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Sleep Easy: How To Design A Room Around Your Pull-Out Sofa

The best get-togethers are those that seem to never end. Sleeper sofas make watching movies, playing games, or just catching up over a glass of wine an easy overnight affair. Host holiday visitors right in your living room with pull-out sectionals, or set up sleepovers for multiples in the guest room with loveseat sleepers.

When adding a piece of furniture that can dramatically expand and contract, it’s key to consider the room’s layout and decor. Here are our best tips for easy, functional designing around a pull-out sofa.

Choose the best size and shape for your space

With the range of sofa sizes and shapes available today, you can easily add a sleeper to nearly any room in your home—the living room or family room, the home office, or even a large guest bedroom. In most cases, these pieces will function first and foremost as couches and secondly as beds.

With that in mind, first consider how the piece will fit into the designated area as a sofa. For large rooms, get optimal seating with a full sectional arrangement. For a tighter space, a small loveseat pushed up against the way may be all you need.

Also, evaluate the mattress size that would be most appropriate for both your daytime couch-sitters and your overnight guests. A twin mattress is the perfect sleeping spot for a single person, but they’re typically only available within daybeds or two-cushion couches. If you can swing it space-wise, choose a queen-sized pull-out bed—it’s the most useful and versatile, providing enough room for one to two guests without overwhelming the space.

Keep comfort in mind

woman-making-sleeper-sofa

Just as important as sofa size and shape, the comfort level of your couch is integral to the perfect sleeping setup. The sofa cushions should be plush enough that guests sitting on them would never know that beneath them is an entire pull-out contraption. The thicker the cushions, the better. A firm fabric such as a tight-weave linen-like upholstery or slick natural leather also helps protect guests from the metal bars inside the furniture.

Next, think about the mattress itself. While you should look for sleepers with thick, comfortable mattresses, remember that you can always add a super-plush mattress topper to any bed for cloud-like coziness.

Place a thick and textured throw blanket in complementary colors over the arm of the couch—it can double as extra warmth for sleepover guests.

Use storage furniture to hold bed linens

Store extra pillows, sheets, and blankets in the guest room in attractive storage furniture that doubles as decor. Place linens in decorative baskets and bins in the corners of the room, or tuck them away in hidden media center drawers or cabinets. Choose a storage space that’s extra-roomy, and swap out bedding with sofa pillows and blankets until morning to keep the space clutter-free. You’ll save space in your linen closets, and you’ll make everything easy to access for your guests.

Add versatile furniture

If your sofa-sleeper just so happens to be the main seat in the living room, it will serve primarily as a seating area. You’ll likely need a coffee table and at least one end or sofa table, depending on the size of the piece. But to make the sitting area functional as both a lounge space and a makeshift bedroom, you’ll want furniture that’s easy to rearrange. For example, a lightweight acrylic or rattan coffee table is much easier to push aside than a solid stone or concrete drum table.

If you still want to incorporate a hefty natural material into the room, look for tables with marble, stone, or thick-cut glass tops and airy, open bases. The same advice applies to side tables. Or, if you still want to add a solid, sculptural metal or wood table with some weight to it, let that one act as a nightstand when the pull-out bed is in use.

Accent chairs, lounge chairs and armchairs should all be arranged clear of the pull-out space. To allow the overnight guest room to breathe and to avoid boxing the bed in with auxiliary furniture, arrange these spare seats so that they are flanking the sofa area. Angle the chairs out and away from the sofa to create a layout that feels open.

Illuminate with all-purpose lighting

As with furniture, you don’t want the hassle of rearranging the lighting when it’s time to pull out the couch for the night. Arc floor lamps are the perfect all-purpose option for sleeper sectionals, sofas, and loveseats alike. Specifically designed to fit behind a couch or chair, the arched neck of these lights maximizes the area the illumination covers, and the overhead design allows it to easily convert to a nighttime reading lamp for those tucked into the pull-out.

Another option that works for the entire space is a chandelier or overhead flush mount (use multiple flush mounts, if the space requires a little extra brightness) paired with a table lamp or two. Keep one table lamp on an adjacent side table that can do double duty as a bedside light for overnight guests.

Style decorative objects in the name of simplicity

marble coffee table with flowers and small books
Apartment Therapy/Pippa Drummond

Carefully consider the décor that sits atop the furniture pieces you’ll need to move when you pull out the bed. For example, think about the coffee table or ottoman in front of the couch. Instead of creating an elaborate tablescape of candles, hardcover books, vases, and other decorative objects, keep it simple and choose just a couple of items to display. You can still decorate with all the accessories you originally wanted—just spread them throughout the entire room, placing on console tables, wall shelves, and display pedestals instead of clustering most on the main surface.

If you plan to host overnight guests often, consider taking a minimalist approach to the decor in that particular room. As a DIY bedroom, it should be zen and welcoming, and a color palette of soft, neutral hues is visually comforting in a bedroom.

Pull-out sofas help you make the most of the space in your home. Try to make the most of the sleeper itself by surrounding it with accommodating furniture in a functional layout. Your future couch crashers will love you for it. Happy hosting!

Hannah Bollman writes inspirational and actionable content around home design and entertaining for Crate and Barrel, where you can find sleeper sofas to meet your hosting needs. When she’s not providing guidance on interior style, Hannah enjoys performing stand-up comedy and working to improve her 5K time. 

12 Clever Ways to Organize Your Book Collection

If you’ve been in the habit of carelessly cramming your books wherever there’s an extra inch of shelf space, it’s time to step up your organization game.

A solid book organization system doesn’t just make it easier to find what you’re looking for — it also makes you more likely to actually pick up a book and read.

Organizing your favorite reads doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming, either. We’ve rounded up a list of 12 easy, smart ways to organize your books — no professional librarian experience necessary.

Pro Tip: Before you organize your books, you may want to declutter. Here’s how to decide which books to keep or get rid of.

1. Separate your hard covers and paperbacks

book organization by paperback or hard cover
Flickr/Colby Gutierrez-Kraybill

Divide your hardbacks and paperbacks for a cleaner, more streamlined look on your bookshelves. It’s also a great way to organize if you’re a visual person.

2. Arrange your books by color

books organized by color
Honey We’re Home

This organization strategy is ideal if you’re the type of reader who tends to associate certain stories with their covers, or if you’re just really into the idea of statement bookshelves.

The best part about this method is that you can get super creative — stack your colors, try an ombré pattern, or opt for a rainbow look.

Pro Tip: If you like color-coordinating your books, try doing it to your wardrobe, too.

3. Don’t be afraid to stack books

stacked books
Flickr/EvelynGiggles

Keeping all your books in neat rows is a thing of the past. If you want a handful of select books to stand out, stack ‘em. You can stack by theme, cover, or size, and keep stacks on their own or use them to break up a row. There’s no wrong way to do it.

4. Organize books by genre or subject

books organized by genre
Flickr/Alan Levine

Group your mysteries together, your travel memoirs, your 18-century English literature novels, your cookbooks, and so on.

Organizing by genre and subject makes it a cinch to find the right book for your current mood and interests, so you’ll know exactly where to look when you need to satisfy your World War II curiosity or want a little romance story to spice up your Saturday night.

5. Display your favorite books front and center

display your favorite books
Flickr/Dan Taylor-Watt

Instead of lumping your favorite books in with all their mediocre peers (then frantically scanning the shelves every time you want to reread them), display them front and center where they can shine.

Free Bonus: Having trouble fitting your books on your shelves? Check out these 9 creative book storage hacks for small apartments

6. Organize your books alphabetically

alphabetical book organization
Flickr/Sarah J.

Alphabetical organization works best if you remember book titles and author names more than genres and plot points. It’s also ideal if your collection of books is so massive it’s basically a mini library.

Even better than the sense of accomplishment you’ll get from organizing your books alphabetically?

The satisfaction you’ll feel when your friends stop by to borrow a book and know exactly where to find it.

7. Organize your books according to how they made you feel

woman reading while sitting in bean bag chair

Maybe some books made you weep with sadness, while others had you laughing aloud to yourself at two in the morning. Maybe you read books so gripping you didn’t leave your couch for hours at a time. Maybe some books inspired you to pursue your passions, while others shattered your innocence. Maybe you read books that changed your life, and others that made no impression at all.

If you tend to have strong emotional responses to books, this organization method is an awesome way to categorize and distinguish what you’ve read.

8. Group together the books you haven’t read yet

new books never been read
Flickr/Brittany Stevens

Gather all the books you haven’t read yet and place them in their own special TBR (To Be Read) section so they don’t get lost among the other titles.

The best part?

You always have a book or two (or maybe five) to reach for when you need a fresh new read.

9. Arrange your books by height and size

bookshelves organized by height

Keep books of similar size and height together to give your collection a clean, uncluttered feel. The goal here is to create straight, even lines with the tops of your books — no staggered mountaintop rows allowed.

10. Separate your books by author: contemporary or classic

jane-austen-books-grouped-together
Ciao Domenica

This method works best if you have a diverse collection of old and new books. We’re talking Stephen King and Toni Morrison types, plus your Fitzgeralds, Austens, and Hemingways.

You can define contemporary and classic however it suits you: living and deceased authors, books written before and after a certain date, or books published in specific time periods.

11. Organize books by the condition of their covers

books with worn covers
Flickr/Alan Levine

This is another way to limit visual clutter on your bookshelves. Keep your torn, tattered, and weather-faded books all in one place, and your books with beautiful, well-kept covers in another.

12. Separate fiction and nonfiction

books separated by fiction and non-fiction
Flickr/George Redgrave

Every bookstore around the world employs this method because it’s simple and classic. Just group fiction books together and store everything else in another spot. Easy.

 

For all the books you can’t fit on your shelves but don’t want to say goodbye to, use MakeSpace.

Simply schedule a pickup and pack your stuff. We’ll grab everything from your home and transport it to our secure, temperature-controlled storage facility.

And when you need that box of 1980’s crime novels back, just browse the convenient online photo catalog of your stuff, click the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver it straight to you.

4 Unusual Ways to Optimize Your Kitchen Storage

Whether your kitchen is large or small, after a few years, it always seems that storage starts to run short. If you can’t expand your kitchen, the next best option is to optimize the room that you currently have available.

There are several ways to do this that might not have occurred to you yet. Just by thinking outside the box, you can amplify the amount of kitchen storage you have with some fairly simple solutions.

