Do you constantly find yourself exclaiming, “I need more storage!” or “I wish I knew 10 hidden storage spaces in my home!” Then you’re in luck because we’ve gone through our homes to find 10 hidden storage spaces that will make your home more functional. While your home may be short on visible storage, there are lots of hidden spots that are just waiting to be used. Read through our suggestions and then find these spots in your home and never shout about lack of storage again!
10 Hidden Storage Spaces
1. Under the Stairs
Your stairs help you go from floor to floor, but they could be doing so much more. If you’re short on storage, consider converting the space under your stairs. You can use this space to store just about anything. From out of season clothes, to sporting equipment, to anything else you can think of. While this is not a DIY project, a general contractor should be able to help you out with it. Click here to get started with quotes from general contractors in your area.
2. Above Doors
All you need to take advantage of this space is a shelf. Install a shelf above your doorway and start loading it up with stuff that previously had nowhere to go. A particularly great spot in bathrooms and bedrooms, you can store linens and towels up there if you don’t have a dedicated linen closet. If you need a hand installing a shelf, reach out to a handyman who can take care of this project for you quickly. Find a handyman in your area by clicking here.
3. Beside the Fridge
You’ve probably seen this solution floating around the internet and there’s a good reason for it — it’s a great idea! Adding a skinny pull out shelving unit next to your fridge can easily add storage to your kitchen. Whether you DIY and build it yourself, hire a home service pro to do it for you, or buy a unit, adding this simple amount of storage next to your fridge will help free up a lot of counter and cupboard space. Store everything from cans, to spices, to baking sheets and plates. The more space you have between the wall and your fridge, the more you’ll be able to store there.
4. Under Kitchen Cabinets
Your kitchen may have even more storage than you ever considered. Depending on the style of cabinets you have, you maybe be able to install additional drawers in the bottom of your cabinets. This storage solution will work with most cabinets unless yours stand on legs as opposed to the cabinet sides. You can look online for crafty DIY versions of this, or hire someone to do it for you. A handyman or carpenter will be able to get this job done quickly and easily for you.
5. Backs of Doors
This is an obvious spot for some, but a total shock for others. Your doors can be a great place to add shoe organizers, a mirror, storage for jewellery, scarves or ties and so much more. Try adding these options to your closet doors to instantly double your space. You can buy over the door hangers from sites like Amazon online, or most home goods stores will sell them. Just make sure there’s enough clearance on either side so the door can properly open and close.
You can also use this method on your kitchen and bathroom cupboard doors by adding some adhesive hooks to store things like measuring cups or hair tools. Get creative and use both sides of your doors for even more storage.
6. Under the Couch
You may have considered storing items under your bed, but what about under your couch? Slim storage containers are great for extra bedding and linens, out of season clothes, or your kids’ toys and art supplies. There are lots of options online for slim storage containers that will fit perfectly under your couch. If your couch is quite close to the ground, or you want to increase the amount of space, try adding some furniture risers. These are inexpensive platforms that will lift you couch up that extra little bit so you can store even more stuff under it.
7. Inside a Shelf
Yes, you read that right. Inside a shelf. This is a great storage solution for important documents or items you might not want to keep out in the open. It’s also a great spot to hide small items like jewellery or cosmetics. Going vertical with your storage is a great option when you’re short on space. By adding a drawer inside your shelves you’re adding even more storage, and that’s really what we’re all after. We love this tutorial by Not Just a Housewife. Follow her steps or hire a home service professional to create a similar design customized for your home.
If you’re in the market for a new bed, consider getting one with a headboard with built-in storage. There are lots of options available these days. Some models come with shelves that extend and go above your head, while others are all about hidden storage on the sides. Either way, adding storage to your headboard is a great way to squeeze in a little more storage to a place that usually only serves one function.
9. Support Columns
Take advantage of structural elements that have to be in your home and make them work for you. While that support column in your kitchen might not be your favourite thing to look at, it has the potential for lots of storage. A support wall can easily be turned into a chic cabinet by adding a door and side walls. Instead of having an eyesore, you’ll have something that looks intentional and functional. We do not recommend you undertake this project without consulting a professional first. You do not want to do anything to disturb the overall structure of your home. Instead, find a home service pro on HomeStars to help you out.
10. Behind Pictures
If you’ve always loved the idea of moving a picture frame and finding a safe behind it, then you’re going to love this storage solution. You can now buy cabinets that are designed to look like regular picture frames hanging on the wall but are really secret cabinets. No longer will you have to compromise on art for storage or vice versa. The only issue with these cabinets is that they do have to be installed properly. You will need a contractor to assess the wall and make sure there is no plumbing or studs behind the wall that you’re trying to add these sneaky cabinets to. You can find a general contractor to help you with this project by clicking here.
Do you have any other creative hidden storage spaces? Share them with the entire HomeStars community by leaving a comment below! When you’re ready to move ahead with your project, start on HomeStars and find the right home service pro for your storage solutions.
Cover image courtesy of Bosh Designs.