Studio and other small-space apartments often lack necessary storage for all manner of household items. From missing linen closets to completely absent kitchen islands, cramped living quarters pose a number of storage challenges. Thankfully, designers have taken these challenges well in hand over recent years, creating multifunctional, modular, foldable and stackable furniture and appliances. Best of all, many of these pieces either completely disappear when not in use or double as camouflaged storage. Follow below for a few room-by-room space-savers ideal for apartments short on square-footage.
For the Bedroom
In close competition with the kitchen — and/or garage, if one is lucky enough to have one at their disposal — our bedrooms store the most “stuff” of any space in our homes. Whether one’s bedroom shares a couple hundred square feet with the living room and dining area or joins a master suite in taking up an entire floor, each of our bedrooms likely stores our clothes, our luggage, our linens and so much more.
To make the most of your small-space bedroom, we recommend investing in pull-out, under-bed storage. A multitude of options are available for under-bed storage, from sliding shelves to Murphy beds and from wicker baskets to old-fashioned trunks. We love the Canvas Under Bed Storage Bag from The Laundress, as well as the Floyd Underbed Storage from West Elm and the Mason Woven Underbed Basket in Flax from Pottery Barn.
To store books, knickknacks, hand cream and a midnight snack or glass of water, one might consider investing in a bookshelf headboard above and surrounding the bed. Bookshelf headboards are ideal for those lacking space for nightstands. They are also perfect for people who are renting apartments, condos or townhomes that restrict the resident’s ability to drill into the wall to mount much-needed storage.
To complement one’s bookshelf headboard and make the most of one’s wall real estate, we recommend adding sconces in lieu of traditional table-top nightstand lamps. Some wall sconces do require internal wiring, but others can be mounted with a single nail and/or adhesive and plugged into a lower outlet, freeing space and necessitating very little effort.