Now You See It, Now You Don't: Space-Saving Hidden Storage Ideas

hidden storageIf you’re like most people, one of the things you spend a lot of time thinking about is how to create more space in your home. Of course, one way to accomplish this is to embrace minimalism and completely purge your house of sentimental clutter. Another is to get creative with how you store your household items.

Check out the following hidden storage ideas for some inspiration on how to create more space in your home.

Magic Mirrors

Most of us have full-length mirrors on the wall in bedrooms, bathrooms or both. Make yours a true magic mirror by using it as a means of hidden storage. There are a variety of mirrors that open to reveal shelves or hooks. Depending on the room in question, you can store anything from jewelry and moisturizer to shaving cream, toothpaste and curl enhancer inside your looking glass.

Furtive Furniture

This isn’t your grandma’s furniture we’re talking about… or maybe it is if your grandma is skilled in hidden storage ideas. Whether you’re into DIY methods or would rather purchase some functional furniture, there’s a world of possibilities waiting for you, ranging from shelving to creative under-bed storage. Consider just some of the many options:

  • Small drawers in floating shelves
  • Ottomans and chairs with storage compartments or drawers
  • Coffee tables and nightstands with storage cubicles
  • Headboards with hidden nooks and crannies
  • Beds or couches with built-in storage
  • Clandestine Kitchen Compartments

Even if you’re the master of pantry organization and clutter-free cabinets, there’s always room for innovation and improvement, right? Take your kitchen’s hidden storage to the next level by reclaiming unused space in between appliances and counters.

Sliding spice racks can be neatly tucked away in between your refrigerator and the kitchen wall so you don’t have to rummage around in cabinets for cumin or ginger. And you know that annoying gap between the stove and the countertop? Rather than letting it fill up with gunk, install a gliding knife block in that space to free up valuable prep area.

Secret Stairway Drawers

When brainstorming hidden storage ideas, you have to think outside of the box. Stairs take us from Point A to Point B, but they can also create a lot of wasted space in your home. Have a cupboard under the stairs? Add shelves, hooks and a shoe rack and use it as a mini-mudroom where coats, shoes and purses can be placed. Up the storage ante by turning the steps themselves into drawers in which you can stash house shoes, dog leashes and so forth. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, add a trapdoor to a landing and you can tuck away important papers or bulky out-of-season blankets and coats.

Other Ups and Downs

Don’t forget the highs and lows in areas like the kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms. The tops of kitchen cabinets are a great place for stowing seasonal dishes like punch bowls or serving platters. You might use similar spaces in your laundry room as storage for off-season bedding or guest linens, while installing high cabinets in the bathroom is great for keeping extra toilet paper or cleaning supplies out of sight and reach.

Another excellent place for hidden storage is down by your feet. You know all the space between the base of your lower cabinets and your floor? Install some sneaky kitchen drawers and you have a place to stow cooling racks, baking pans or holiday placemats. You can do the same thing with your bathroom sink and stash bandages, washcloths, straighteners or extra deodorant. And those of you who have tiny laundry rooms may be pleased to hear that you can purchase pedestal drawers to place under your washer and dryer!

The sky — or roof, rather — is the limit when it comes to the many ways to create more space in your house. You just have to be a little creative, and sometimes, industrious.

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