Small homes are affordable, cozy, and easier to come by than large homes. However, they often lack storage space. And not having anywhere to put your stuff can be incredibly frustrating. Lack of storage can make your small home feel cluttered, untidy, and unwelcoming.
Thankfully, there are many clever ways you can create storage solutions in your home. In this blog, we’re sharing our clever storage ideas for small homes.
Utilize The Back Of Doors
Most people stick a coat hook on the back of their door and call it a day. But the backs of your internal doors offer so many storage possibilities!
For example, you can purchase a back-of-the-door laundry bag (perfect for the back of the bathroom door). Or over the door hanging storage with pockets or baskets, which are ideal for storing anything from toys to toiletries.
You can even get over-the-door shoe storage, providing additional shoe storage in your bedroom. Over-the-door racks are also fantastic in children’s bedrooms and nurseries, as they provide a great place to store books. Over-the-door storage is particularly great for renting your home, as it doesn’t require any nails or screws.
In the kitchen, you can get storage racks for the backs of your cupboard doors, which are useful for storing spices and condiments.
Use Bespoke Shelving In Small Spaces
Small, awkward spaces are common in both old and new homes. Perhaps you have an awkward space in the bathroom that isn’t quite big enough to fit a bathroom cabinet.
Or maybe there’s a small space at the side of the chimney breast that isn’t large enough to fit standard shelving.
To make the most of these small, awkward spaces, you can get shelving made to fit. If you’re confident in DIY, you can buy shelves and cut them to size yourself. Or you can have them professionally made to measure.
Once your bespoke shelves are up, baskets, jars, and boxes can be used to add even more storage solutions to your shelves.
Buy Furniture That Doubles As Storage
Storage that doubles as furniture is a fantastic idea when you’re short on storage space. For example, choose a TV stand that features drawers or shelving, so you have additional storage space in your lounge. Similarly, buy an ottoman or footrest that has hidden storage.
Choosing the right bed will also make a huge difference if you are short on storage. Some bed frames come with built-in hidden storage.
Alternatively, opt for a bed frame that sits high off the floor, so you can buy under-the-bed storage boxes that can be discreetly hidden. These are great for storing everything from shoes and seasonal clothes to sportswear.
If you’re on a budget, always look on second-hand sites when buying furniture, such as Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, and eBay.
Opt For Wall Mounted Storage Solutions
You don’t have to buy large storage furniture, such as bookshelves and wardrobes. If you’re short on space, you can utilize the wall space instead.
Is your wardrobe too small to fit all of your clothes? And your bedroom is too small to fit a larger wardrobe? Scrap the wardrobe altogether and opt for wall-mounted clothes racks.
Wall storage is also handy in the bathroom, which is often short on floor space. Wall-mounted cabinets, floating shelves, and wall baskets will provide lots of additional storage in your small bathroom.
Use Hooks And Baskets To Create Clever Storage Solutions
If you’re short on storage space, hooks and baskets can go a long way! Wicker, rattan, seagrass, or woven baskets come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
They look stylish in the lounge, bedroom, bathroom, and hallway. Plus, they’re great for storing anything from bedding and towels to shoes and toys.
Hooks are also super useful at creating storage space. Short on kitchen space? Hang your pans, utensils, and even mugs from hooks. In the hallway, utilize wall space by adding hooks for coats, bags, and even shoe storage.
Invest In A Movable Trolley
A moveable trolley is an excellent addition to any room in your home. They’re affordable to buy, and there are various styles available. Alternatively, pick up a second-hand one and paint it or spray paint it to match your home décor.
In the kitchen, a storage trolley on wheels is great for storing anything from fruit and veg to kitchen utensils and cleaning products. In the bedroom, it provides the perfect place to store hair and beauty products.
Storage Ideas To Fill Small Spaces
Small spaces can be tricky. They often become the place we shove clutter to keep it out of the way. But with a little bit of imagination, your small space can become invaluable.
Do you maximize the space under the stairs? Or that old airing cupboard that once held the hot water tank? If the answer is no, it’s time to start!
Add a bench under the stairs to create a place for people to sit and take of their shoes. Baskets can be placed underneath the bench to store the shoes. Or put up some shelving and add a slim desk to turn the space under the stairs into a convenient working area.
If you have a large cupboard that’s not being utilized properly, add hooks, baskets, and shelving and use it to store all of your cleaning equipment.