It’s not surprising that storage is high on the list of needs for many homebuyers. No one wants to live in a house where they feel like they have no room to breathe. But if you’re looking at homes with small floor plans, you may wonder how you can possibly fit everything into those tiny spaces.
The good news is that there are many creative ways to incorporate storage into your home without it taking over or becoming visible. In this article, we’ll show you how to create storage in small spaces and make the most of any space no matter how small it is.
- Maximize the inside of doors. The insides of closet doors can be an underused storage area. Closet organizers, spice racks and over-the-door shoe organizers can transform the inside of your closet door into a mini storage center.
- Leave open storage in plain sight. Open storage looks great against bright walls or in colorful rooms, but it’s not always the right fit for every home and every room. There are still creative ways to store items you don’t want hidden away. Consider adding open shelves above a desk and leaving decorative boxes out in plain sight on a bookshelf or even on top of your refrigerator.
- Use vertical space. A great way to create more storage space is to use vertical space. The high ceilings and large walls in many homes mean that there are plenty of opportunities to make use of the wall space with shelves and hooks, rather than letting them remain empty.
- Install shelving above doorways. Another great way to create some extra storage in your home is by installing shelving above doorways. If a doorway has a particularly low lintel, this can mean that a lot of wall space is wasted above it — and it’s the perfect place for installing additional shelving where you can store books or other items that might otherwise clutter up your living area.