Is Your Apartment Storage Space Hiding From You?

It doesn't take much stuff to overtake an apartment.  Whether you have a passion for shoes, clothes in general or that xxx inch computer monitor, there just isn't enough space to "put everything in its place."   There are so many nooks and crannies literally starring you in the face.  Starting with a studio apartment, let's find them!

The Studio Apartment - Space And Storage Saving Ideas

One of the most fascinating modern systems I recently ran across (although it's been around for awhile) is modern and fabulously creative for a modular system. It's called Modular Unfolding Manhattan and offers up to 450 square feet in a compact system.  Each modular section opens to living function and can then be folded back when not in use. 

It's great for that bachelor or bachelorette tiny apartment.  Found it on inthralld.com.  Do check it out if only for ideas and fun.  In the meantime, here's a little of what it looks like.

Folded system

Folded system

Modular unfolded manhattan system showing desk and bokcase

Modular unfolded manhattan system showing desk and bokcase

Kitchen counter and refrigerator

Kitchen counter and refrigerator

modular-unfolded-manhattan-system-bed.png

Like an Easter egg hunt, finding the right furnishings and storage pieces is key (see some of the furniture pieces in the Polyvore set, a blend of contemporary and modern furnishings below):

  • cocktail tables
  • side tables
  • bookcases
  • entertainment units
  • wall shelves (just be sure to repair nail holes when you move.)
  • desks
  • accessories (floor baskets, magazine containers, decorative boxes)

Storage In The Bedroom

Under the bed, foot of the bed and the headboard.  If you're not using it, why not?

Houzz For South Shore  

Houzz For South Shore  

Houzz Sleigh Platform Bed With Storage Drawers, Homeelegance

Houzz Sleigh Platform Bed With Storage Drawers, Homeelegance

This next platform bed is probably custom made; still, it's my favorite. I love the idea of climbing high up to a bed.  If you're fortunate to be in a 9 foot ceiling apartment, such a platform bed could definitely be your focal point.  The drawers don't necessarily have to be as high, and of course color options would be to your taste and decor style.  Just pay attention to the drawer facing and pulls.

Already have a bed and don't want to change?  Check out these storage ideas from two of my favorite stores.

The Container Store Wide Underbed Drawers

The Container Store Wide Underbed Drawers

The Container Store 16-Pair Underbed Storage  

The Container Store 16-Pair Underbed Storage  

The Mighty Bedroom Closet where there is NEVER enough storage space!

I think I've tried almost all of the storage expansion ideas there is to be found for apartment closets but I've never been quite satisfied.  Most of them didn't really stand up to daily use:

  • stackable boxes - the colorful and the not so colorful - heavy duty ones are the best;
  • from jewelry organizers that hung on a pole to the pretty little clear boxes;
  • shoe hanging bags -- of every style and shape -- what a joke;
  • drawer organizers - pretty good; 
  • free standing units with wire containers - something always fell through the wires;

Once upon a time, I even had dreams of taking off the closet doors, turn my bed so that it extended out of the closet.  Then use the bedroom for my closet!!  In the end, I moved to another apartment with a bigger closet.  

I now preach from a new platform regarding apartment closet space:  use that tiny thing for something else, a small office; a cozy reading space or listening to music; specialized storage such as your collection of electronic gadgets or if you love to cook, those large extra serving platters, appliances, etc.

Add modular storage units right in the bedroom space across a wall.  Yep, across a whole wall.  Adding doors will give it a clean and classy look.  It will cost more but you can add to it over time and take it with you when you leave.  Such units can also function as room dividers and create a dressing area.

free-standing-closet-unit-divides-room.png

The above photo was found on Flickr.  A similar unit can be found on Ikea, the PAX wardrobe collection:

ikea-pax-wardrobe.png
ikea-pax-wardrobe-doors-open.png

The Living Room

Can you identify all of the storage areas in the room below?

I absolutely LOVE this next room and I have a wall in my apartment perfect for such a layout.  Look at all those fabulous storage areas and most are hidden away.  I swore to never do built in's again, so I'm thinking free standing cabinets side-by-side with a very long top panel.  

The Entry Hall

So you're fortunate to have an entry or even the hint of such a space in your apartment. If you don't have a hall closet (or you're using it for something else), here are some options available to you.

  • attractive wall hooks
  • a coat tree
  • a bench with storage and hooks (can be purchased separately or as one piece)
  • a hall table with a drawer or storage chest 

I decided to have a bit fun and create a glam entryway in this next Polyvore set.  Which is to say, you should have fun too.  Don't let the size of the space constrain your creativity and fun in creating a fun, inviting apartment.  Note that storage is in the glam laden hall chest. 

The kitchen and bath require a post all of their own.  In an apartment, unless you can renovate these rooms, storage must cover a multitude of smaller storage items.  And for storage in the kitchen, much will depend upon how much you love, like or even care to cook.  So I will stop here.  

Hope I've given you some ideas to ponder over and even inspired some new ideas.  Would love to hear what you are already doing or even add something to the lists above.

shirley-blog-sig