1. Corner Storage

corner cabinet drawers
The Owner-Builder Network

Almost every kitchen has at least one awkward corner cabinet where you can’t realistically store items because you can’t get to them. You can fill it with the stuff you never use, but why keep things you don’t need at all?

Instead, reclaim all of that space with a double-shelf corner organizer that pulls out, so you can easily access whatever you have stored on the shelves. These organizers come with wooden shelves and steel rails or are made entirely of heavy metal to last.

2. Overhead Storage

metal hanging pot rack

Pots and pans are incredibly bulky and take up more room than almost anything else. An excellent option to get many of them out of the way is to put a pot hanger over your island or along one wall. Gorgeous options are available in stainless steel, bronze, copper, black matte, and even antique pewter so you can match your décor.

With a large overhead hanger, you’ll see most everything you own. You’ll also have immediate access to whatever you need without having to kneel on the floor and search your cabinets for a particular item.

3. Drawer Storage

two-tier-silverware-drawer-storage
Pinterest

Another area where storage organization often becomes a challenge is the silverware and steak knife drawers. You can double any space that you have with a two-tiered tray set. The top tray is easily removable and also rolls back and forth, so you can access the items in the bottom area effortlessly. These organizers come in multiple widths to fit various-sized drawers.

Noticeable lack of drawers in your space? Try these miracle solutions for organizing your storage-challenged kitchen.

4. Hidden Storage

tilt out sink drawer storage
Denise Cooper – Be My Guest

Tip-out sink front trays with hinges are another great addition to any kitchen. These are installed right in front of your sink behind the cabinet. You just pull open the cabinetry which is hinged, and you’ll see a tray attached to the back side of the wood where you can store sponges, soap, scrubbers, and other small items. This kitchen storage option provides convenience and also opens up a bit of extra space under your sink.

Optimizing the storage in your kitchen will make meal preparation and cleaning up afterward more pleasant and much less stressful. The secret is not to waste an ounce of space while still keeping items accessible. Make sure your kitchen remains stylish yet functional no matter what.

This post was written by House Tipster,  a full-service website for homeowners, interior designers and home service professionals. The company offers virtual design tools as well as DIY home improvement tips and a large selection of other resources to help people easily create a gorgeous and functional home. 

5 Sanity-Saving Steps For Getting Your Kids’ Playspace Holiday Ready

The hot cocoa is brewing, festive playlists are on a loop, and lines at department stores are growing. It’s that time of year again!

If you’re a parent, chances are your extended family has already reached out and asked what the kids want for the holidays.

While your children are reciting their list to grandparents, aunts, and uncles, you’re probably thinking …

“Wow, where am I going to put all this new stuff?”  

This is especially true for smaller spaces, or in kids’ rooms that are meant for playing and storing toys.

No need to feel like a total toy-grabbing grinch, though. You can still allow your kids to enjoy the holidays while curbing the clutter (and saving your own sanity).

So grab a cup of that cocoa, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to make your kids’ playspace holiday ready:

1. Purge, purge, purge

a little girl sits on a table with toys that have been put away
Heather Nicholson of @daughtersandthings

Every year after opening gifts, it seems like my home looks like a department store after a Black Friday sale. There are just so many toys.

So before Christmas, I have my older kids participate in the holiday purge by picking at least 10 toys (that aren’t broken, of course) to give away and/or donate.

We also go through their clothes together to determine what they still wear, what they don’t, and what doesn’t fit. Anything that doesn’t make the cut gets tossed into a big box and donated to the local Salvation Army.

This not only reduces clutter, but it also teaches my kids to be more charitable. And it’s helped my kids realize the value of what they own. This year, they have asked for fewer presents and focused only on the things that they really want on their wish lists.

2. If you don’t have space, MakeSpace

a white nursery with a pair of floating shelves
Project Nursery

Rearranging your space can do wonders for creating ample room for holiday gifts.

Move your child’s bed into the corner of their room to create more room in the middle for play. Add some bins to their empty bookcase shelves for more storage potential.

Here are some other smart ways to make use of that extra space:

Use stylish floating shelves to store toys and your child’s favorite bedtime stories.

Cube furniture is another perfect fit for storing toys and books. It also makes any space look more organized. I love cubes for their multi-functionality, and my kids love them because they make cleanup time easier.

I also recommend investing in seats that double as storage, like a storage ottoman that serves two purposes in half the space.

Have a knack for DIY?

You could always craft your own custom storage furniture.

DIY Network shows how to convert an unused piece of furniture with wheels into a kids’ toy workbench. Roll in for playtime, roll out for cleanup.

Free Bonus: 15 Seriously Genius Space-Saving Furniture Ideas For Every Room In Your Apartment

Or dust off the paint brushes and give your kids an entire wall for expressing their creativity. Chalkboard paint is easy to use, and chalk is a quick clean.

Or copy this room from a home shown on HGTV with an entire art display hung from a magnetic wall. Either way, you’ll have a beautiful, gigantic masterpiece that sparks joy for you and your kids.

And let’s not forget about the ultimate space-making hack: MakeSpace.

Simply schedule a storage pickup (your first pickup is free), pack anything you don’t need in your home right now (like your window A/C unit and summer gear), and leave the rest to MakeSpace. They’ll pick up, store, and deliver your stuff back so that you have more space in your home to do whatever you and your kids want.

3. Use what you already have for storage

toys spill out of a canvas bag in a play space

Skip buying a bunch of baskets and bins to organize the play area. Up-cycle what you have on hand to save money.

Use an empty diaper box to create a beautiful fabric storage basket. Or paint an old dresser to convert it into a beautiful dress-up station.

Have old Easter baskets lying around?

Use them for small toys, cars, hair bows, and even jewelry. There are infinite possibilities when it comes to repurposing items in your home.

Free Bonus: How To Decorate A Small Apartment For The Holidays On A Budget

4. Maximize your closet space

shelves in a play room hold bins of toys and play gear
Mika Perry of Neat Method

Many of us are guilty of only using our closets for clothing and shoes — and that’s okay.

At the same time, bedroom closets can also be wonderful storage spaces for other important items, like linens and toys.

I like storing linens on the top shelf of my kids’ closets in baskets, which keeps them organized and out of the way when not in use.

Free Bonus: How To Organize Your Linen Closet (11 Super Simple Steps)

If you don’t know where to put that dollhouse that your little one just loves — but that takes up way too much space — consider putting it in your closet. Your kid will be happy knowing she can continue playing with her beloved toy, and you can relax in a less cluttered space.

5. Buy less stuff

a little boy is excited to have received his Green Piñata box
Green Piñata

In the end, a holiday-ready playroom really comes down to this: buying fewer things.

Having less stuff means you have less things to clean and organize.

Consider a toy rental service, like Green Piñata Toys, as a gift option for little ones this season.

Or gift an experience — like a trip to the zoo, aquarium, or a theme park — instead of something material. Buying less means less clutter, more space, and more time to spend with your loved ones.

Jillian Johnson is Green Piñata Toys’ savvy digital marketer, a military spouse, and mom of three with a passion for the creative, and a penchant for the domestic. When she’s not sharing innovative tips to make lives easier, she loves to cook, sew, and create. Check out her other works on The Piñata Blog.

20 Brilliant NYC Apartment Decorating Tips And Ideas On A Budget

Renting an apartment in New York City poses its own unique set of challenges.

For starters, your upstairs neighbors seem to go bowling at 4 AM every single night.

Then there’s the ambulance plowing down your avenue right when you’re nodding off.

And should you investigate that weird smell coming from the building entryway?

We can’t help you with the smells or noises. But we can help make your home a welcoming respite from all that outside chaos.

Here to show you how is Jamie Hord of Horderly, a professional organization company that serves the greater New York City area. Jamie shares her expert tips on organizing, decorating, and personalizing the types of apartments you’re likely to find in New York City.

The best part:

None of these genius solutions will break the bank. (Trust, we know NYC is ridiculously expensive enough.)

Read on for Jamie’s 20 NYC apartment decorating tips and ideas for turning your place into a home for crashing in the city that never sleeps.

Click any of the links below to jump to decorating tips for your apartment type:
Studio apartment
Railroad apartment
Micro-apartment
Shared apartment

Studio apartment

A studio apartment bed next to two windows
Jamie Hord

You might instantly cringe at the thought of a studio apartment, but some of my all-time favorite apartments are studios.

If you set your studio up right, it can be the perfect little living space. Here are some tips on how to decorate your small NYC studio:

1. Use curtains to make the room look taller

Instead of hanging your curtains at the top of your window, hang them as far up as they can go — think ceiling to floor. Making use of vertical space like this creates an illusion of height, and will make your room feel taller.

2. Use rugs to divide the room

I always recommend to clients to use trays to categorize items on tables. You can use this technique basically the same way when it comes to your studio apartment. Simply use rugs as your “trays” to designate distinct areas: dining, living, bedroom, etc.

3. Light the walls (without breaking your lease)

Instead of taking up floor space with a floor lamp, or table space with a table lamp, use a wall lamp. Apartment Therapy has a roundup of the best wall-lamps that don’t require a lease-breaking foray into rewiring your apartment’s electricity.

4. Get extra space under the bed

Put your bed on bed risers for an instant storage boost.

5. Downsize your furniture

Purchase smaller furniture pieces. Consider a love seat sofa instead of a full, and make sure it’s comfy.

Free Bonus: 15 Seriously Genius Space-Saving Furniture Ideas For Every Room In Your Apartment

Railroad apartment

a well-lit room in a railroad apartment
Jamie Hord

Railroad apartments can be tricky because of their awkward, narrow shape. But they can also be a gorgeous and very uniquely New York home.

Here are some tips for organizing and decorating a railroad apartment:

6. Keep the space visually clear

Because of the fact that you can look across your apartment and literally see every room, keep the tone minimal. Reduce as much clutter as possible, which will calm the space and leave it feeling less cramped.

7. Set up the space according to any natural light

If you’re tasked with balancing and designating the apartment rooms, take note of the lighting. The living room tends to feel best at the end of the apartment, because it gets the most sunlight.

However, this means you’ll have to accept the fact that your bedroom is in the middle of the apartment.

8. Take down any unnecessary doors

Remove doors to open up and brighten your long apartment. This will also help with ventilation.

9. Keep the color palette consistent

Paint the apartment either one color or in neutral shades for continuity.

a room in a railroad apartment has been converted into a closet
Jamie Hord

10. Think outside the closet

Closets in railroad apartments tend to be limited.  Try transforming one room into your “closet” by putting a wardrobe, dresser, and mirror in it. This will also clear tons of space in your bedroom.

