Apartment residents have long known that finding space to store things can be a real challenge in a small space. Square footage in the average U.S. apartment has decreased in 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many residents are trading space for a prime location and amenities. Fortunately, there are several options to consider when it comes to storing solutions in a small space. Let’s check them out:
Double Duty Furniture
If you’re not buying furniture with storage capabilities, then you’re missing out on one of the easiest ways to organize the apartment. In the bedroom, bookcase headboards have been around for years, showing off everything from radios to bedside lamps and reading books. Newer ones can now hide any number of items out of sight with their hinged covers or hidden shelves. Don’t forget about adding under-bed drawers.
Ottomans can store a bunch of household accessories, which is why they make great additions to your apartment. Depending on the material, an ottoman can double as a coffee table, end table or extra seating.
Put any one of your closet doors to work with a multi-pocketed over-the-door shoe organizer. In the coat closet, use one to store galoshes, keys and in- or out-going mail. Put one in your bedroom to keep the floors clear of shoe clutter.
An organizer can be used in the bathroom, too. Store bars of soap, cotton balls, wash cloths, razors, bandages, lotions, etc. in the pockets to clear up cabinet space or shelves in the linen closet.
Don’t have a laundry room? No problem, Laundry Pod is the answer for you. This compact little machine is an environmentally friendly alternative to the laundromat. Think very large salad spinner – same concept. Just add your clothes, water, and a small amount of detergent to the appliance to start the load. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to wash linens, but the Pod might cut down on your trips to the laundromat.
Embrace Open Storage
Open shelving can be used in any room for multi- storage use or even as room dividers in a studio or loft apartment. Dress the shelves up with fabric baskets to add unique style to the space. Decorative baskets and bins can help minimize clutter in all rooms of the apartment, especially in the bathroom, bedroom and family room.
What unique ways have you found to create storage in a small space? Share your ideas with other renters in the comment section below!