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Design Dilemma: Storage Solutions When Space is at a Premium

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When it comes to managing life in a very small space, clever storage is essential. Small, of course, is a matter of perception. For some, 2500 square feet is small, for others 500 square feet. Either way, when things feel tight, you need to find places to put things. Here are a few clever examples of finding storage in unusual places.


Inside the stairs

If you’ve got a stairway, why not use the space underneath to your maximum advantage? Below, a stairway provides the perfect place to store shoes and jackets in a home without an entryway or mudroom. Each closet slides back into place to keep everything out of sight.


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Here’s another example incorporating lots of drawers:

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Inside the window bays

Who would have thought of using window bays to store shoes and hats? These clever owners created a built-in unit with window bays especially designed to incorporate such hidden storage. The shoe storage pulls out. The hat storage pulls down. Genius!

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Inside window seats

Window seats are a natural for extra storage. If your window seat doesn’t incorporate storage, it’s usually not too difficult to retrofit.


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Behind the tub

The area surrounding the tub is often a perfect space for adding storage. If you think about it in advance, you can add a built-in, as in this slide-out shelving unit for towels and shampoo.

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Of course, utilizing the space above the tub need not be complicated or elaborate. It can be as simple as adding a few shelves.

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On top of stairs

Sometimes, the best storage isn’t underneath the stairs, but right on top of the stairs! Here an owner has added a shelving unit that runs right along side the stairs, providing a hide-away for shoes and other items.

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Inside partitions

If you have a unified space where you can plan to build a wall partition, a smart idea can be to incorporate storage into the partition itself. Here, a wall separating a bedroom from a bathroom incorporates narrow pull-out shelves that can store bathroom items.

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Below the ceiling
Sometimes, the best solution is to utilize the space above. In the garage below, the owners have taken a high ceiling and created large hanging storage platforms. The same sort of principle could be used inside a home with high ceilings.

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So you see, the possibilities are endless. If you need more storage in limited space, think simply of going up, behind or underneath and you’ll be sure to find it!

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