To clear even more space in your home, schedule a MakeSpace pickup.

MakeSpace will pick up the stuff you don’t need in your home right now (like your summer and spring clothes) and store it in their secure storage facility. When you need something back from storage, they’ll deliver it to you.

Free Bonus: 53 Insanely Clever Bedroom Storage Hacks And Solutions

Micro-apartment

A mirror hangs in the entryway of a micro-apartment
Jamie Hord

No need to fret over a tiny apartment. Have you ever heard the saying “less space, less stuff?”

In a micro-apartment, you’ll actually end up accumulating less, simply because you won’t have anywhere to put new stuff. There is nothing wrong with living with less.

In fact, it is said that with less you can enjoy more. You might find your smaller space allows for a bigger life.

Here are some ways to maximize your small space:

11. Use mirrors to visually expand your space

Don’t be afraid to go big when it comes to using mirrors in a small room. This will create the illusion of depth.

Use mirrors even in the bedroom and kitchen. Some great areas to place a mirror is facing a window, in the entryway, along a narrow hallway, or above a fireplace.

Free Bonus: 15 Amazing Multi-Purpose Entryway Storage Hacks And Ideas That You’ll Love

12. Pick mirrored and acrylic furniture

Mirrored and acrylic furniture is also brilliant when it comes to decorating small NYC apartments. I recently used this mirrored dresser and this acrylic desk for a few clients, and we were obsessed with the the overall look it gave their apartment.

a large wardrobe with mirrors
Jamie Hord

Mirrored furniture can make the floor space look bigger. However, you don’t want to use mirror furniture if you already have a lot of patterns going on in the room.

As for the acrylic desk, it’s almost like it isn’t even there.

13. Position the bed foot-first

The bed always looks best head-on when you enter a room, even if that means placing it in front of a window.

14. Maximize any and all vertical space

Take advantage of all vertical space. Use shelves and over-the-door hooks wherever possible.

a bed is positioned under a window in a tiny apartment
Jamie Hord

15. Keep backup tables without wasting room

Nesting tables are a great way to store additional side tables for guests.

Shared apartment

a classy gallery wall hangs above a large brown dresser
Jamie Hord

Living with roommates is hard, but I think almost everyone in NYC  has to experience it at least once in their crazy Big Apple journey. Here are some ways to manage sharing a space:

16. Compromise with a shared wall

Who doesn’t love a gallery wall?

What’s best about a gallery wall is it can pretty much be as random as can be and still look good. Try putting together your and your roommate’s favorite pieces and see how much you both love it.

17. Try a touch of DIY

If you’re both bringing in furniture and decor that you each already have, you may have to pull it together by adding a little DIY. Try covering pillows with different pillowcases, painting furniture, and changing dresser and door knobs.

a plant sits next to a window with a gorgeous view from a studio apartment
Jamie Hord

18. Add some (green) life

Increase your happiness and productivity by adding fresh flowers to your apartment. Placing plants by the window will improve the overall aesthetic, too.

Free Bonus: 7 Gorgeous Houseplants That Will Purify The Air And Make You Happier

19. Get creative when dividing the space

There are many unique ways to create a room divider:

It could be a simple 4-part screen, a bookshelf/open bookcase, slider doors, or a curtain. Or simply ask your landlord to build out a wall (yes, sometimes they will do this).

20. Be 100% yourself in your own space

When sharing a small apartment, you may have to sacrifice a few of your favorite decor ideas. So be sure to embrace your bedroom, and make it totally your own!

This article was written by Jamie Hord of Horderly. Horderly is a professional home organization company serving the greater New York City area. Specializing in decluttering, organizing, and unpacking, they help clients feel a new sense of clarity with their belongings, along with maintaining a steady, functional lifestyle.

7 Clutter-Busting Strategies To Reclaim Your Garage

Very few people are satisfied with the state of their garage. Maybe yours is full of boxes from your last move or has become a dumping ground for unwanted household items that should have been discarded long ago.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if you could use your garage for its intended purpose? Even if you can fit your car in your garage, you probably wish it was more organized. Imagine being able to open your garage door without embarrassment and having plenty of room to park your car, with storage space to spare.

There’s no better time than now to reclaim your garage. The longer you wait, the more stuff will accumulate. So get started today with these seven clutter-busting strategies.

1. Organize a Cleanup Party

Cleaning out the garage is one of those jobs where you can use all the help you can get. Why not lighten the load and turn it into a party? It’s the perfect way to finish that “someday” project on your calendar.

Invite people to help clean out your garage in return for helping them clean out their garage. Plan to play music and have refreshments and snacks on hand. You and your guests will work up an appetite moving boxes, sweeping, and cleaning. Set up a pastry and coffee bar for breakfast, have pizza delivered at lunchtime, and grill some hot dogs and hamburgers when the work is done.

Tell your guests to wear comfortable clothing and shoes and expect to get dirty. In the end, you’ll probably have a blast. After all, you’ll be spending time with some of your favorite people.

2. Give your clutter a second chance at life

outdoor thrift store furniture company sign in chicago, il

It may seem like the garage is a good place to store things you aren’t using.

But think of it this way: If you aren’t using something, why store it at all?

Two of the biggest reasons we hold onto things are because we think they still have value or we don’t know what to do with them. But the longer you keep something, the less likely it will be worth anything to you.

Make a decision to donate your extra stuff and give it a second chance at life. You’ll also be helping someone who could really use what’s just taking up space in your garage – and that’s something to feel good about.

As for the stuff that has outlived its usefulness? Consider hiring a junk hauling service or renting a dumpster to haul away broken appliances, construction debris, yard refuse, and other household junk.

3. Turn clutter into cash

a woman smiles as she looks up from her phoneIf you need a little extra incentive to clean out your garage, you may be able to turn some of that clutter into cash. In addition to having a yard sale, there are other fast and easy ways to sell items.

There are people on Craigslist looking for lawn and garden equipment, housewares, furniture, and more. List your items along with a detailed description and multiple photos. If you’re not sure how much to ask for, search for offers on similar items.

Or use OfferUp to list your items with photos. Your listings will appear in the news feeds of other app users in your area.

Another way to sell stuff is to connect with potential buyers on Facebook.

Create an album and share it with friends in a post. Ask if they know anyone who might be interested in any of the things you’re selling. You can also search Facebook groups by your city or area name + online yard sales (e.g., “Chicago online yard sales”), join the group, and post there.

4. Re-home items elsewhere

outdoor storage shed

Easy accessibility makes the garage ideal for storing frequently used sporting goods and home improvement items, such as bicycles, automobile-related items, and lawn, garden, and snow removal equipment. One way to instantly create space in your garage is to store less frequently used or hazardous items elsewhere.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, you should store oil, gasoline, paints, propane, and varnishes in a shed away from your house. To deter insects and rodents, store firewood outside and opt for plastic-lid bins versus cardboard boxes for storage and pet food.

Finally, carefully consider what you buy. Today’s unplanned purchases become tomorrow’s clutter. Ask yourself:

  • Do I really need this item?
  • Do I have something else that will do for now?
  • Where will I put this?
  • Am I willing to pay cash for this?

5. Organize the smart way

a pegboard hangs in a garage to organize sports gear
Clean and Scentsible

The best way to organize your garage is by zone and by category. Group automotive, lawn and garden, sporting, seasonal storage, and long-term storage items together to make it easier to find what you need, when you need it.

When determining zones, consider accessibility. Store items you need to access more frequently in the front and above waist height. For example, it makes sense to keep lawn and garden equipment and tools near the door so they’re easier to move in and out. Store things you only use once a year in the back or higher up on the shelves in your storage area.

Store whatever you can off the floor. Hang bicycles from the rafters or on the wall. You can even mount storage racks from the ceiling for extra storage. Nail coffee cans to studs for storing hand tools and other small items such as paintbrushes. Nail furring strips between exposed studs for storing long-handled tools.

Free Bonus: 11 Gorgeous Bike Storage Solutions That Double As Art

6. Label, label, label

a tower of organized and labeled boxes in a garage shelf
A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Label storage bins using wide felt tip markers on masking tape. Store boxes and bins with labels facing out so you can find what you’re looking for without having to move heavy boxes. If you really want to get organized, tape an itemized list of the contents to the front of the box.

7. Consult a professional about built-in storage options

custom pegboard tool holders

You may want to invest in some organization or storage solutions — perhaps even a custom installation. According to a report from the National Association of Home Builders, garage storage was rated as “desirable” or “essential/must have” by 81 percent of home buyers.

Get an in-home consultation and estimate (usually free from most contractors) for custom garage installations to accommodate all of your storage needs. The possibilities include everything from simple garage cabinets to entire tool storage systems with workbenches. The cost may be less than you think, and who knows? It might just make your garage your new favorite room.

IICRC-certified House Cleaning Technician, Donna Smallin Kuper, is the author of a dozen best-selling books on uncluttering, organizing, cleaning, and simplifying life that have sold nearly 1 million copies worldwide. She also writes about organizing for The Home Depot, who offers garage organization services you can learn more about here.

15 Seriously Genius Space-Saving Furniture Ideas For Every Room In Your Apartment

Life in a tiny apartment has its ups and downs.

On the one hand, you’re living your dream in the greatest city in the world.

On the other hand … where the heck do you put all your stuff?

Enter space-saving furniture.

As any city slicker can attest, in the smallest of dwellings every square inch counts. Sofas, chairs, and even bed frames eat precious space. It’s high time they pull double-duty.

Here are the 15 best multi-purpose, space-saving furniture ideas and designs for every room in your small apartment, courtesy of Dolly.

Click any of the links below to jump to space-saving furniture for a specific room:
Space-Saving Entryway Furniture
Space-Saving Living Room Furniture
Space-Saving Kitchen and Dining Room Furniture
Space-Saving Bathroom Furniture
Space-Saving Bedroom Furniture
Space-Saving Office Furniture
Space-Saving Balcony Furniture

Space-Saving Entryway Furniture

1. Rebrilliant Clothes Hanging System

a clothes hanger pops out of a rebrilliant clothes hanging system, which looks like a photo frame hanging on the wallLive in a cramped apartment, but still love entertaining?

This photo frame displays more than just your cutest candids. Open it up, and out pops a small coat rack.

It’s the perfect solution for when you need to hang a few coats, but don’t want to show your guests your jam-packed closet (or if you don’t have a closet at all). Close it once your guests leave, and you’re back to having room to spread out.

