Need extra room for storage, as you continue to pare down your living expenses? Try these great ideas and decorator tips for more storage space than you expected.
Add an Extra Room in Unexpected Places
Need an entryway or mud room in your small home or apartment? Create one with this Better Homes & Gardens idea “Add an Entry”, by simply refurbishing a tall bookshelf . Or turn an extra entryway closet into a “Mudroom Closet: Transformed Space”, or a fully-functional craft and supply station, like this “Craft Closet: Ultimate Scrapbook Station”.
Turn a “Kids’ Closet: Baby Changing Station” into a functional baby-supplies and diapering area, complete with built-in changing table. Plus transform a “Kitchen Closet: Pantry Savvy”, by adding easy-to-construct shelving, to convert cleaning closets into emergency-food pantries.
Conversely you can turn an over-sized kitchen pantry into a “Laundry Room in a Closet”, and then watch it perform double-duty. This Old House online shows us how to convert an under-used closet into either a hallway “Homework Alcove”, or a multi-function “Stand-Up Desk” organizing center.
Add a Hidden Home Office
A kitchen office can be constructed by removing a seldom-used cabinet or appliance, and refinished to match the other counters in “The Convertible”. Or include a built-in hutch at the end of a room-dividing wall, as shown in “Stand-Up Station”, both from This Old House online.
According to This Old House, built-ins can provide semi-private home-office spaces, as in this “Columned Room Divider”, by separating an over-sized living room, with a storage-laden entryway of bookshelves and cabinets. Or you could add a smaller “Bonus Built-In”, concealed-cupboard office at the end of a breakfast bar.
Add the Appearance of More Space
Better Homes & Gardens shows us how to make any room look larger by adding well-placed mirrors to allow the “Outside In”. Or to enlarge and “Adapt Your Apartment”, create a faux-mirrored corner with twin towels and light fixtures.
Hang large mirrors, or window-sized paintings, along with clear-Lucite furniture pieces, as shown in “Shine On”, and “Cozy, Chic Dining” to open up a small area. And hang a curtain rod with plain, or decorative curtains, to either create private areas within open spaces, or to hide unsightly nooks as in “Household Closet: Laundry Room”.
Add More Space By Organizing Your Storage
First take the Better Homes & Gardens online storage-solutions quiz to find out “What’s Your Organization Personality?” Then make sure to watch this video on “Bathroom Storage”, and you will discover how to find more space where you would least expect it.
Use an “Over-the-Door Storage for Gift Wrapping Supplies” and you will acquire an instantaneous out-of-the-way gift-wrapping station (also works for crafting supplies, as shown above). And turn an awkward, “Closet to Mini Kitchen” into an out-of-the-way baking station; with a rolling kitchen island, high shelving, and tools or supplies mounted to the inside door, no space goes wasted.