This blog was ghostwritten for Xtraspace. It is written in British English.
Once you start looking around your house, you will find there are many unconsidered nooks and crannies that be used for extra storage space in a small home. We take look at few ways that you can make these spaces work to your advantage.
1. Corner shelving
Corner shelving can be used in a number of ways to maximise space in a small room. Corners shelves between two doorways can be used for extra books while smaller shelves in the corner of your bedroom can take the place of a nightstand. Kitchens also benefit from corner shelving above counter tops or next to built in cupboards.
2. Under stairs storage
If you have space under your staircase at home, this area can be easily transformed into a set of shelves, a cupboard or a study nook. Even bicycles and other sports equipment can be stored out of the way with the addition of some hooks. Knee walls in attic rooms can also potentially be extra storage space, either as cupboards or as a space for recessed bookshelves.
3. Entrance hall storage
Entrance halls can easily double up a walk in closet for all your outdoor gear such as boots, umbrellas, and coats. A unit that incorporates a bench can also be a handy spot to put on your shoes, while under the seat can act as additional storage for muddy boots or firewood.
4. Towel rails or racks behind doors
A couple of rails behind the bathroom door can be handy when wall space is limited or they can be used to store extra towels while not in use. Hanging racks or baskets can also be utilised on cupboard doors for cleaning products, especially if you have limited cupboard space. Even the inside of a kitchen cabinet door can support a small spice rack or two in a pinch.
5. Ottoman or bench storage
Doubling up as extra seating in your lounge, an ottoman with a lid is a great place for winter clothes or extra blankets. An outdoor bench with an opening top can also be used to store gardening equipment or hosepipes in the absence of a shed. Even some coffee tables can also function as a kist or chest of drawers.
6. Narrow cabinets or shelves
Cabinets and shelves specifically built to be narrow can be used to optimise the often wasted or unutilised space behind sofas and next to cupboards. Thin, slide out racks for cans or bottles can be an effective mini-pantry while a narrow table behind the sofa gives you an extra surface for books, photo frames and even a charging point for your laptop or phone.
7. Storage racks or shelves over sinks and basins
The space around your basin, sink and even toilet isn’t often used to its full potential. Racks and shelves that stand over the basin and sink can create a handy space for detergent, sponges, and washcloths to be stored while not in use and shelves above the toilet can be useful for extra loo roll or towel storage. Some dish draining racks are even designed to fit over your sink, saving you space in a small kitchen.
8. Extra shelving in or on cupboards
There is a lot of space in and around cupboards that gets poorly utilised. The space at the bottom of your hanging space is seldom used for more than shoes when a few shelves can mean not only extra shoe space but also storage for other miscellaneous items and even clothing. The flat side of a cupboard also makes a great bookshelf or shoe rack with the addition of a few slots or shelves.
9. Ceiling and above door shelves
Cupboards aren’t the only things that should be ceiling height for optimal storage space. Shelves that sit against the ceiling can be used for long-term storage and even the space above a doorway can be home to a shelf or cubbyhole for extra storage space in the bedroom or bathroom.
If you have a small home and even the most clever storage space tricks are no longer enough for the items you need to store, consider XtraSpace for clean, secure self-storage as an alternative. Contact us for more information or browse to find a branch near you