2. IKEA TJUSIG Bench with Shoe Storage

a black TJUSIG Bench with Shoe Storage from IkeaWhile we’ll always be fans of the trusty over-the-door shoe rack, this shoe storage bench gives it a run for its money. Because it stores your shoes and gives you the perfect place to sit while you tie your laces.

Place it below a coat rack, and voilà: You’ve turned a useless corner into an efficient going-out nook.

Free Bonus: 15 Amazing Entryway Storage Hacks And Ideas That You’ll Love

Space-Saving Living Room Furniture

3. Merry Products Hidden Cat Litter Box Enclosure

a merry products hidden cat litter box enclosure that doubles as a shelfNobody likes a litter box — probably not even your cat.

So why waste precious square footage on it?

Using a hidden litter box enclosure not only masks the smell and hides an eyesore, but it also turns it into a piece of multifunctional furniture.

Add a lamp, a few coasters, and smile. The bane of your cat’s nine-life existence is now a beautiful side table/hotel.

Your guests will never know the difference. Until Fluffy sticks his head out, of course.

4. Sofa Mania Arthur Classic Linen Storage Sofa

a grey sofa mania arthur classic linen storage sofa with the seating openFinding storage in a room where couches hog half the floor space is a challenge.

Sure, you could buy lifts for your sofas. Or use under-the-bed storage containers. But why do all that work, when this space-saving sofa does the work for you … without expecting a paycheck?

The classic sofa’s mouth opens to reveal a 64” x 20” x 8” storage space. So you can store your books, shoes, emergency snacks, and Nerf guns inside. All while its high-density foam cushions comfort you and your unsuspecting guests.

Space-Saving Kitchen and Dining Room Furniture

5. Boomer & George Pet Feeder Station

a white boomer and george pet feeding station with pull-out drawers in the bottomDogs take up space with more than just their wagging tails and belly rubs.

Buying big bags of food means you also have to dedicate cabinet space to Fido. And if you have a tiny galley kitchen, you know how valuable any cabinet space can be.

This pull-out pet feeding station gives you a new, safe place to put your best friend’s food plus their endless brushes, toys, and treats.

The Pet Feeder Station is easy to fill. Simply pour up to 33 pounds of chow, then use the stoppers and metal knobs to control how much is released.

You also get some floor space back, by using the bottom drawer to push your pet’s bowls out of the way when they’re not in use.

Free Bonus: 10 Pawdorable Dog Toy Storage Ideas That Will Make Your Pup Smile

6. Simple Living 5-Piece Baxter Dining Set with Storage Ottomans 

a 5-piece baxter dining room set that saves space with 4 storage ottomans that double as seatsWhy settle for one bulky storage ottoman in your living room when you can spring for a dining set with storage that basically implodes?

Stash extra linens, beverages, or even some spare snacks in any one of the four ottomans.

The best part:

All four ottomans slide underneath the dining table, meaning you don’t need to dedicate extra square footage to chairs if you don’t have four people in your home that eat each meal together.

7. Bed, Bath & Beyond 3-Tier Slide Out Storage Tower

a white 3-tier slide out storage tower with wheels that fits in tight nooks and cranniesYou know that weird space between your fridge and your countertop that crumbs like chilling in?

Reclaim it by turning it into bonus storage.

This slim portable cupboard on wheels lets you play peek-a-boo with small bottles, spices, and condiments. So rather than squatting in your cabinet, they’ll have a new “now you see me, now you don’t” home.

Free Bonus: 48 Easy Kitchen Storage Hacks And Solutions That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Life

Space-Saving Bathroom Furniture

8. 88 Main Expandable Under-Sink Storage Rack 

an 88 main expandable under sink storage rack storing toiletries underneath a bathroom sinkIt’s time to talk about that cabinet underneath your bathroom sink.

The one that’s so tall, it should be able to store all your toiletries … but somehow always winds up a disorganized jumble.

This is your solution: an all-steel storage rack with adjustable and removable shelves.

Finding your hairspray is a breeze when it’s neatly stored above your brush, blow dryer, and favorite serums.

9. Simple Living Over-the-Toilet Space Saver

a white over-the-toilet simple living space saver shelf storing toilet paper, tissues, hand towels, and more

Gone are the days of wondering, “Dude, where’s my TP?”

This clever and surprisingly stylish shelving unit turns the dead space around your porcelain throne into convenient storage for all your toiletries.

There’s even a secret compartment for your extra rolls, and a bar to hang your current roll if your bathroom doesn’t have one built into the wall.

Free Bonus: 42 Bathroom Storage Hacks And Solutions That’ll Help You Get Ready Faster

Space-Saving Bedroom Furniture

10. Room and Loft Queen Andrew Sofa-Murphy Bed

a closed queen andrew sofa-murphy bedMurphy beds might seem too expensive to be worth the space they save.

But it’s 2017. Murphy beds are so much more than simple fold-down beds.

The contemporary space-saving superhero pictured above is a comfy sofa and a wall bed. Perfect for upgrading a standard living room into a gorgeous guest room.

If you live in a studio apartment, even better. You get two furniture pieces in one, and you can just fold up your sofa bed anytime you have company over.

11. Baxton Studio Engelbertha White Queen Upholstered Bed with Storage 

a chic baxton studio engelbertha white queen upholstered bed that lifts open for easy under bed storageYou’ve probably heard of under-the-bed storage, but how about lift-the-bed storage?

That’s right. This bedroom storage furniture is like a giant friendly alligator that conceals your extra pillows, blankets, and out-of-season clothes while you sleep soundly on its snout.

Free Bonus: 53 Insanely Clever Bedroom Storage Hacks And Solutions

Space-Saving Office Furniture

 12. Project 62 Loring Secretary Desk 

a 1960s-style walnut loring secretary desk by project 62Sometimes, you need to be glued to your laptop, working like a dog, never leaving your desk just to get some stuff done.

Other times, you want to banish your desk from your apartment so you can do anything but work.

Enter the secretary desk.

This version comes with modern finishings, like two electrical outlets and two USB outlets, providing a space- and sanity-saving desk solution.

Close the desk’s door, and store your paperwork, books, and office supplies inside when you’re not working. Open the door, and get down to business.

13. Dorm Co. Classic Dorm Desk Bookshelf  

a white classic dorm desk bookshelf stores books, a tissue box, and more above a computer monitorWhen optimizing space in a home office, the key is to put your storage up high.

Dorms require their fair share of storage hacks, so college students got this right. Put a storage shelf on your desk to add more space for your plethora of Post-its, pens, and paperbacks.

Kiss your bookshelf goodbye, and say hello to more floor space.

Space-Saving Balcony Furniture

14. Loon Peak Throop Portable Picnic Table

a foldable throop portable picnic table by loon peakOne of the biggest issues with deck or balcony furniture is that it can’t stay on the deck forever.

You’ll want to bring the furniture inside when it gets colder outside, but how do you fit an entire deck set into your one-bedroom?

Answer: You buy this portable picnic table.

It folds into an easy-to-store briefcase for the colder months and becomes a perfect little deck table for when it’s warm out. All you need is a few wine glasses and a tablecloth.

15. Gymax Hanging Railing Folding Deck Table

an adjustable gymax hanging railing folding deck table supporting 2 white coffee mugs on plates and a rose in glass vaseGot an extra-small balcony?

Here’s an extra-small table for ya.

This tiny hanging balcony table is just the right size for a breakfast plate and some coffee. It takes up zero floor space, so you can welcome the day, stretched out on a comfy chair, and still have a spot to put down your cup.

Ready to reorganize your small home to make more space? Not sure how to make it happen?

Dolly can help with the heavy stuff. We’ll bring a truck and some muscle to help rearrange your digs, or help you deliver space-saving furniture from the store. Your small space will feel like a palatial pad in no time.

Scratching your head, thinking what you’re going to do with your old furniture?

Let MakeSpace store everything for you.

This article was written by Dolly, which brings you truck and muscle anytime you need it. We connect you with local pickup truck owners who are ready to help you with moving, store delivery, Craigslist pickups, and more. You can learn more about us at Dolly.com.

10 Pawdorable Dog Toy Storage Ideas That Will Make Your Pup Smile

If you’re a dog owner, you probably feel the urge to give your best friend the best you possibly can. That means all your attention, only the best food, and plenty of exciting toys.

But that also means, at some point, you might get your dog too many toys, and it might feel like those toys are taking over your space if they don’t have anywhere to go.

The solution?

Personalized and custom dog toy storage boxes, bins, and buckets that look much better than a plain ol’ plastic bin, or worse — slobbery dog toys strewn everywhere.

We’ve got 10 pawdorable dog toy storage ideas to make your life easier, your dog happier, and your home less cluttered.

1. Dog bone storage bin

dog bone storage bin by ourpets
The Our Pet’s Co.

This bone-shaped dog toy storage bin from OurPet’s is great because no one will get confused about the contents of the box.

It’s made with dogs in mind; the plastic is food-grade, so don’t worry if your puppy happens to gnaw on it. Plus, it comes in two different sizes. The small is 18” long and 10” high and can hold up to 10 lb. of food. The large is 23.5” long and 13” high and can hold up to 30 lb. of food, but you can store really anything you need in there.

The top of the container features a handle, so it’s easy to transport or carry around the house in case your dog threw his/her toys *literally* everywhere.

2. Custom natural wood dog toy box

handmade softwood dog toy box by sally grist
Etsy/SallyGristArtwork

If you’re searching the internet for dog toy storage ideas, you’ll soon find that some of the best stuff is on Etsy. That’s because mostly everything is handmade and customizable, like this natural wood dog toy bin made by SallyGristArtwork.

It’s a little pricey at $70.61 (if you want custom lettering), but it’s worth it. If your home has a rustic vibe going on, this dog toy bin will blend in perfectly. It comes in two different colors and features bone-shaped handles on the side for easy handling, and a cover to hide your dog’s toys from sight (but there’s still a tiny crack so they can still sniff out his/her stuff).

3. Metal dog toy bucket

galvanized recycled steel good dog gift bucket by harry barker
Harry Barker

This bucket is simple, goes with pretty much any decor you have going on, and because it’s made from galvanized recycled steel, it’s slobber-proof. And at $10, it’s one of the cheapest dog toy storage bins you’ll find.

Plus, Harry Barker offers complimentary personalization (great if you have multiple dogs and they each like different toys).

