40 Stylish Yet Practical Ways to Maximize a Small Space

Trista - March 31, 2019
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23. Don’t Forget the Shower Caddy

Not all bathrooms are equipped with a lot of shelf space in the bathroom. That can be a big issue, especially if you have several members in your family. It’s easy to quickly accumulate many hair and body care items on almost no shelf space. To help maximize space in the shower, consider getting a shower caddy. It’s a simple plastic basket with a couple of compartments that you can easily fit all of your necessary bottles in and carry in and out of the shower with you. That way, you are not having to sort through all these items while trying to shower and dealing with them falling off the shelf constantly.

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Another great option to consider in the shower itself is a shower caddy that just hangs right over your shower head. There are many inexpensive, budget-friendly options available now, and this lets you have your shampoo, body wash, shower poof, and other small items like razors right at your disposal in the shower. There are other options for added shelf space, too, like a vertical tension rod that can easily be mounted right in the corner of your shower. You can quickly add 3 or 4 shelves to your shower for everyone to keep their things organized and out of the way.

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22. Use Storage Ottomans

There are creative and stylish ways to keep your living room items out of sight when not using them but quickly accessible when you do need them. Ottomans are a great way to prop your legs up so that you can lean back and relax, but models that also double as storage containers are even better options. So many options exist for this storage idea, and you can easily find one that fits in your space as well as meshes with your existing home decor. There are round ones, longer rectangle-shaped ones, and some have the lid on a hinge, making access even easier for you and your family.

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You can store things like blankets and books in your ottoman to keep this stuff out of the way when you don’t want them cluttering up your space, and they are ready to take back out when you need them. This kind of storage is excellent for a family game night or if you have small children. They can easily get their toys out when they want to play and then put everything away to keep their space from feeling small and cluttered. A tray can be placed on top to add extra surface space for drinks and snacks, too.

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21. Maximize Bookcases

Bookcases are one of the greatest underrated ways to maximize your space stylishly. They can serve so many other purposes than just storing your books. Baskets can be added to the shelves to keep items organized and out of sight in a way that will help your small space feel less messy and cluttered. Each member in the family can even have their own shelf, or cubby, or storage basket to help everyone stay on top of being organized and less cluttered in your living space. You can create a sort of built-in look with a bookcase. Alternatively, use the height in your room to go up instead of out with storage space.

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You can use the extra shelves on the bookcase in your living room, for example, to display your artwork, collected items like small home decor decorations, your office supplies, trophies you may have, and even your electronics. Your cable box, Wi-Fi setup, and stereo system can all be easily organized on the shelves to keep your space looking great. There’s no limit to what you can add to them, so don’t feel like you only have to use it for books. Taking advantage of vertical wall space is a very stylish yet practical way to maximize a small space.

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20. Store Things in Decorative Boxes

Boxes are the best way to store simple things that you may have lying around but don’t always want out insight, but that basic brown color can be a bit unsightly just sitting around in your living room. Many options are available now that make this practical idea a very stylish way to organize and store your everyday items. These great storage solutions come in many different sizes, as well as patterns. You can easily fit them in with your current home decor, and some are designed to look like books on a shelf, which is a nice way to keep something like valuables out of sight as well.

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You could always purchase these higher-end boxes with beautiful designs, as many are very affordable and budget-friendly. Nevertheless, something fun to do for the crafty DIY person is creating these decorative boxes yourself. All you need are some boxes, which can be from something like an item you ordered online, some type of fabric or even wallpaper, and some glue. You might have some of these things lying around the house already. This project could be completed in an afternoon, on a budget too! Now you have beautiful handmade boxes to store all of your unique valuables.

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19. Set Up a Filing Cabinet in a Small Space

Dealing with paperwork is a constant and necessary task for almost all adults to deal with. There will always be piles of paper in everyone’s home, from bills and receipts to essential documents related to insurance or taxes. Instead of throwing these items all unorganized into a drawer, get a filing cabinet to keep them in. Having a set place for each kind and type of document can eliminate many headaches when you need to reference them and keep them organized and out of sight in your small space. A filing cabinet can be a stylish and practical way to save you many hassles with paperwork.

