If there’s one thing every small-space dweller can agree on, it’s the fact that ample storage space is hard to come by. When living within quarters so tight that there’s hardly room for your bed and a sofa, bulky storage methods are hardly a priority. With this in mind, we sought out clever fixes for this common dilemma. Here’s what we found.
Embrace modular shelving that encompasses a mix of open and closed storage units. These often adaptable shelves can be built to complement the space they occupy, making the most of the available wall space. 
Take advantage of the often empty space under the coffee table. Place a pair of low-set baskets beneath, keeping the table’s clutter to a minimum. 
A bed that comes with its very own storage unit is small-space living 101. Whether you’re opting for a trundle-inspired bed or a model that comes with a liftable base, there are a slew of options to consider. 
Make the most of your stairs (and the space that comes with) to create an additional area specifically reserved for storage. Earmark the spot to double as an extension of an entryway, housing all your outdoor gear.

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Make your breakfast table work for you, in more ways than one – obviously, we’re talking storage! IKEA’s Norden Gateleg table features two foldable slabs and a set of six pull-out drawers, ideal for storing just about everything from napkins and runners to flatware and small centerpieces. 
Utilize a lucite trunk to store your more eye-catching belongings — old issues of domino included. Bonus points if the trunk can double as a coffee table!


A credenza may not be at the top of our list of must-have furnishings for a small space, but there’s no denying their practicality. Opt for one that features a multitude of drawers and cabinets, as opposed to one that’s uniform all around. This will allow for a more diverse slew of storage capabilities. 
Out of sight, out of mind. Take your storage methods to new heights by securing a few shelves or cubbies high up on the walls. Having them out of your immediate line of sight can make a huge difference!  
Still hanging on to that vintage glossy collection? Put them to good use by stacking them to function as a base for the coffee table!
Floating shelves aren’t necessarily new, but using them as extra shoe storage? Now that is. 
Coffee tables that come with built-in storage capabilities are a major plus. Conceal just about everything, unbeknownst to anyone!  
Make the most of an awkward corner or nook by transforming the spot into a functional zone. Case in point: this tight space that came to double as a home office, complete with a set of floating shelves.
A headboard that comes with built-in storage might be just the thing for concealing the random odds and ends that can accumulate in your bedroom. 
Bar carts are an easy way to store unused dinnerware, cookbooks, and various other extraneous pieces from the kitchen. Plus, they’re mobile and versatile enough that they can be transported from room to room (i.e. a bar cart at your next dinner party).

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