4. Personalized wicker basket

empty wicker baskets

Bucket not your cup of tea? Try this personalized cotton cover and dog toy wicker basket. Even though, yeah, your dog can’t read, they’ll still be able to sense the thought and love that went into getting them a special toy basket that’s just for them.

The best thing about this wicker basket/cotton liner combo is that if your basket starts to get dirty, and it’s bound to become, you can just take the liner off and throw it in the wash. The pair sells for $31.90 at PersonalizationMall.com.

5. Small bone-shaped boxes

dog toy box by black squirrel primitives
Etsy/BlackSquirrelPrims

Here’s another bone-shaped dog toy box. It’s around the same size as the first one we looked at (size small), but this one’s custom made. It comes in two different colors and features an open bin construction. That makes it easy to just drop toys in as you accidentally step on them.

6. Personalized wooden dog toy box, available in six different colors

dog toy box by collegeviewcrafts
Etsy/CollegeViewCrafts

This adorable and inventively designed dog toy box is where it’s at. It comes in six different colors, and the store even throws in free personalization.

It’s unique because your dog can easily pull toys out of the pawprint-shaped bottom, and you can easily lift up the hinged top when it’s time to put everything away. It’s 21” tall too, so it’s got plenty of room to store every toy.

7. Felt dog toy storage basket

dog toy storage basket by tuloz
Tuloz

This is what you want to buy if you’ve got a hip and minimalist look going on in your living room and don’t want anything to ruin that.

It’s made of gray felt in a perfect 12” x 12” square and comes with *animal-friendly* faux leather. No one will notice it’s filled with squeaky fake ducks and long purple ropes.

8. Recycled nylon dog toy bucket

red eco good dog toy storage bin
Harry Barker

Here’s another great dog toy storage solution from Harry Barker. They made a dog toy bucket out of recycled nylon. It’s 9.5” high and 14” wide, comes in three different colors, and it comes with handles. Handles make everything easier. We love handles.

And once again, Harry Barker offers personalization (for an extra $12).

9. Custom dog toy box in 32 different colors

personalized and bright blue wooden dog toy box storage crate by our sweet home alabama
Etsy/OurSweetHomeAlabama

Here’s the ultimate customized and personalized dog toy storage crate. It comes in 32 different colors, so you can match it to whatever color scheme your home rocks. This Etsy user even says they “love custom orders,” so don’t be shy about offering up additional customization requests. Plus, they have a bunch (67?!) of other dog toy storage items in their shop.

10. DIY version of the same crate

diy dog toy box by dog mom days
Dog Mom Days

Lastly, if you’re feeling particularly crafty, try your hand at this DIY dog toy box tutorial. DogMomDays shows you how to build your own. She sanded down a wooden crate to get all the splinters off, then painted it with the color of her choice. Next, she took some wooden shapes, painted those, and fixed them to the crate with wood glue once everything dried.

But feel free to get creative here. You can use multiple different colors, add handles, paint your dog’s name on the side, whatever. Let your imagination go wild on this dog toy crate. The only thing holding you back is however long your dog will let you focus before demanding attention and belly rubs.

Organizing and storing your cute dog’s toys in almost-equally-as-cute storage solutions is great and all, but sometimes, too much stuff is just too much stuff. No matter how many paw or bone-shaped bins and boxes you have.

Here’s an idea: Ditch the furniture, books, and shoes you’re not in love with anymore, and MakeSpace for puppy love.

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This article was written by Hannah Van Arsdale, a freelance writer and dog person based in Portland, OR.

We Asked A Guy Who Made A Pocket-Sized Blanket How To Pack For Hiking Like A Minimalist

When you live in a big city — where piles of trash line the streets instead of trees — sometimes you just need to escape. You need fresh air and greenery! It also wouldn’t hurt to get some exercise in while you’re at it. Going on a hiking expedition, you decide, is the perfect way to accomplish all this. Preferably in one of those towns where the sky is big and the buildings are small, surrounded only by open acres and livestock.

But first, you need to know how to pack for hiking. And therein lies the problem. I had no idea how I was supposed to fit everything I possibly needed for an entire day in just one bag when I started hiking. My first trek was out to the bottom of a waterfall. I envisioned that once I made it down there I would need a lot of food and water, and also some entertainment if I wanted to make a day out of it.

My packing strategy was not a good one: I basically just threw a bunch of beef jerky, fruit, nuts, and boiled eggs into my backpack, along with my water shoes, some extra clothes, and some books. Then, sensibly, I handed it off to my boyfriend to carry. Though I didn’t get off that easy. I opted to haul our giant jug of water that wouldn’t fit in the bag down the mountain, instead.

When we made it to our destination, we opened the bag and were confronted with chaos. The fruit became fruit juice. The eggs were smashed up against our shoes, and vice versa. You just don’t want shoe on your egg or egg on your shoe. Everything was virtually unusable.

We’ve learned a lot since then. Namely, we invested in a strange briefcase that’s specifically for transporting eggs. But I still wouldn’t call myself a backpacking expert. So I turned to Chris Clearman, the Colorado entrepreneur behind Matador who turned smart and efficient outdoorsmanship into a business. If you thought my egg carrier was savvy, he’s about to blow your mind.

“I’m a huge hiker and backpacker,” Clearman assured me. Indeed, he created what seems like the world’s smallest blanket (it can fold up to fit in your pocket) with outdoor lovers for whom space is at a premium in mind.

pack a minimal red matador pocket blanket so stay warm while hiking
Matador

It turns out there’s a world of whole hiking innovations that I had no idea about. Rather than carry around clunky jugs of water like a plebe, Clearman suggests the Sawyer mini water filter. It’s basically a straw that transforms a river, a waterfall, or any water source around into perfectly drinkable water through a filtration system.

packing a sawyer mini water filtration system lets you filter and drink purified water while you're hiking
Sawyer Products

“There’s a bunch of different versions of filtering straws,” Clearman explained. “I would say the Lifestraw is the worst of them. When you’re out on the trail you’ll see that every backpacker has the Sawyer mini. It’s a fifth of the size and it can filter hundreds of thousands of gallons of water [before you need to replace it], which is more than you’ll ever use.”

And if you have a hydration backpack, like a CamelBak, you can connect the straw to it; simply fill up the bag with some dirty river water and it will come through clean.

On the low-tech spectrum, Clearman also extols the benefits of wool. He explained how a simple clothing choice could save you room in your bag, especially if you’re planning on turning your hike into an overnight camp:

“You can wear wool for a weeks on end and it never gets stinky,” he said. “It doesn’t retain sweat and you can wear it indefinitely. So it allows you to only take one shirt, one pair of underwear, and one pair of pants. If you’re going on a long trip, that saves you a lot of room in your pack.”

For winter expeditions, he adds that a down coat is the way to go; they scrunch down in your bag so you can make every inch count.

For long hauls, Clearman stresses that a compression bag will be your friend. You might not be able to get your tent any smaller, but compression bags can drastically reduce the bulk of your sleeping bags. “It can reduce it to a third of its size,” he explained. “If you have a nice sleeping bag, you’re not going to want to store it long-term in a compression bag, but, in between sleeps on a four or five night trip, it doesn’t hurt at all.”

packing an ultra-sil compression bag for your hiking trip will reduce the bulk of your sleeping bag
Sea to Summit

For both simple day trips and overnights, you can optimize the way you pack your food to save space. Learn from my mistakes: Throwing everything in your bag and hoping for the best will not work out.

“I usually vacuum seal all my food,” Clearman told me. I have a FoodSaver. You can take just about whatever you want in those. You can take fruit and even pre-cooked foods. They’ll stay fresh for days.”

 

Dry goods, like nuts and granola, are also crucial fuel. If you’re going on a deep wilderness hike and you’re planning on cooking over a fire, “rice, rice noodles, pasta, and quinoa are filling and easy to make,” Clearman said. He recommends vacuum sealing those as well and just cooking them in the bag in boiling water while you chill out.

The only thing that could get in your way of your perfect hiking trip now is rain. But Clearman has some tips for that, too. He says you’re going to want dry bags to put your wool clothes, your sleeping bag, and your vacuum-sealed food in. “Dry bags are key. If your gear gets wet it’s useless. They make really thin, ultra-seal dry bags that you can put anything you need in them.”

hiking tip: pack a matador droplet wet bag to keep your gear dry in the least space possible
Matador

Basically, packing for hiking is all about putting bags in other bags. It’s a little absurd, but totally necessary. Your choice of backpack, the ultimate bag, is also important. You’re going to want to go with one that’s roomy and waterproof — but most of all, light.

If you want to pack smartly, it all really ends with what you’re putting everything in. Hardcore hikers recommend something simple and sturdy like the Gorilla 40 Ultralight Backpack. Key features include shoulder straps and hip straps to distribute the weight.

a gorilla 40 ultralight backpack by gossamer gear is one of the best lightweight and minimal backpacks for hiking
Gossamer Gear

It’s safe to say your backpack should probably not look like a pair of cargo shorts; extra pockets add more weight, and they’ll probably just confuse you. Rooting through a million compartments just to find your car keys after a hike — when you’re already dreading going back to the trash piles of the city — is not fun, trust me.

Hiking is all about enjoying nature — being prepared can help you do that. It’s not one of those hobbies that force you to invest in bulky equipment that you have no place to store, especially in a tiny apartment. Though, if you need storage, MakeSpace can help.

This article was written by Gabby Bess, a writer living in Brooklyn, NY.

53 Insanely Clever Bedroom Storage Hacks And Solutions

Bedroom storage hacks and solutions are a dime a dozen. A quick Google search will reveal a sea of storage ideas. So how do you know which storage solutions to DIY or buy?

You don’t. But that’s ok because we’re here to help.

We sifted through tons of bedroom storage tips and products to bring you this huge list of 53 insanely clever bedroom storage hacks and solutions that you’ll actually want to DIY or buy — without having to break a sweat or the bank.

The result: a more spacious and organized bedroom/home office/closet/storage unit because let’s be real, we’re all tight on space.

So read on, and unleash your bedroom’s true storage potential. Plus, if Grayson Altenberg can maximize the space in his 100-square-foot micro-apartment, so can you.

1. Install shelves along the perimeter of your bedroom walls.

bedroom storage shelves installed along the perimeter of a wall
Decoist

The least-used space in your apartment is prime real estate for implementing creative bedroom storage ideas. And no space is more unused than the 12 inches of wall below your ceiling.

Put that space to work by installing shelves along the perimeter of your bedroom walls, which will add dozens of square feet of storage space.