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File cabinets can be found used at yard or estate sales, and pretty inexpensive options exist to buy one new as well. You can find them in different wood or metal finishes, making it easy to blend this storage solution with your existing home decor. A DIY budget-friendly option is to redo a used one, too. Organize your paperwork by sorting them by year so that you know where everything is and can grab what you need when you need it. It’s one of the best ways to keep the clutter to a minimum while still keeping your essential paperwork on hand.

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18. Manage Belongings to a Reasonable Amount

It can be easy to get carried away with buying things for a new home, and items can add up quickly while taking up precious square footage in your home. Consider exercising more thought and logic when making purchases for your home. That new office desk or a coffee table may look great, but you’re not going to get much use out of it if it doesn’t fit in your home. Choose simpler options that reduce or eliminate clutter and consider storage alternatives that are easier to maintain. Many people are making moves to simplify their lifestyles and living more enjoyably because of it.

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Make sure to plan on shopping around a little more and not settling on the first thing you see. Many more space-conscious options exist that can help your small space look stylish while remaining functional in your home. To put it simply: don’t buy the stuff you don’t need. When considering what you want to buy for your space, take time to think about how it can serve other purposes, so you do not have to buy so many things that will contribute to clutter in your home. Make your space more enjoyable by keeping it functional as well.

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17. Accessorize Properly

When putting the finishing touches on your home decor, don’t forget the accessories! You can add a throw blanket and a couple of small pillows to your couch to make it comfortable, but don’t go overboard. Having too many accessories only leads to clutter. Pick patterns and colors that will complement the rest of your home, too; otherwise, it will appear messy. It can be easy to get carried away with too many throw pillows, or too many knick-knacks on your bookshelf, so be sure to exercise a little caution as you finish off a room.

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Decorating your home by adding too many unnecessary items, especially in a small space, can quickly give a room a busy feel and make it feel much smaller than it is. When decorating your rooms, choose stylish options, but not so many that you instantly clutter up your small room. There are ways to accessorize your home by adding style as well as function, like adding floating shelves on the wall to display pictures and knick-knacks, which will help keep your home a place for you and your family to relax and enjoy.

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16. Put Up Artwork

Nothing provides a finishing touch to your home more than having some artwork on the walls. When looking for art, shop around to find pieces at discounted prices from department stores and don’t settle on artwork that is too big for your space. Several smaller pieces clustered together or even by themselves will do a much better job than one or two large pieces covering your wall. Alternatively, this is a great chance for the crafty DIY person just to purchase a few small canvases and some paint from your local craft store and create some art of your own!

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Having a small home doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things. When decorating your home, just be sure that you exercise caution with the things you buy and the amount and figure out how to utilize each space in your home to get the most enjoyment out of it. Instead of feeling like a turtle stuck in its shell, you can decorate your home in a crafty, functional but stylish way with smaller items that bring out your personality in a useful way. Being creative about maximizing a small space means getting the most enjoyment out of it. 

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15. Go Up Instead of out Whenever You Can

Many times, homeowners only think of ways to organize and store in terms of spreading out in their house instead of going up with the square footage they have in their small space. In almost every small space, there are options and ideas for spreading up instead of out. Take a good look at the space you are working with and consider the options you have for stylish yet practical storage solutions. If you keep looking up instead of out, there are many ways to maximize the small space.

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There are several spaces in your home to take advantage of your small space’s height; the living room, kitchen, and garage are full of opportunities to maximize the space you are working with. Many options for extra wall storage are available now. You can easily store out-of-season clothes, seasonal decorations packed in totes, and even bikes and other summer toys on the walls of your garage. This way, you are not only becoming more organized, but you also are not taking up extra floor space with the items you do not use daily. 

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14. Add a Storage Bench to the End of the Bed

Another great way to ensure your small space is doing the most for you is by adding some type of bench with built-in storage at the foot of your bed. Not only will you be adding a little extra seating to your bedroom, but you can also easily store bulkier clothing items like sweaters, extra blankets, even shoes in here. These benches can line right up with your bed and take up minimal space. There are many different sizes and styles to choose from now, so you can easily stylishly add more storage and organization, too.

