There are many ways to find space where none seems to exist. The key is to look and then look again.
Dolores Cobb, a New York decorator and self-proclaimed veteran of tiny apartments says, “A tall storage cabinet (96″ tall x 12″ deep x 18” wide) can open up your floor and wall space and provide limitless storage solutions. She employs such cabinets with or without doors, depending on the available space. “Open cabinets can make a space look bigger. In tiny apartments, I use them on both ends of a small sofa, paint them to match the walls, install new pulls (on doors), then float a small end table in front of them. Sometimes Ill place a small painting or mirror on the doors they look fantastic.”
“Some people want perfection,” notes Jean Knight, a home and closet organizer by trade. Today anything is possible. If you want a large closet and don’t have one, call in a closet and storage team to find the space, and they will they do it every day. I have put storage around beds and sofas. I have built in window seats. I have put bookcases and bookshelves around washing machines to make linen closets and it has all been done with pre fabricated items available at most big box stores.”
- Think vertical; dont focus on eye-level solutions.
- Look to corners for hidden space.
- Make great storage from the space above kitchen cabinets.
- Connect two cabinets with a shelf.
- Put a shelf above a window and line it with your favorite books.
- Use your fireplace in off season as a storage area.
- Stack books under tables.
- Buy a cheap campaign trunk, paint it and place it under a table to hide clutter.
- Use flea-market wicker suitcases stacked to hold needed items.