2. Clip binder clips onto your desk and store cords in their arms.

Cord storage hack: clip binder clips onto a desk and store cords in the clips' loops.
Lifehacker

They may look sleek and be small, but your iPhone and MacBook cables take up more space than you realize. In fact, when they’re tangled beside your bed, they’re just clutter.

Organize those cables using a few binder clips. It’s one of many storage hacks for small spaces that works well on its own or when paired with a DIY charging box.

What’s that? You also want to keep your iPhone charger and headphones untangled while you’re on the go?

No problem. Follow these four simple steps, store everything in an eyeglasses case, and be on your decluttered way.

3. Hang a clothes rack in the corner.

bedroom storage hack: install a clothes rack in an empty corner
Delphine Cosmetic Diary

The bad news: Your closet, if you have one, won’t grow on its own.

The good news: You can quickly make a closet.

How?

Glad you asked. Hang a clothes rack in any empty corner.

4. Use crown molding as a shoe rack.

creative bedroom storage hack: mount a shoe rack into the wall
Martha Stewart

This simple bedroom storage hack will work best with heels, and look best if your footwear collection rivals Carrie Bradshaw’s. Because their sole supports itself against the wall, your shoes will stay put on their own.

The best part: Crown molding is unobtrusive since it blends in with the wall. Kind of like the Indominus rex from Jurassic World, except not deadly.

5. Opt for a headboard with storage.

white ikea brimnes headboard bedroom storage solution
Apartment Therapy

If your bedroom is more bed than room, look at it as a storage opportunity. You can adapt your bed to store many things, starting at the top.

Choose a headboard like the BRIMNES headboard from IKEA that gives you storage space for books, magazines, mementos, and spare light bulbs for your space-saving BULBING Lamp or LiliLite.

6. Hang your laundry hamper on the back of your bedroom door.

Dirty clothes storage hack: hang a laundry hamper on the back of your bedroom door
Lifehacker

Your dirty clothes hamper doesn’t have to take up three square feet on the floor. In fact, it shouldn’t since you can buy a hanging hamper from Red Check Market’s Etsy shop.

Hang it on the back of your bedroom or closet door and relish all the floor space you just saved.

7. Use your radiator for shelf space.

white radiator cover shelves used for cheap storage space
DecoSEE

Since we can’t live without them three to five months a year, we might as well use our radiators for storage.

DIY-ing a radiator shelf or buying a cover is a good idea for safety and aesthetics. And if you buy one with attached shelving, you’ll get some extra storage space out of it too.

8. Store your yoga mat on the wall.

purple namaste yoga mat storage solution hung on the back of a door
Kickstarter/Neal Margulis

Sure, yoga mats roll up nicely into a soft cylinder, but that’s still a cylinder you have to store somewhere.

You could build a little shelf for it. Or you could install a Namaste Yoga Mat Hanger behind your bedroom door.

 

9. Buy a bed frame with drawers.

wooden mashstudio lax series storage bed with drawers
Core77

Storage beds are one of the most obvious storage hacks for small bedrooms, but they’re also among the best. While every kind of space-saving bed will open up space in your bedroom, storage beds can give you as many drawers as a dresser.

Whether you use those drawers for storing clothes, files, or your movie collection is entirely up to you. And maybe also your significant other.

10. Build a staircase/bookcase.

diy staircase/bookcase/ladder by danny kuo
Danny Kuo

In real life, or on HBO, we’ve all seen those beautiful custom-built loft beds with bookshelf stairs. There’s just one catch: Because they’re feats of engineering, they can intimidate anyone who wants to replicate the design but has no idea where to start.

If you’re handy and want to build tall shelving you can walk up, consider a shelf unit like the one above. It’s simpler than a full bedroom project, and still gifts you with shelving up to the ceiling.

11. DIY a platform storage bed.

white stolmen storage bed ikea hack
Stil Inspiration

With a little creativity and a few extra screws, you can hack IKEA furniture into beautiful storage solutions. In fact, the platform bed above was made from just a few STOLMEN drawers.

As amazing as that platform bed is, though, that’s just the tip of the IKEA-bedroom-hack iceberg. For plenty more bedroom IKEA hacks, look no further than one of our favorite sites of all time: IKEA Hackers.

12. Stack old suitcases to make a vintage nightstand.

 

vintage suitcase table with storage
Where My Heart Resides

Stacks of old suitcases can add a nice stylistic flair to your bedroom plus convenient storage for the things you need but don’t use every day.

Your extra winter blanket, for example, can go in the bottom suitcase until the weather turns cold again and you need the blanket to beat cabin fever/build a fort.

Our favorite part: This storage trick doesn’t require any construction. Just stack and store, and you’re all set.

13. Hide your trash bin.

amish pine tilt-out trash bin cabinet with a storage drawer
Dutch Crafters

We all need to store our trash somewhere. The only problem is that any trash bin will eat at least a square foot of space. Until it doesn’t because you’re going to hide yours in a tilting cabinet.

Not only will it keep your waste out of sight, but it’ll also serve as a nightstand, filing area, or makeup counter.

14. Install a fold-down desk.

nicki wang writing on the domino loft system's whiteboard while donnie wang watches
Brian Flaherty

Here’s a paradox: You need a desk but don’t have room for a desk.

The solution? A fold-down desk like the one from the Domino Loft System that practically disappears when you fold it back up against the wall.

These desks come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Some even have built-in storage for your office supplies. They’re a great storage solution for your bedroom, if and when you work from home. All you need is a chair, though the foot of your bed can do in a pinch.

15. Store your tank tops on shower curtain rings.

tank top storage hack: attach shower curtain rings to a hanger and hang it on top of a bedroom door
Listotic

Your drawer and closet space is a precious commodity. If you have a lot of tank tops to store, save yourself the folding hassle by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Attach shower rings to a hanger.

Step 2: Hang the tank tops on the rings.

Step 3: Hang the entire storage solution on top of your bedroom doorframe

That’s it?

That’s it. You just cleared out a whole drawer, and you’re still ready to bring the guns out when the sun’s out.

16. Hang a cork wall for jewelry storage.

bedroom wall-mounted diy jewelry storage made from a cork board and an empty art frame
Bob Vila

You may not have used cork board since elementary school, but you should, especially if you need jewelry storage.

This simple, sustainable material will keep all of your necklaces from tangling — without taking up more space than a picture frame. On its own, cork board doesn’t look as elegant as some countertop solutions, but it can with a nice gilded frame.

17. Velcro your hard drive to a shelf.

twelve south backpack/hard drive storage shelf attached to the back of an imac stand
Apartment Therapy

Regardless of how small your hard drive is, it still takes up precious desk or shelf space by just sitting there. You can quickly store your hard drive in the air, though, with a little Velcro.

Beneath your desk or on the underside of a shelf, this easy DIY storage hack can be used for your hard drive or anything else you want out of sight, out of mind.

Want the hard drive shelf pictured above?

Pick up a BackPack from Twelve South, clip it to the back of your iMac stand, and keep your hard drive out of sight but definitely not out of mind.

18. Hang pegs on the back of your closet door for storing shoes.

diy shoe storage hack made from wall-mounted boards with pegs
The Project Addict

A shoe organizer does wonders for decluttering your home, but what if you prefer a more attractive storage option?

Build a pegboard shoe rack, attach it to the back of your closet door, or to the wall right above the floor, and hang your shoes on the pegs.

Required: a little elbow grease.

Not required: watching your shoes fall to the floor because a shoe peg board guarantees sturdiness.

19. Fold your bed sheets and store them under your mattress.

white bed sheets folded and stored under a mattress
One Good Thing by Jillee

Sometimes the simplest storage solutions are the easiest to overlook.

Rather than add messy piles to your closet shelves or drawers, clean and store your extra sheets under your mattress. If you fold them well and put them at the foot of your bed, you won’t feel a pea, much less a stack of sheets.

20. Add a few floating shelves.

franklin shelf corner shelves by tronk design
Tronk Design

Floating shelves are an awesome bedroom storage solution. They free up floor space and allow more natural light to flow through your home, which visually expands your space.

Some floating shelves are DIY, but you can also choose from a bunch of prefab wall shelves that just require a stud and screwdriver.

21. Give your pants their own rack.

bedroom closet storage solution: wooden pull-out pants rack
House Design Inspire

You shouldn’t have to waste half of your clothes rod on hanging pants. And you won’t, if you install a pants rack in your closet. These efficient storage systems keep the creases out while avoiding hangers.

That said, they’re usually custom-built. If you don’t have the carpentry skills and don’t want to hire a contractor, invest in a few pant rack hangers. The principle’s the same, though they’re a little more difficult to access while you’re dressing.

22. DIY a pegboard organizer and mount it to the wall.

diy pegboard organizer storing picture frames, watches, bracelets, a handbag, a scarf, and more
Better Homes and Gardens

A fixture of any workshop or tool shed, pegboards can be beautiful bedroom storage solutions too.

With a little paint and a few screws, you can hang pegboards anywhere to store just about anything. Since they’ve been around so long and used so much, you can find many baskets, rods, and hooks tailor-made for the system.

23. Suspend your bicycle from the ceiling.

ceiling bike rack in architect/bike activist david baker's living room
Languid Lovely

Bikes take up a lot of space, which you already know if your apartment building isn’t blessed with a basement bike room.

We’ve seen many gorgeous bike storage solutions that hang your bike from the wall, but don’t forget about the ceiling. Your unused airspace is begging to store your bicycle.

24. Build bookshelves from old dresser drawers.

white diy dresser drawer bookshelf by kate levinson and mike muschong from west town, chicago, illinois
Apartment Therapy

If the idea of DIY shelving terrifies you, consider this alternative book storage hack: Repurpose old dresser drawers into bookshelves.

You may have to hunt around on Craigslist or garage sales for free (or almost free) dressers. And if you do, you’ll have the skeletal framework of a hanging shelf. Arrange the drawers however you want, and voilà, instant and interesting book storage.

25. Add hooks to the back of your closet wall.

wall-mounted white coat hooks as a bedroom closet storage hack
Cents and Order

Behind your clothes rod stands a wall just itching to be used. But because it’s usually covered up with clothes, you can’t store items there that you need to access every day.

Surely, though, you have a few purses, messenger bags, or even coats that would fit on hooks behind the clothes rack. In fact, anything hangable can go back there, so install some hooks and have at it.

26. Maximize your drawer storage with drawer organizers.

wooden diy drawer organizer
Homedit

You already know modular desk organizers are great for organizing any kitchen or junk drawer. But did you know they’re just as valuable in your bedroom?