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A great idea for this storage solution could also be to get that old family cedar chest out of storage or from your parent’s house. That was a popular item for families to have years ago. The cedar wood is naturally bug resistant and is a safe way to store things like clothing and blankets without worrying about anything getting into it and chewing it up, ruining it. Not only do you have a great storage/seating option in your small space, but you are keeping a traditional heirloom in the family as well.

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13. Utilize Under Bed Storage Space

Keeping in line with adding more storage to a small bedroom space, take advantage of the room your bed already takes up. Many different items and belongings can be put into shallow storage totes, labeled, and stowed under the bed when not in use. This storage is an excellent option because even though it is now out of sight, your things are still very easily accessed when you need them. Things like out-of-season clothing, shoes, family pictures, even puzzles, and games can be stored here in an organized way. There are even options to buy a platform-style bed with drawers or spaces built in to add totes, helping you get even more organized in your small space.

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This storage is a great option not only in your bedroom but your children’s rooms as well. Different things that they may not use every day can be stored here, and games and toys they may have trouble finding room for in their closet or bookcase. It is a great option to help keep smaller rooms organized and clutter-free, making your space that much easier to enjoy being in. Taller spaces can become an issue if you have to get a ladder out every time you want to access that space, so this option is even better because everyone in the family can reach it and take advantage of it.

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12. Consider a Sofa Bed for a Small Space

If you are tight on not only space but bedrooms too, then consider purchasing furniture that pulls double duty for you and get a sofa bed. This type of furniture has come a long way in recent years, and many are so well made it is almost like sleeping in a regular bed. Having an option like this one in your home can help you maximize your small space. There are several different size sofa beds now, too. You can find a full-size couch that offers a double or queen-size mattress for you or your guests to sleep on. Furthermore, if you need something smaller, you can find a chair that has a single-size mattress inside.

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A sofa bed is still as stylish as many other kinds of furniture, too, so you are sure to find something that will fit right in with your existing home decor. Suppose you have older children who come home to visit often or other family members who want to come to stay. In that case, you can now easily accommodate them with a comfortable night’s sleep without having to worry about the lack of extra bedrooms. These models have come a long way and are not made with the old thin mattress that you feel the bar beneath, like many of us remember as kids. 

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11. Maximize Use of Wall Space for Storage

Take advantage of every inch of your small space. Always try to consider going up instead of out with storage. Whenever possible, it is an excellent use of space to purchase or create furniture or extra storage that can go up on a wall instead of going out into the room and taking up more space. There are so many options for this type of storage, from mail organizers to kitchen knife and cookware hangers to coat and shoe racks. Take a minute to think about precisely what your family could really use in your home, and then do some shopping. It’s essential to be still particular about what you are bringing into your home when you are tight on space. You want to still keep things efficient and functional for you and your family.

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Whenever you can, try to think of storage solutions that will work for your family that does not have to take up floor space you could be using for something else. You can easily find storage solutions and organizers for so many of your everyday things like keys, mail, cell phones, even cosmetics, and jewelry can be neatly organized on the wall, easy for you to access when you need to. That can be especially handy for things like school papers from your children’s teachers; a calendar can be mounted next to a corkboard to create a home base for all the events going that your family needs to keep track of. 

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10. Use a Hanging Closet Organizer

If you have a bedroom, bathroom, or closet door in your home, you have another great way to maximize your small space. A hanging closet organizer is easy to install by just hanging the included hooks over your door, storage is added, and no damage is done. That is a great option if you rent, too, as you do not have to do any drilling or screw into your walls. These hanging organizers do not have to hold just clothes or shoes, either. Take advantage of extra storage space in your bathroom for your hair care products, makeup, and other toiletry items that can quickly clutter up a small countertop sink.

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If you have small children, you already know how easy it can be to get into things they shouldn’t. That is a great way to get some added storage up higher than they can get into for things you do not want them to mess with. Use an over-the-door organizer in your childrens’ room too. Things like colored pencils, crayons, other art supplies, or small games and toys can be stored up off the floor out of the way. These make a great addition to the always-needed bathroom storage as well, keeping everything nicely organized and easy to access. 

