DIY Storage Solutions For Tiny Spaces

Nov 09 2021
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Though we have all of 2,000 square feet here at Grandma’s house Lodi and I are no strangers to finding storage in tiny spaces. Open floor plans are wonderful but where do you put anything?! One thing we are fortunate to have (and its still in good shape despite being untouched for decades) is an old well house that we plan on tackling soon for wall to wall shelving and storage. That will help us so much for giving us more storage in the rest of our home! Our own tiny bathroom is a good example where I needed to get very creative to give us any kind of storage!

A before and after of my main floor bathroom in my Grandma's farmhouse that I renovated and tiny bathroom ideas and reveal remodeling, valspar purple paint
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If you’ve got limited space to work with in your home, you’re probably desperate for a bit more storage in every single room you walk into. After all, there’s clutter all over the surfaces and floor, and sometimes you even have to clear the bed off before getting into it! 

And now you’re wondering how many donated possessions it would take to actually make some room in your home. However, you don’t have to turn to something that drastic. You can very well come up with some DIY storage solutions of your own! And to help you out with that, here are some of the best tiny space ideas you’ll want to keep in mind. 

Keep Things Off the Floor

The floor always needs to be clear in your home; it’s a surefire trip hazard if not! And seeing as most accidents happen within the home anyway, you wouldn’t want to contribute to the statistic by leaving book stacks and empty boxes along your walkways. The more of the floor you can see, the bigger your home looks. 

So you’ll want to simply clear everything off of the ground and lay it on the bed or the sofa for the time being. Once you know what you’re working with, it’ll be a lot easier to sort the items into their correct places. Knowing your enemy is half the battle! 

Build a Shelving Unit

Shelving is always going to be useful in small spaces, as you can always build up even if you can’t build out. And a shelving unit is super easy to put together when you consider how many floating shelves you can fit on any one of your walls! Invest in a hammer and some nails, and get some shelving brackets from your local DIY store – if you’ve got any spare wood around the house, now’s the time to put it to good use. 

So if you’ve got a kitchen that has little to no cupboard space, fit a few of these underneath or within a cabinet. Similarly, if you’ve got no space in the bedroom anymore, a few of these over the top of your headboard will work a treat. And when it comes to the bathroom, fitting some specially-treated shelves into your shower unit will save you so much toiletry space you’ll wonder why you were ever annoyed at the lack of storage solutions! 

Tuck Furniture Away

If you’ve got a small living room that doubles up as a dining room too, it’s a good idea to build the furniture actually into the walls, or into each other. You want your room pieces to either double up or be easily pushed out of the way, and there are some great ways to DIY this storage idea. 

For example, if you’ve got a desk in the living room, being able to fold it into the wall will help you to keep a clear run of traffic around your sofas, coffee table, and TV stand. And you can find a great tutorial to show you how to build such a desk right here! Similarly, you can also build a coffee table that transforms into a dining table; all you need to do is clear it off and pull it up. Alternatively, if you buy a big enough coffee table, you can use it as a dining table with no preamble whatsoever. 

Lift Up Your Bed

Your bed has a lot of potential storage space under it, and that’s something you should take advantage of. You could lay quite a few boxes and/or drawers under there for keeping items in, and you could even use this area as a makeshift wardrobe if you’ve got no room for a real one in your bedroom. 

But to do this, you’ll need to lift the bed up; don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds. Unless you bought a bed that comes with ready made under storage, you’ll have to either lift the bed up, fit the storage containers and then rest the frame on top, or use actual risers to maintain a constant level of elevation. 

If you’ve got little to no space in your home to work with, it’s time to get creatively smart with your storage solutions. A bit of DIY elbow grease here and there can give you plenty of room up the walls and under the furniture, and as long as you keep the floor clear, you’ll always have space for more stuff.

Though we have all of 2,000 square feet here at Grandma's house Lodi and I are no strangers to finding storage in tiny spaces. Open floor
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