June 26, 2022

Anybody who lives in a small-ish area is aware of that considerate storage can improve so many points of your life at residence when it’s carried out proper (and it may be a day by day frustration when it’s not carried out properly or in any respect). Regardless of how huge your rooms are or what number of you’ve got, you simply need to have the ability to entry issues simply & maintain them in a sensible spot – and downsizing from our 3150 sq. foot home to this 1400 sq. foot residence final 12 months undoubtedly challenged us to be much more conscious about how we incorporate essentially the most helpful storage programs into our residence. Out of the blue we had been dwelling in 6 rooms (down from 14!) and we additionally not have a storage, an attic, a giant out of doors shed/workshop, or perhaps a closet in a lot of the bedrooms (of our 3 bedrooms, just one had a closet after we purchased this home!).

So over the previous 16 months, we’ve discovered some particularly superior double-duty storage items that reply a fairly frequent query that we get round right here, which is “I would like specifics! Inform me precisely what you’re utilizing to make your smaller residence match every little thing you want and use daily.” Whelp, this put up is making an attempt to reply simply that (together with some hyperlinks to earlier posts on the backside for anybody who desires an excellent deeper dive). So listed here are seven of our favourite storage items, together with why we selected them and a few alternate choices for those who’re additionally wanting so as to add some additional storage to your life.






1. A Hidden-Storage Espresso Desk

Drawback: Not sufficient entryway storage close to the entrance door

Resolution: A deep-drawered espresso desk with tons of hid area to stash stuff

Since our entrance door opens proper into slightly sitting space, we don’t have a standard lobby or mudroom state of affairs. We undoubtedly maximized our close by laundry closet (the double doorways will be seen above) for hoodies and backpacks, however it will probably’t deal with every little thing. Which is the place this deep-drawered espresso desk got here into play.


Beach Kitchen Seating Area With Loveseat Chairs And Painting



We find it irresistible as a result of it has TONS of storage, however doesn’t actually seem like a storage piece. Like, at first look, it would simply seem like a stable wooden espresso desk (there aren’t very apparent handles). However, shock! – either side pull open to disclose a complete of two huge deep drawers that slide actually simply. On one facet we’ve obtained additional footwear (past our flip flops that simply keep out on the entrance porch) and a basket with miscellaneous objects that we frequently seize earlier than heading out the door (keys, Burger’s leash, sun shades, and so on).






The drawer on the opposite facet shops our lesser-used or out-of-season jackets… which you’d by no means guess are within the espresso desk. Mission achieved!

Different Hidden Storage Espresso Desk Choices


Storage Moodboard of 3 Hidden Storage Coffee Tables



Espresso Desk In Context Of The Complete Room

Additionally, if you wish to see how the espresso desk seems in the entire area (and catch one different merchandise on this listing), try this fast video tour that we shared a few weeks in the past:

Be aware: You may as well watch this video on YouTube.

2. An Below-Mattress Bookshelf

Drawback: Wrangling our daughter’s e book assortment

Resolution: A platform storage mattress that retains books & toys accessible, whereas utilizing area that’s usually wasted

We thought loads in regards to the beds that we bought for this home, understanding full properly that it could be good to make the most of them for under-bed storage. And our daughter’s mattress has carried out the job particularly properly. She has an ever-growing assortment of books and 4 massive baskets stuffed with legos and different toys, however a bookshelf or some bigger storage cupboard would have stolen area from just a few different issues that she needed within the room (primarily a desk that she requested we add, which we now have arrange throughout from the mattress alongside the mural wall – in addition to the dressers which carry out double obligation as nightstands). That’s why we respect this platform mattress with under-bed cubbies a lot. It actually holds A TON of stuff (which might’t get pushed below the mattress and misplaced).


Girls Bedroom With Lofted Plank Ceiling And Pink Rug



Be aware: It goes in- and out-of-stock at numerous locations, so I’ve linked some that appear to work now. There’s this hyperlink to it and I additionally discovered it right here.

Now we have the twin-sized model and it gives 8 complete cubbies (3 on both sides, and a couple of bigger ones on the foot of the mattress, the place she has some large bins stuffed with legos). She’s totally in command of what goes the place, and since she is the one who units every cubby up, she is aware of the place every little thing is – and he or she loves with the ability to seize one thing simply from mattress at night time whereas hanging the wrong way up (what child doesn’t love that?). The mattress got here with two material bins, which she makes use of for toys and stuff on the opposite facet of the mattress, seen above). And we discovered these bigger plastic ones from Goal that match within the two bigger cubbies on the foot of the mattress (these are the lego ones).


Under Bed Storage With Cubby Style Bookshelf



I’ll admit that I used to be skeptical of the cubbies at first. Everybody should promote under-bed drawers for a purpose, proper? Effectively, we realized with our son’s mattress that drawers can typically simply be toe-killers, they usually require a transparent flooring to open simply (empty flooring will be arduous to return by in child rooms). We really ended up eradicating our son’s drawers and simply use our personal, smaller, much less cumbersome thick felt baskets below there now as an alternative. So take into account us cubby converts!

