Storage Shelving for Small Spaces

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Storage Shelving for Small Spaces

Emily Gojko · Jul 19, 2009

Living in a small space or studio apartment can sometimes make storage an big issue, but it doesn’t have to be. Storage shelving for small spaces is easier to find than you may think, and there are many options available that will put your storage issues to rest.

Hanging Shelves

Hanging shelves are a great option. Hanging shelves can be purchased at various stores online or at your local home store (and are also not expensive). You can find one set of hanging shelves for as little as $10. Hanging shelves provide storage shelving for small spaces without so much as a hammer or a nail. You simply open up the packaging, and the shelves unfold like an accordion. They are usually made of either cloth or plastic and are attached to a hanger. Then you just hang them up. Simple as that; you now have about 5 extra shelves per set. You can store anything on them – paperwork, books, shoes, clothes, or whatever else you’d like.

Shoe Shelving

Another option is the innovative use of shoe shelving. Shoe shelving, which also can be purchased at many online retailers or your local home store, is usually made of wire or plastic and is as simple to put together as snapping a few pieces in place. Shoe shelving does not just have to be for shoes. You can use the additional shelving for just about anything that can be stacked. Then, just slide the shelving under where your clothes hang in your closet or even under a desk or table.

Kitchen Shelving

Studio apartments and small spaces are not usually known for their vast kitchen sizes. In fact, you may not even have a full kitchen, so storage shelving is critical in the kitchen. Stainless steel shelves can be purchased (that are heavy duty enough to support the weight of your microwave), freeing up counter space, or creating space for a microwave (where there once was none). Hanging wire shelves can be used to hang your pots and pans, allowing you extra cabinet space for dishes or pantry items. You can also purchase a microwave cart to save you some kitchen counter space and provide you with additional storage.

Bathroom Shelving

Make use of the wall space above your toilet by hanging up glass shelves. These shelves create additional storage room for toiletries and linens. They are also attractive and can complete the look of your bathroom.

Each of these ideas maximizes the storage shelving for small spaces and studio apartments. None of these shelving ideas take up additional floor space, which is important when you have little floor space to spare. Take advantage of your vertical (wall) space and to get as much dual function from other storage spaces, such as closets, as possible.

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Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.

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