, too!
And don’t forget unique bedroom storage ideas. Even if you have a small bedroom, be sure to remember to use the space under YOUR bed, as well as beds in other rooms!
I JUST remembered that I hadn’t used the area under my mom’s bed, so of course, I immediately took care of THAT issue! 🙂
There are all sorts of under-bed storage boxes available online and in stores!
Remember, if the bed is too low to fit boxes underneath, you can get bed risers and lift the bed anywhere from 1-4 inches or more!
Additional small-space storage hacks under and behind furniture would be:
- Cabinets on legs (like a baker’s cabinet), both under and behind
- A media console
- Side tables and coffee tables (underneath is probably best… 😉 )
- and, behind sofas, bookshelves, dressers, and more!
Unique Storage for a Small Space – Over the Door
A perfect and pretty storage area in your apartment or dorm is over a door, or even around the ceiling!
You can add a pretty shelf with decorative brackets or corbels over a bathroom or bedroom door and then add linens, glass jars with practical items inside, or even just some pretty decor you can’t find a place for!
And, you can even install shelving as ‘wall border’ around any room to store books and create an instant library!
What’s more… you can add shelving around the ceiling in a garage to store LOTS more! Take a look at the tutorial from my sweet friend Diane from South House Designs… Brilliant!
How Do You Hide Clutter in a Small Apartment? Add a Closet!
This is one of my favorite storage solutions hacks!
If you have an extra corner in a room, or even some wall space, you can use a pretty room divider to create a closet without any power tools!
This option is perfect for a utility closet, covering shelves that may harbor your craft supplies, or even just hiding that extra clutter!
Think Vertical and Look Up for Home Storage Solutions
If you can’t add a temporary closet to your home, think about maximizing the space of the closets you already have!
And don’t stop there! Add hooks to the ceiling of your closet to store purses, backpacks, and totes!
Think About Narrow Spaces for Small Apartment Storage Hacks
Many people like to store their brooms and mops on the side of the refrigerator (that’s a freebie hack if you didn’t know about that).
But if you have a small kitchen (or any size kitchen, for that matter), have you thought of adding a sliding pantry to the side of your fridge?
This little (and super affordable) kitchen-assistant slides right into that space between a wall and refrigerator (remember to measure and take into consideration the floor molding). And it holds A LOT! It’s the perfect solution when you lack cabinet space, or just need a bit more room for food! (But, you might think of different items to store in this super-duper space saver!)
Outside Space Savers for Your Small Apartment
When I lived in the original My Wee Abode, I only had a 3 x 3′ landing for my outside space, just outside the front door. That’s loft apartment living for ya.
NOW, we have a nice sized balcony, that not only has a closet that is home to our stacked washer/dryer, but I also have a utility cabinet that stores decor and patio items!
This HDX Plastic freestanding cabinet is super affordable, and I plan on giving it a pretty update in the future (*looks at long list of projects*). Could you use this type of cabinet on your balcony or in your outdoor living area?
Tell Me… What Are Your Surprising Small Apartment Storage Ideas?
Do you have a fave extra storage idea that you would like to share in the comments? What are you doing to utilize the small spaces in your home? We’d love to about it!
What is your favorite hack that was shared today? Be sure to share about that, too! Did you guess which hack I still need/want to implement at My Wee Abode?
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