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9. Consider a Murphy Bed

If you are short on living space, like living in a cramped apartment or studio, for example, then consider purchasing a murphy bed for your space. That can be a beneficial option if you do not have a dedicated bedroom. The Murphy bed and it’s comfortable advantages have come a long way since its debut many years ago. They are not just an uncomfortable folding bed coming out of the wall anymore! You can choose between different size mattresses now, and they do not even have to be mounted inside the wall, making them much easier to take advantage of, even if you aren’t the most mechanically inclined.

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By doing a quick online search, many options for this style bed will be displayed. Not only can you take advantage of the freed-up floor space while your bed is not in use, but many models also offer a wrap-around bookshelf/storage area for you to stay even more organized in your small space. This practical yet very stylish way to maximize your small space offers many different wood finish and paint options, so you can easily blend this bed into your current home decor, too. The new models available now do not require any cutting into your wall to create the space for it, either. They can be anchored to your existing wall for you to enjoy immediately. 

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8. Buy a Coffee Table with Extra Storage Underneath

When trying to maximize a small space, always keep thinking about how items you bring into your home can carry out more than one function for you. A perfect example is the use of a coffee table in the living room. You can efficiently utilize the surface as extra space for eating and drinking, light office work, and even family game night. There are many different sizes and styles to choose from, so you can find one that will work in your home without being too big for the space. Spend a little time shopping around and comparing features so you are sure to purchase one that will work the best for you.

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Another added advantage of this has a coffee table that has extra storage underneath. This space can be used to store books, games, or other activities your family gets into, as well as hold totes for toys for the little ones that will help keep your living room clutter-free while providing easy access to things when you need them. If you are tight on space for a work-from-home spot in your home, some coffee tables have the added feature of a rising desk. Even if the coffee table is lower to the ground, you can still pull your work surface up and create an excellent desk space to get your work done comfortably. 

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7. Use a Bakers Rack in the Kitchen

One room in the house where almost everyone can always use more space is in the kitchen. Whether it is storing dishes and cookware, or food overflow from the pantry, there never seems to be enough room for everything. One way to help keep your countertops clear of clutter and available for other things like food prep and cooking is to add a bakers rack. This type of rack is ideal for small spaces because it is made of metal bars. It does not feel bulky or overpowering in a small area. You can find these shelf units in different finishes and with the option of several different numbers of shelves, depending on what you need for your kitchen.

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This practical yet stylish way to maximize your small space is perfect for storing bulkier food items that may not fit well in your pantry or cupboard. Alternatively, they work well for storing things like appliances that you may not use every single day. That includes a blender, crockpot, fryer, even bigger pots, and pans and cookie sheets can easily fit on these shelves and help you create more space in the cupboards for storing other things you need to have there. These shelf units are nice for small spaces because they are usually made of metal, giving them a less imposing feel in cramped areas. 

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6. Buy an Over-the-Sink Dish Drying Rack

In most kitchens, counter space is at a premium. So, if you don’t have to take up space with something here, then don’t! A great way to avoid taking up much-needed counter space around your sink is to use an over-the-sink dish drainer. There are many new options out on the market now. You can have your choice of wood or metal finish as well as many paint color options, letting you easily incorporate this product right into your existing kitchen decor theme. Having the expandable option is a great way to organize your kitchen in a custom way.

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The options for this grand kitchen organization solution have become very customized. Many models are two levels high and can hold most anything from dishes to silverware and sharp knives to various sized pots and pans and cutting boards. Another great feature is most are all equipped to expand and contract so that they can fit securely over any size kitchen sink. Another similar and equally space-saving option is a roll-up dish drying rack. This product will unroll over your sink when you need it, hold your dishes to dry, and can easily be rolled back up and stored out of sight when not in use.

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5. Use a Hanging Pot Rack for Cookware

When trying to maximize your small space, try to keep looking for creative solutions that take advantage of space you may not always think of using at first. One way to do this is always to keep looking around and up for ways to maximize a tight space. It can be easy to quickly accumulate a lot of cookware, including tools and gadgets. To make room for these kinds of products, take advantage of hanging the items in your kitchen any time you can. Most pots and pans come with some type of hole or even a dedicated hanger on the end of their handle, making it easy to hang them up instead of taking up cupboard space you could be using for other things.