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Different Below Mattress Storage Shopping for Choices


Storage Bed Moodboard With 3 Options



  • Left: The full and queen-sized model of our daughter’s mattress has wicker baskets included (twin appears to be offered out for the time being)
  • Center: This raised daybed-style mattress has a wide range of storage options
  • Proper: An upholstered mattress with a disguised drawer within the footboard looks like it wouldn’t harm toes like our wooden ones did – and it is available in a number of material choices

3. A Giant Weatherproof Out of doors Bin

Drawback: Restricted storage for out of doors gear, like seaside stuff and bike helmets

Resolution: An outsized wicker storage bin that lives on our porch

Storage-wise, one factor we undoubtedly needed to alter to after shifting right here was not having a giant storage or shed that we simply obtained to fill with issues that we didn’t need in the home (assume sandy seaside chairs and umbrellas or out of doors toys, and so on). Though it was that willy-nilly tossing of issues into our earlier garages and sheds that consistently had us dedicating weekends to storage clean-outs and group, so we undoubtedly don’t miss that! (Extra on that phenomenon right here). However now that we’ve obtained that stuff tucked neatly inside this faux-wicker out of doors storage bin on our lined porch, we don’t really feel that squeeze of “the place does this go?!” anymore.


Full View Of Covered Porch With Plants Everywhere And Dog Sleeping In Egg Chair



We prefer it as a result of it conceals numerous stuff whereas additionally mixing fairly properly with the remainder of our furnishings (it additionally helps us cover some ugly pipes – extra on that right here). Even higher, it holds A LOT greater than we anticipated. We fastidiously measured it earlier than ordering to ensure it could maintain our seaside chairs and umbrellas (inside it’s 64″ lengthy, 30″ huge, and 34″ tall) however we had been pleasantly shocked that we additionally had room for seaside toys, bike helmets, and even sports activities balls and stuff.


Inside Of Storage Bin With Beach Chairs And Toys



The one lesson we realized the arduous method is that whereas the highest is waterproof, the edges aren’t completely watertight on their very own – which wouldn’t have been a problem if we had saved the waterproof bag/liner that velcros inside (which was included with our buy – doh!). We opted to not use it as a result of we retailer our bin below a lined porch, however upon some reflection, we want we had saved it simply in case we ever wish to transfer this someplace that isn’t lined. So I needed to say that in case it helps another person on the market. Simply want we tossed it into the underside of the bin for safekeeping earlier than loading all of our stuff in.

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Different Out of doors Storage Bin Choices


Storage Piece Mood Board 3 Outdoor Storage Bins



4. A Lengthy TV Credenza-Model Media Cupboard

Drawback: Hoping to maximise media and sport storage in a single space of the household room

Resolution: Skip the media cupboard and work in an extra-long cupboard that fills nearly your complete alcove

Our TV is held on a fairly lengthy wall in our upstairs front room. Up to now, we’ve all the time used some kind of furnishings piece beneath our TV, however a type of would’ve shortchanged us on this state of affairs as a result of most items offered as “media cupboards” or “media consoles” are sometimes low to the bottom and never practically as huge as what we had area for. That’s why we opted to customise a protracted credenza that we created with two huge Ikea Besta cupboards that we put in to seem like one lengthy cupboard (you may learn extra about how we did that right here).


Straight On View Of Nearly Wall To Wall Ikea Besta Cabinets



If we’d chosen to drift it off the bottom, it could’ve been what the cool youngsters name a “fauxdenza” – however we opted to maintain the legs for now (though we nixed what would have been double legs within the center for a extra seamless look – you may learn how we did that right here). We nonetheless plan to customise it a bit extra (in all probability by including a thick wooden countertop or perhaps even a stone one) however that is the place we are actually… and the storage is GLORIOUS. It’s practically eight ft lengthy and shops each final one in all our previous photograph albums, newer photobooks, board video games (and now we have A LOT of board video games) in addition to miscellaneous keepsakes like yearbooks, and so on). It feels so, so, soooo significantly better than any of these brief and slender media cupboards that we might’ve purchased.


Ikea Besta Cabinet Door Open With Photo Album Storage



As for our precise media stuff, like cable containers and cords…. properly proper now all now we have is the small field that got here with our Body TV and it simply sits below the Besta, tucked towards the wall the place nobody can see it. We stream all of our TV, so there’s no cable field or DVD participant to cope with (you may learn how we reduce the twine just a few years in the past right here).

Different TV Credenza Shopping for Choices


Storage Pieces Moodboard With 3 TV Credenza Storage Options



5. An Below-Desk Drawer System

Drawback: We in-built a desk however needed so as to add some under-desk storage that’s really helpful

Resolution: A small freestanding drawer system that slides proper in

Earlier this 12 months our son requested a easy desk for his room (what’s with our children requesting desks? they now have a giant joint one upstairs the place they do crafts/artwork/bigger college initiatives plus they every have smaller ones of their rooms). I’m not complaining as a result of he makes use of it usually to attract or construct these small Lego units… it’s simply that no one instructed me when you’ve got youngsters their foreign money is likely to be desks.

