Small living spaces always present one challenge, storage. Living in a small space or down sizing into a small space requires creative use of space and these big ideas for small spaces can help solve the storage crunch problem.
Off the Floor Bookshelves
A bookshelf doesn’t have to be a large piece of furniture that takes up valuable floor space, consider the un-used overhead space for bookshelves. The spaces above doorways and closet doors are an ideal location for installing floating shelves that can hold book collections or any other type of collection. Paint the shelves to match the room molding and off-the-floor bookshelves become an architectural element in the room.
Laundry Area Space Saver
Small living spaces may not have the luxury of an entire room dedicated to laundry, usually it’s just a small nook with just enough room to accommodate a washer and dryer. A shower curtain tension rod placed above the washer and dryer will provide a space to hang clothes to dry and a shelf or cabinetry placed above the washer and dryer will provide storage space for laundry products.
Bathroom Space Saver
A paper towel holder, the type that stands upright on one end, is a space saver in a small bathroom. The paper towel holder can be placed on the floor and used to hold and store extra rolls of toilet paper.
In any room of a space living space, the bathroom included, always look up for storage solution ideas. A shelf above the bathroom door or commode can be used to store towels, wash cloths and various other toiletry items and hooks placed on the back of the bathroom door provides a place to hang towels or bathrobes.
Recycle Kid’s Artwork from School
Kids are always brining home artwork from school, and small living spaces doesn’t permit space for displaying or storing every original creation the kids bring home, but the artwork is too precious just to toss out. Recycle the kid’s artwork into gift wrapping paper. The school artwork and paintings are usually done on large, heavy weight paper that makes it the ideal size for gift wrap, plus the original artwork makes for a colorful and unique gift wrapping paper. The storage time for kid’s artwork will be minimal plus money is saved by not having to purchase gift wrap.
When trying to find a storage solution in a small living space, look up. Un-used overhead room is prime real estate in a small space.