We’re always on the HUNT for storage spaces. Which is often the case for those who live in small sized apartments. Even for our friends who have larger homes, we all can’t seem to ever have enough of them.
There is simply no room for another big closet or adding in more organising boxes!
The items don’t own us. We own them. And we have the absolute capacity to work out clever storage ideas within our four walls. View your home and spot potential storage spaces you actually have.
I gathered some ideas that you can implement inside your homes, reducing your organising problems one step at a time, starting from your living room, bedroom all the way to your kitchen storage.
LIVING ROOM STORAGE
1. COFFEE TABLE WITH STORAGE
Flat tops are the biggest culprit of clutters. Your solution is having hidden storage under your coffee table itself. This DIY coffee table is fun to do and simply not that expensive to make at all. This storage will be great to keep your couch’s throw or extra pillows you keep in case of stayover guest.
Find out how to build | ROGUE ENGINEER
2. KEY STORAGE
Even with a bowl, keys being misplaced around the house is still a common thing to happen to date – with the risk of getting stolen too! Make use of your hanging frame and convert it into a safe for your keys. Hidden in plain sight, less chances of getting missing and that’s one less item on a flat top!
Find out how to build | PLANQ STUDIO
3. UNDER STAIRS STORAGE
This kind of storage may not exactly be hidden but it sure does potentially provide you more shelvings and organising units for your home! Besides building the shelves to store your books or collectables, you can actually convert a part of it to a small storage place to store your canned food! There are unlimited potential to how you use the space under the stairs.
Who knew you can actually have a cosy, little office area too?
Find out how to build | BARNACLE’S CHOICE
1. HEADBOARD STORAGE
In small apartments, open shelves may not be very convenient. So why not get yourself a headboard that stores some of your bedroom items? It’s a clever and stylish change from a regular bedside drawer to a hidden storage space.
2. MIRROR STORAGE
Large mirrors are great and I’d say a must-have for a full view of your outfit before you head out. With the space they accumulate, it’s good to make it more functional. Build in your own storage behind it!
The small bathroom mirrors too, can be designed with pull-over side drawers that stores your sanitary essentials within easy reach.
Find out how to build | SHANTY 2 CHIC
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3. UNDER THE BED STORAGE
If you haven’t used the space under your bed, it means that you haven’t fully utilized your bedroom space yet. The typical ones are storage beds that are already built in. But it doesn’t mean you have to buy one too (they do come with a bit of a price).
Repurpose back your old drawers or get yourself a wooden shelf at the second hand store. Screw in some casters below. Give it a new paint or paste some wallpaper on it and slide it right under your bed. You can fit in some shoes or seasonal clothes here with this easy idea.
Find out how to build | DIY FUN IDEAS
4. FLIP TOP STORAGE BENCH
This idea may take a bit of portion in your bedroom (or living room) but it is exceptionally functional. Major boost to store the bigger items when you flip it up. Choose a spot that has a window on top so when the bench is closed, you can lay down some comfortable cushions to make yourself a cosy reading corner.
Find out how to build | INSTRUCTABLES WORKSHOP
5. OVER THE DOOR BUILT-IN STORAGE
Don’t ignore that small space from your ceiling to the top of your bathroom or bedroom door. Keep in mind to store only the light things like towels or toilet rolls. It is still over your head. You don’t want to walk in one day and have the entire built-in box or shelf to drop on you!
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Did you know that these are great installations for walk-in closets as well? These can be fixed easily. Floating shelves are aplenty in Amazon and they are pretty lightweight as well. What is nice about floating shelf, is its multifunctional value. When you feel it’s not fitting right above the door, mount the shelf elsewhere where it can be better utilised.
1. CONCEALING COLUMN
In action movies, when the character pushes or pulls something in a room, and it reveals him to a secret room, we all go ‘wow’ (and maybe in our minds we all knew that there was going to be a secret room anyway).
I’m one of those who still have physical cookbooks and a file of hand-me-down recipes that I wrote and I want them in my kitchen without creating too much clutter.
The kitchen column panels are great to store them, where we can have them hidden and neatly stored away, without anyone else knowing where they are. Stealth.
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2. FALSE BOTTOM DRAWER
This is probably my favourite. A place to stash away your valuables is always a good thing to have. If your kitchen drawers are deep enough, work a false-bottom drawer to store some of your beloved jewelleries. It does not require much to make this simple yet sturdy idea to work!
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3. ROLLOUT SHELVES
Rollout shelves are great because they fit in those in-between spaces while providing you more organising options and of course, hiding your clutters . Rollout shelves can go beyond storing your spices, it can also store your laundry detergents.
The question is where can you roll a shelf in, which gives you convenience as well?
Find out how to build | I HEART ORGANIZING
EXPAND YOUR SPACE
Creating storage spaces within your home gives you lesser reasons to have a cluttered and messy place.
Take a good look around your place and see how you can input some of these ideas. It’ll be a fun challenge to build them yourselves. The satisfaction of building your own is super valuable. You can’t put a price on it, for all the effort and time you put to make it.
Get those measuring tapes, plywoods, used drawers and all else ready. It’s crunch time!
*Last edited: 3rd April 2021.
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