Anyway, we couldn’t discover something that match his area completely, so we opted to construct in our personal desk, and even related it to his mattress so it floats utterly off of the ground (it’s supported by easy wooden braces alongside the facet wall and the again wall in addition to being secured to the mattress). We debated including some practical drawers or creating some cubbies below the desktop but it surely appeared smarter to make use of the additional space below the left facet of the desk for storage as an alternative of stealing a thin slice under your complete desktop (you may’t make that too huge or legs in a chair received’t match below it… or the desk will get awkwardly excessive and arduous to make use of). So we simply shopped round for a pleasant under-desk file drawer that we might add. It even has comfortable shut drawers!






We ended up taking off the included wheels as a result of they made it look slightly cheaper – plus it gave him bonus storage on prime that method. Sherry additionally ended up priming & portray the faux-wood prime with leftover paint from his mural (because the wooden coloration was darker and redder than his desk chair). He loves it as a result of he has a spot to stash his papers, additional artwork provides, and a few coloring and exercise books. And we find it irresistible as a result of it helps maintain his desk clear and able to work on (and we see zero of the chaos behind these drawers).

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Different Below Desk File Cupboard Shopping for Choices


Storage Piece Moodboard with 4 Under Desk File Storage Options



6. Bookcases With Show Area + Drawers

Drawback: Desirous to stash away ugly issues whereas displaying fairly stuff

Resolution: Our favourite customizable bookshelves from Ikea (some stuff = hid & some stuff = revealed)

We couldn’t make a listing like this and not embrace the true storage MVP of our small home: our Ikea Fjalkinge bookcases. We first obtained them for our residence workplace in Richmond. And after we moved to Florida, at first they had been storage workhorses in our kitchen (under) earlier than we moved them upstairs to our household room (that image is under this one). What can I say? We simply can’t stop their powerhouse combo of some-stuff-is-hidden and some-stuff-is-out-and-about.






You may customise these bookcases along with your most well-liked combo of cabinets and drawers, and may even set the cabinets at your most well-liked top and put the drawers the place you need (they all the time present them within the center for some purpose on the Ikea web site, however we love 4 on the underside). This excellent cut up of 4 drawers for storage + 3 cabinets for show area has been superior for us in each areas. In our kitchen, we saved bowls, cups, and mugs out and straightforward to seize whereas utilizing the drawers largely for meals and snacks you’d often stash in a pantry. Now that we’ve added an precise pantry cupboard (extra on that right here) they’re dwelling it up within the household room, the place books and decor objects are on the cabinets with information, digicam gear, paperwork, and random work stuff within the drawers.






Like a lot of the stuff we’ve been highlighting to this point, we love that bookshelves like these work arduous AND look good whereas doing it.

Different Bookshelf Storage Shopping for Choices






7. A Wall-Mounted Spice Rack

Drawback: No drawers that would match all of our spices (and we didn’t need them everywhere in the counter)

Resolution: A clear wall-mounted spice rack proper close to the range that takes up zero flooring or counter area

We’re ending with our latest storage favourite, which is small however oh so mighty. You could have already seen it In our kitchen pantry replace put up, but it surely has been too useful to not embrace on this roundup – particularly for those who don’t have numerous flooring area for a brand new piece of furnishings, however do have the again of a door or a small slice of wall or the facet of a fridge to include this. After we constructed within the fridge we realized we had an empty wall proper close to the range, exactly the place we might simply attain all of our spices. Now we have liked this small spice shelf a lot. Plus it holds paper towels and a dishtowel (and it may be secured to a wall or the facet of a cupboard OR caught proper to the facet of your fridge as a result of the again is magnetic).


White Door To Kitchen Utility Closet With Spice Rack On Pantry Side



You’ve in all probability seen one million options like this, and getting your spices (or your knives or your paper towels) out of a drawer, off the countertop, and in your wall isn’t new – but it surely’s new to us, and we find it irresistible. We additionally purchased this set of matching spice containers with preprinted labels for extra spices than I’ve ever heard of (plus some blanks too). They match properly in two rows on the wall shelf (so now we have 18 of them on this small shelf – with room for extra – we simply retailer some massive salt containers together with our salt & pepper grinders). Additionally Sherry is wild in regards to the crisp white coloration combined with the wooden dowels. Like she talks about it each time she alters the paper towels.

Different Spice Rack Shopping for Choices






Okay, that’s it. That’s the put up. I hope it helps any and all of you in search of precise specifics about what we use and the place we used them. The benefit of storage is that there are SO MANY OPTIONS, so you may simply go along with no matter makes essentially the most sense for your loved ones, your room, and what you’ll want to retailer. And for those who don’t need this storage-palooza to finish, the posts under would possibly shed much more mild on maximizing a small residence:

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