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There are many different size options available for this practical yet stylish way to maximize your kitchen space and make it a more enjoyable place to spend your time. Cooking can be a relaxing way to de-stress after a long day for many people. However, the fun can quickly be overshadowed when always having to shuffle things around on the counter or find ways to store your things so you can still easily access them when you want to cook. Help yourself enjoy your time cooking a little more by using this creative way to add extra storage and organization in your kitchen. 

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4. Use a Console Table Behind Your Couch

A creative way to add just a little more surface space for things like drinks and phones or a small lamp is by adding a console table behind your couch. This style table does not have to be very big, but it can make a difference in how much you can enjoy your living room space. There are several different sizes to choose from when shopping for a console table. You can find one that is only five inches wide if that is all the space you have for one. However, even that much room can allow you to skip the end table or coffee table if you don’t have the room.

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End tables are useful but can also take up a lot more space than they need to. By purchasing or even building a DIY version of this console table for around your couch, you can maximize even the smallest amount of space and be able to enjoy it much more than you could before. There are many tutorials for making your own if you need to stay on a budget and conserve space in your home. A broken-down pallet is an excellent use of wood here. After it’s put together, you need to sand a little and either stain or paint it, and you are ready for use!

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3. Use a Space-Saving Shoe Rack in a Small Space

One item that can quickly accumulate and take up a lot of space in your home is shoes. Having an effective way to organize and store shoes is key to maximizing a small space. A creative way to store shoes is by using some type of vertical shoe rack. Even one that can be mounted on the wall is a great way to make the most of your space. There are many options available for purchase, but a DIY budget-friendly version can be created pretty easily at home, too. A quick check on the internet will give you many ideas and tutorials on creating one of these space-saving storage solutions for your own home.

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There are several different ways you can go about implementing one of these storage solutions in your home. One of the best places to put one of these racks is right by the front door of your home. That is generally the most commonplace for shoes to pile up. Especially if you have several members in your family, the front entryway can quickly become a place of clutter and disorganization of everyone’s belongings that can give your guests a messy and cluttered, disappointing first impression upon entering your home. Make the most of a small space by considering a great organizational solution like this one. 

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2. Consider an Island in your Kitchen

If you lack counter and storage space in your kitchen area, consider putting an island in. You can find models with shelves underneath as well as optional folding wings that can be brought up when needed and folded down when not in use to conserve even more space. That is a great way to maximize your small space stylishly and practically! Most everyone living in a small space can always use more countertops in the kitchen. Having an island in your kitchen is very convenient, too, because you can roll it out of the way when you not in use.

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There are many options to choose from for the island’s size and the amount of storage space underneath. Most models are also on wheels, which makes for easy movement around your kitchen as needed. Some kitchen islands are also big enough to be used as portable eating tables for your children or friends and family when you are entertaining. If you are always looking for additional ways to take advantage of more counter space, then a kitchen island may be the perfect fit for you. The countertop can double as extra prep space when cooking or for your baking pans to cool. There are many ways to take advantage of this one. 

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1. Use Organizational Storage Bins in your Refrigerator

Another area that can always use some help is organization and making the most of the refrigerator’s space. Depending on the size of your refrigerator, some items can become lost in the back of the fridge, forgotten about, and can spoil before you know it. Using various-sized, clear plastic storage bins in your fridge, you can easily organize snacks, drinks, and other items your family can use daily. When everything is labeled and organized this way, it’s much easier to keep track of foods, knowing when they were bought and how long they will be good.

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If you have children that you have to pack lunches for every day, this is an excellent opportunity to become even more organized and efficient in the kitchen. Each child can have their own labeled bin, and every morning can grab items they need for their lunch: drink packs, Lunchables, yogurts, any individually wrapped items you regularly buy for their school lunches. That is a great way to start your children out on the right path of responsibility and organization, too. They will be even more motivated to pack their own lunch when they get to pick their items out from their bin each day.  Check out more ways to design small spaces here for further inspiration! 

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