Apartment Storage and Small Spaces

Not everyone starts out at the penthouse level. In fact, unless you’re Eloise, you’re probably used to a more humble square footage. The fewer the square feet you have for living, the less you have for storage. As Carrie Bradshaw taught us, storage is an important part of any home (Remember that heavenly closet?) and not every apartment gives you the perfect amount. So, what is a renter to do with less than ample storage space? To quote Theodore Roosevelt, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” If a few of the things you have happen to be an Internet connection and some motivation, turn to the blogosphere (and us!) for the top five storage ideas for smaller spaces.

1. Under-bed Storage
Neatly storing out of season clothing, extra linens or even decorations in the ample space under your bed is a great space-saving technique. Not only does it free up extra room in closet, it will keep you from shoving anything and everything under your bed on “cleaning day.” Look for large under-bed bins or drawers to make the most of your space. If you opt for the bins, find a brand with wheels for easy retrieval.

2. Corner Shelves
Installing wall-mounted corner shelves in your home provides space for books, picture frames and other trinkets that would otherwise clutter desk and counter space. They’re available in several different sizes and materials, and can create a custom feel in any living space. We love these rounded glass corner shelves from The Container Store.

3. Storage Ottomans
You can prop your feet, or a cool serving tray, up on this stylish storage option. Hide away blankets, DVDs, gaming controllers or anything else you want inside of a storage ottoman. If you do take advantage of the serving tray idea, you’ll be saving floor space with your instant coffee table. This square storage ottoman from Wal-Mart is big enough for ample storage and extra seating!

4. Roll-Out Cabinets
Roll-out cabinets make kitchen and bathroom storage a breeze. You can neatly store several layers of cleaning supplies, pots and pans, plastic ware and much more in spaces that would normally hold far less. You can forget the bending and digging you used to have to do to find those products way in the back. Now your products can be categorized and easily reached with a simple slide.

5. Overhead Storage
You can make overhead storage into decorative storage with ease. Try out some ceiling-mounted pot racks or overhead glass racks to free up scarce cabinet space in your kitchen. Displaying your decorative glasses or gourmet pans will represent your own personal style and add warmth to your kitchen. Need some inspiration? Check out this kitchen sporting an inexpensive maple pot rack from Crate & Barrel.

If you look high and low while searching for your next apartment for rent, there are plenty of opportunities for storage in even the smallest spaces. What are you favorite storage ideas?