Place one in any desk drawer, or in any dresser drawer that doesn’t hold stacks of clothes, and toss your comb, brush, hair ties, hair pins, and any other small item inside.

Prefer to build your own?

Here’s how to DIY a drawer organizer out of craft board.

27. Store your keys and cables in LEGOs.

diy keys and cable holder made from sugru and a lego plate, brick, and man
Sugru

We love creative desk organization products, and this LEGO storage hack remains one of our favorites. With a little Sugru, these three LEGO pieces can store your phone charger and key ring right where you need them: in plain sight.

28. Hang your pants and jeans on S Hooks.

stainless steel s hooks used for jeans and pants storage in a bedroom closet
Etsy/CustomCitizen

Like the tank top trick mentioned earlier, except for pants, hanging S hooks on a rod is an easy way to instantly increase your closet storage space. The simple metal hooks will store any number of pants and jeans, without the bulk of wooden hangers.

Use them in your closet or add a new rod anywhere in your bedroom. Just make sure it’s high enough to suspend the full length of your pants.

29. Buy a MANDAL headboard — and then a second one.

two ikea mandal headboards for extra bedroom storage
Apartment Therapy

IKEA’s MANDAL bed has always been a stunning piece of bedroom furniture with storage. And because it has drawers built into its frame plus a headboard with adjustable shelves, the MANDAL bed can easily replace your nightstand.

It’s even more effective if you buy two headboards like in the above photo. You’ll need to do a little engineering to keep the top headboard from tipping over. Once you accomplish that, you’ll double your headboard shelf space in no time.

30. Build a trundle bed with storage.

wooden diy trundle bed with storage
Humble Homes

You don’t see many trundle beds, except for maybe in your grandparents’ house. Still, their basic concept is valuable for saving space in a small bedroom. Visible to everyone is a sturdy twin bed, while hidden beneath it is a second mattress on wheels.

If you’d rather not build your own platform bed or install drawers, don’t worry, you don’t have to. Simply add wheels to an old dresser drawer and push it under your bed frame. Whenever you need to access your stuff, it’s only one tug away.

31. Create your own rolling library.

5-shelf storage rack with wheels from seville classics
Seville Classics

Storage racks with wheels are brilliant. Take the 5-Shelf UltraZinc Wire Shelving System from Seville Classics  for example. Thanks to its five sturdy shelves and wheels, you can use it as a portable storage unit.

Or buy a few, push them together, place your books on the shelves, and congrats — you now have a library that you can roll anywhere.

Want a smaller option?

These affordable and stylish bathroom carts from IKEA are exactly what you need.

32. Buy hanging fruit baskets and store socks, hats, and more in them.

 fox run craftsmen 3-piece hanging fruit basket from wayfair
Wayfair

Remember these guys?

Just because hanging fruit baskets are still around in a lot of kitchens doesn’t mean you can’t use them in your bedroom.

Hang one above your nightstand, or in your closet, and use it to store socks, hats, bandanas, beanie babies, or whatever else floats your boat. The hanging fruit basket doesn’t judge, or take up any floor space.

33. Store clothes and linens in canvas totes.

canvas storage bags make for cheap and convenient linen, clothes, and closet storage
Houzz

Canvas totes are a storage staple in many boats for two main reasons:

  1. They can store as many items as plastic crates can.
  2. They’re malleable, which makes collapsing and storing them under your bed, on a shelf, or in the back of your closet super easy.

34. Deck out your wall with TRONES.

a wall of gray and black ikea trones is a stylish and cheap bedroom storage solution
Houzz

No hacks or tinkering here, just one versatile shoe storage product. Pick up a TRONES cabinet (or four), mount them to your bedroom wall in your configuration of choice, and store up to six pairs of shoes inside each one.

Don’t limit yourself to only storing shoes, though. If an item can fit in a 20” x 7” x 15” space, it can fit in a TRONE. We’re looking at you, gloves, scarves, hats, and magazines.

35. Mount an invisible bookshelf to the wall

miron lior conceal book shelf from dan and dave
Dan and Dave

The simple, unobtrusive, and inexpensive Conceal Book Shelf is almost invisible, hence its name. Using two thin metal plates, the Conceal Book Shelf can levitate a stack of books wherever there’s a wall. So basically anywhere in your bedroom, and in your entire apartment.

36. Wall-mount your coat rack.

ikea bjarnum folding hooks used as bedroom wall coat hooks
IKEA

Don’t bother with a coat rack that takes up a whole corner of your bedroom. Instead, hang your coats on the wall using hooks like BJÄRNUM folding hooks from IKEA.

These little storage solutions are cleaner, more space-efficient, and less at risk of toppling over onto your attractive face.

37. Install a shelf above your bedroom door.

white diy storage shelf above a bathroom door
The 2 Seasons

Here’s a space you definitely don’t use but definitely should: the space above your bedroom door.

DIY and install a storage shelf right above your door and use it for storing anything from towels to rain boots.

38. Use bead organizers for your makeup storage.

A bead organizer is an easy way to organize and store eyeshadow singles and MAC Paint Pot jars.
Makeup and Beauty Blog

We’ve seen a lot of makeup storage hacks in our days, and we keep coming back to this one for its simplicity: old bead organizers.

Why?

Because they’re a convenient and cheap storage solution that just so happens to be perfectly sized for storing MAC Paint Pot jars and eye shadow singles

39. Belt, tie, and scarf organizers

diy slide-out scarf, belt, and tie organizer in a bedroom closet
View Along The Way

They might have less fabric than any other piece of clothing, but the sheer length of belts, ties, and scarves can eat a lot of space.

Luckily, this slide-out DIY storage rack can store all three types of accessories in very little space. It’s especially perfect if you have a closet in which to build one.

40. Use bookshelves as a headboard.

master bedroom headboard bookcase in an apartment at east lake shore drive in chicago, illinois
Jessica Lagrange

While you don’t need a headboard, they’re a nice addition to any bedroom. They also can be whatever you want them to be, whether they’re wood pallets, artwork, or a bookshelf. If maximum storage space is your goal, we recommend the latter.

Opt for a platform bed and push it up against one or two shelves that you’ve already lined with books. This storage tip will kill two birds with one stone, and offers out-of- sight storage behind and below your mattress.

41. Add risers to your bed.

black adjustable bed risers with outlets and usb ports
Bed Bath & Beyond

Another easy and cheap bedroom storage trick is putting your bed on bed risers. These little pieces look like hooves and give your bed a boost.

Some, like the Studio 3B 4-Piece USB Bed Lift Set pictured above, even act as electric outlets and a USB charging station for your phone, laptop, and tablet.

Although bed risers are frequently seen in dorm rooms, they also work wonders in any bedroom that needs more storage space (like yours).

42. DIY a full-length mirror jewelry cabinet.

wall-mounted diy mirror jewelry cabinet in a bedroom
The Girl On The Go

Medicine cabinets are the perfect storage solutions for your bathroom, and the same goes for your bedroom. And since you need a nice full-length mirror for your room anyway, you might as well hack one into a mirror jewelry cabinet while you’re at it.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Attach hooks to your wall of choice.

Step 2: Hang whatever you want, such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and keys, on the hooks.

Step 3: Add hinges to a full-length mirror.

Step 4: Install the mirror on the wall so that when you close the mirror, it hides all your stuff.

43. Install tension rods in your bedroom nook and hang shoes on them.

tension rod shoe racks installed in a small bedroom nook
A Loyal Love

Tension rods are the simplest way to hang up curtains, and just about any other hangable lightweight item you can possibly imagine.

Use them to easily hang shoes, shirts, pants, holiday decorations, crafts, and more wherever you have two parallel walls.

44. Build a balancing bookshelf.

wall-mounted balance bookshelf by cush design studio on etsy
Etsy/Cush Design Studio

Sort of a mix of a floating shelf and a fruit basket, this nifty balancing bookshelf has an intriguing design with practical storage space.

You can buy the Balance Bookshelf pictured above, or build your own with some pipe, boards, and twine.

45. Sit on your storage.

dark brown ikea molger storage stool designed by richard clack
IKEA

Everybody has to sit, so why not store your stuff while you’re doing it?

The MOLGER storage stool from IKEA boasts a clean design that can store a lot of things inside, including old vinyl records. Whether you place it up against the wall or in front of your fold-down desk, this is a bedroom storage solution you’ll constantly love using.

46. Hide keys behind your artwork.

hidden key holder picture frame mounted on an entryway wall
Planq Studio

Similar to the full-length cabinet mirror, this DIY bedroom storage hack can keep your keys, cash, and other daily essentials artistically hidden against the wall.

All you have to do is screw tiny hooks into the wall and add hinges to the picture frame of your favorite artwork or photograph.

47. Mount magazine racks to the wall.

wall-mounted mail rack ikea hack made from knuff magazine files
Instructables/Kazmataz

Mail piles up. Those old New Yorkers keep waiting to be read. And there’s that form you know you need to hold on to for just a little while longer.

Instead of letting these stacks of paper smother your desk or dresser, hack IKEA KNUFF magazine files and a wooden board into a storage rack. Next, mount the storage rack to a wall and enjoy never having to clutter any desk, dresser, or counter space ever again.

Pro Tip: Use an app like Scannable to scan and digitally save papers to your phone. Then, recycle the paper, and while you’re at it, browse our list of awesome apps and services that will spring clean your entire apartment.

48. Stack cabinets.

wooden diy cabinet wall storage by eightytwo, interior design professionals from singapore
Qanvast/eightytwo

Stacking is the easiest DIY trick in the book, and you can buy a lot of long cabinets that arrive ready to stack. All you need to keep a storage solution like the one above in place are a few screws and a screwdriver.

If you decide to use flat cabinets and only stack a few, screwing them into the wall is optional since they’re already sturdy.

Either way, stacking cabinets give you a lot of accessible storage in your bedroom, and they can fit in more places than most dressers.

49. Install an (almost) invisible nightstand.

cheap space-saving nighstand ikea hack: mount a ribba picture ledge to your bedroom wall
Coulda Woulda Pica

Picture ledges are inexpensive, easy to install, and they can hold a lot more items than picture frames. So mount a picture ledge, such as IKEA’s MOSSLANDA or KNOPPÄNG, to the wall beside your bed. You’ll have a nearly invisible nightstand that takes up next-to-no space.

There’s room to store your phone, eyeglasses, clip-on lamp, and not much else. But really, what else do you need?

