Finding Hidden Storage in Your Apartment

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Finding Hidden Storage in Your Apartment

aptsherpa · Feb 12, 2007

One of the challenges of living in a small apartment is finding enough space to store all of your things. If moving to a bigger place or renting a storage space aren’t options, you’ll have to find existing space in the apartment you have now. Here are some hidden storage spaces you may not have considered:

1. Behind the door: Purchase a rack that fits over the top of your door to hang anything and everything- from jackets to purses. Bare doors represent unused but available space. Many home furnishing stores like Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond have over-the-door shoe hangers or other hanging containers where you can keep all kinds of items. A rack behind the bathroom door is a great place to keep towels.

2. Blank wall space: If you think your doors aren’t being utilized, take a look at all of the empty space on your walls. Wall-mounted storage can help you take advantage of your bare walls. Ikea sells wonderful wood shelves that can be mounted directly to the wall and look great with picture frames, candles, flower vases and other decorating items. You can even find storage cubes that attach directly to the wall with the help of a power drill. If you have more books than the bookcase can hold, consider placing them on a wall-mounted shelf to prevent cluttered piles of books in the bookcase.

Do you have a bike that is clogging up valuable space in your bedroom or hallway? You can hang your bike on the wall too! Bike shops and sporting good stores sell sturdy bike racks that mount to weight-bearing beams in your wall. If your apartment has a foyer or hallway, your bike can hang there and leave space for other things.

3. Under the bed: You may think you already have enough under your bed, but there are ways to fit more. Purchase inexpensive bed lifts to increase the height of your bed and your storage space. Stores like Wal-Mart and The Container Store also sell long flat containers and bed drawers that fit under the bed for clothing, extra appliances and papers. Purchase a duster to ensure these drawers and containers stay hidden from view. If you are willing to invest a little more money, consider an under bed dresser. Under bed dressers have a bed frame built into them and turn all your under bed space into storage.

4. Over the toilet: A number of stores also sell freestanding and mountable racks that fit right over the toilet. These racks are good solutions to bathrooms overflowing with bath products, cosmetics and other toiletries.

5. In the closet: If you lack storage space, your closet is likely stuffed to the brim with clothes, shoes and other items. However, adding additional shelving, shoe rack storage, pull-out storage units, multiple hangers and other storage tools can increase the amount of stuff you can fit in the closet and help you to keep it all better organized.

6. On top of kitchen cabinets: In many kitchens, there is a space about a foot high between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. This space can be used to keep appliances that you don’t use often, or if you have the right containers, to store most anything else. To keep the kitchen from looking overly cluttered, make sure that your storage containers generally match the kitchen’s décor and that they aren’t bulkier than your cabinets.

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