While your home may be short on visible storage, there are lots of hidden spots beside the basement and garage that are just waiting to be put to use. Try out these unconventional spots and embrace the feeling of a clutter-free home.
1. Under the Stairs
Your stairs help you go from floor to floor, but they could be doing so much more. From out-of-season clothes to sporting equipment, there’s enough space to store just about anything under your staircase. While you’ll need the help of a professional to install built-ins, you can add hooks and shelves yourself!
2. Above Doors
In rooms with limited space, you should take advantage of every square inch. Add a shelf above your doorway and load it up with lightweight items. This will be extra useful if you don’t have a dedicated linen closet.
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 is a clever way of adding much-needed 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, this solution will free up counter and cupboard space.
4. Under Kitchen Cabinets
Depending on your kitchen design, you may be able to install drawers into the bottom of your cabinets. This design is possible in kitchens where cabinets aren’t standing on legs, making it a great solution for many homeowners.
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, or storage for jewellery, scarves and ties. You can quickly buy over the door hangers online – just make sure there’s enough clearance on either side so the door can properly open and close.
Don’t forget that you can use this method in your kitchen and bathroom by adding some adhesive hooks to your cabinet doors!
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. If your couch is close to the ground, add furniture risers for added clearance.
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.
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 make your headboard more functional.
9. Support Columns
Don’t forget to take advantage of the structural elements in your home. 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 sidewalls. Instead of having an eyesore, you’ll have something that looks intentional and functional.
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.
Cover image courtesy of LD&A.
Article updated June 2022.