50. Add a window seat to your bedroom.

Real Simple 3-Cube Split-Top Bench Storage Unit as a bedroom reading nook
Bed Bath & Beyond

For anyone who loves to read, pick up a storage bench like the 3-Cube Split Top Bench Storage Unit and park it in front of your bedroom window.

In addition to giving you a lovely place to perch, the bench includes three cubbies and two under-seat compartments. Which is plenty of room for stashing all the novels you’ll be reading while basking/tanning in sunlight.

51. Store your boots in a vertical shoe rack.

diy dowel shoe rack storing boots in an apartment
Apartment Therapy

Everybody loves a pair of good boots, but nobody loves a good pair of boots that are now wrinkled because they were stored improperly. Fortunately, a vertical shoe rack can store shoes of any size and keep them wrinkle-free.

DIY the vertical shoe rack pictured above, buy a 3-pair boot organizer from Overstock, or hang them on Boot Hangers — one of professional organizer Anna Bauer’s favorite products for keeping your apartment organized.

52. Install shelves and cover them with sliding mirrors.

bedroom closet sliding mirror door and storage shelves
Furnish Burnish

Don’t have a closet?

Here’s how to live without a closet.

Don’t have a closet but want one?

Take a page out of YO! Home’s book, install some shelves, and cover them with sliding doors:

 

You’ll lose some floor space, but you’ll gain a ton of storage space.

Pro Tip: Install the entire DIY closet directly opposite a window and attach mirrors to the doors. The mirrors will reflect and fill your bedroom with sunlight, trick your eyes into thinking you have an extra window, and make your room feel bigger.

53. MakeSpace.

parachute home ceo ariel kaye's makespace bedroom storage bin
Parachute Home CEO Ariel Kaye uses MakeSpace as her pop-up bedroom

All of these bedroom storage hacks are wonderful. But don’t feel like you have to cram everything into one tiny room, which would only be counter-productive.

Sometimes the best storage hack is having someone else do all the work for you. That’s where MakeSpace comes in.

We’ll pick up everything (including your furniture), store it in our secure and temperature-controlled storage facility, and create an online photo catalog so you always remember what you have in storage.

The best part: When you need something back, we’ll deliver it to you.

Ready to store your stuff in the fastest and easiest way possible?

Schedule a MakeSpace pickup, pack your stuff, and leave the rest to us.

Pick a city to learn more about MakeSpace in your area:

New York City
Washington, DC
Chicago
LA

And while you’re at it, make your place even more spacious by learning these incredible storage hacks for other rooms in your home:

This article was written by David Michael McFarlane, a writer from Texas and Oregon who lives in New York and loves smart design and organization.

Rejoice: Here Are 15 Breathtaking Floating Shelves That You Don’t Have to DIY

When it comes to home storage solutions, floating shelves are about as good as it gets for three reasons:

  1. Floating shelves take up zero square feet.
  2. They allow natural light to flow freely through your apartment.
  3. They’re absolutely gorgeous.

But there’s just one problem:

So many wall shelves are DIY, and you don’t always have the free time to build them.

Sometimes, you just need a quick fix.

Below are 15 breathtaking floating shelves that are already cut and stained. Which means the only thing you actually have to do is mount them to your wall.

1. Bamboo Three-Tier Floating Shelves by Lipper International

bamboo 3-tier corner shelf by lipper international
Hold N Storage

Price: $16.69

Here’s a great kitchen storage hack: not having to build one. And the three-tier floating shelf by Lipper International is a prime example.

Made from sleek and sustainable bamboo, this 10” x 10” x 9.5” shelf fits nicely into a corner to keep your dishware safe and handy at all times.

2. SKOGSTA Wall Shelf by IKEA

SKOGSTA wall shelf by IKEA
IKEA

Price: $34.99

Hailing from SKOGSTA, one of IKEA’s newer lines, is one seriously beautiful natural wall shelf. Because its mounting is concealed, you can enjoy four feet of shelving that seems to emerge from your wall.

3. Cubist Wall Display floating shelf

cubist wall display floating shelf by umbra
Umbra

Price: $40

If your home office is looking to hire a CTO (as in, Chief Tiny Organizer), the cubist wall display from Erika Kovesdi is the #1 candidate.

This wire floating shelf is simple, affordable, and minimal, and will free up your desk space while looking sharp. And for only 10 bucks more, there’s a larger option that has space to store a tiny plant:

4. Fungi Shelf from Gridy

a gridy fungi floating shelf from lumens storing a white decorative vase
Lumens

Price: Starts at $54.95

These elegant little wall shelves blend into their surroundings like their natural inspiration:

Tree mushrooms.

Their slight curvature appeals to your eye, enhancing your decor while offering functional storage space that comes in small, medium, or large size.

For the full “fungus that grows horizontally on trees” effect, cluster and stagger five of these stunning shelves at various heights, like this:

gridy fungi floating shelves from lumens
Lumens

5. Marble Wall-Mounted Shelves from CB2

marble wall-mounted shelf from cb2
CB2

Price: $59.95

CB2 carries a nice selection of affordable wall-mounted shelves and this marble piece is definitely one of their prettiest.

Cut from solid rock, the wall shelf’s clean stone and brass brackets will add a touch of elegance to your kitchen, living room, or bathroom walls.

6. Rustic Pipe Floating Shelf

rustic pipe floating shelf by etsy shop mintagedesigns
Etsy/MintageDesigns

Price: $79

Sure, there’s a bunch of pipe floating shelves floating around on Pinterest that you can DIY. If you have the time.

Since you sometimes don’t, you can DIY nothing and order this prefab rustic industrial pipe shelf on Etsy instead.

Numerous sellers offer industrial floating shelves, but the one you see above is one of our favorites. Available in weathered grey, dark walnut, or ebony, this  36″ x 7.5″ x 2” floating shelf easily stores three feet of books and comes with zero buyer’s remorse.

7. Coffee and Tea Shelf from (del) Hutson Designs

Reclaimed wood coffee and tea wall shelf from (del)Hutson Designs
(del)Hutson Designs

Price: $105

If coffee or tea is among your deepest pleasures in life, we found your storage soulmate.

Its name: Coffee and Tea Shelf.

Its parent’s name: (del) Hutson Designs.

Handmade with reclaimed wood from pallets, fences, and barns, this floating shelf offers appropriately earthy storage for your appropriately earthy morning ritual.

And in the event that ritual includes DIY-ing creative storage solutions in your spare time, check out our list of cheap and easy wood pallet projects that will revitalize your home.

8. Wall Bar with Fold Down Shelf by BSEID

Wall bar with fold down shelf by BSEID
BSEID

Price: $110

By now you’re well aware that wall storage isn’t just for books, pottery, and keys. But did you know that wall storage can also function as a bar?

That’s right, this wall-mounted shelf/mini bar from BSEID offers storage space for your favorite spirits and a fold-down shelf where you can hone your speakeasy mixology skills.

Just install, stock, and release your raucous bacchus.

9. Laurel 3-Piece Wall Shelf by IMAX

laurel 3-piece wall shelf set by imax from allmodern
AllModern

Price: $143.99

Does your apartment crave a little splash of French Farmhouse decor?

Quench its thirst with these circular wall shelves that, despite what its manufacturer’s name might lead you to believe, do not transform into IMAX theaters.

They do, however, come in a set of three wall shelves and range from 16.25″ to 21.25″ in diameter, making them perfect hallway or kitchen storage solutions. Which is wonderful, especially if you’re looking for smart ways to save a ton of space in your kitchen.

10. Bloomingville House Shelf

bloomingville house wall shelves from scandinavian design center
Scandinavian Design Center

Price: $150

For a more playful design, consider the House Shelf from Denmark-based Bloomingville.

Sporting clean lines typical of Scandinavian design, these five house-shaped floating shelves stretch out over three feet. They offer unique and practical storage for tiny, happiness-increasing plants, trinkets, and toys.

11. LiliLite floating shelf

LiliLite, a wall-mounted shelf, lamp, and bookmark
LiliLite

Price: $142

While you’re shopping across the pond, consider LiliLite, a floating shelf that’s beautiful and one of the best book storage hacks we’ve ever seen.

If you love reading but don’t have room for a nightstand, add a LiliLite above your bed. Its zig-zag body offers storage space for your books while its built-in lamp illuminates the pages of the book you’re currently reading before bed.

 

 12. Curio Shadow Boxes by Sierra Living Concepts

modern shadow boxes wall shelves by sierra living concepts
Sierra Living Concepts

Price: $199

This solid Indian Rosewood wall shelf is as much a piece of art as it is a piece of practical storage. Billed as curio shadow boxes, these cubicles could store anything from mementos and makeup (here are 11 more beautifully easy ways to store makeup), to small plants and books.

Not sure what books should stay in your home?

Here’s how to decide what books to keep or get rid of.

13. Floating Mid-Century Cabinet from West Elm

wall-mounted mid-century cabinet from west elm
West Elm

Price: $249

What’s a cabinet but a set of shelves with walls, a ceiling, and doors?

While this beautiful cabinet from West Elm floats like the best of floating shelves, it adds a distinct mid-century style that few other pieces can invoke.

With three feet of storage above and below, and hanging hardware included, this cabinet arrives ready to create space.

14. Franklin Shelf from Tronk Design

franklin shelf corner shelves by tronk design
Tronk Design

Cost: $400

Made with love in the US, this little floating shelf was nominated for a design award for good reason:

It helps you MakeSpace for storage in the least-used, but perfectly usable, section of a room — the corner.

Tronk doesn’t sell their products themselves, but you can find a lot of their retail partners, like YLiving, by contacting Tronk.

15. Up on the Wall shelves from Bent Hansen

customizable up the wall shelves from bent hansen
Bent Hansen

Price: Contact Bent Hansen

Made from compact laminate, these white or black floating shelves from Bent Hansen can be as simple or complex as you’d like.

Sold in single units, these long (about 30”) or short (about 23”) shelves are sleek and inconspicuous. Yep, even if you mount them to your wall in a geometric Snake-like pattern.

 

Top image via ArchVisuals and Design Milk.

This article was written by David Michael McFarlane, a writer from Texas and Oregon who lives in New York and loves smart design and organization.

8 Space-Saving Coffee Tables For Your Small Living Room

The coffee table has crept its way into the common living room by masquerading itself as a boring obligatory item and transforming into a vital piece of furniture that singles and couples — young and old alike — take pleasure in buying.

Of course, its main use should always be for admiring a piping hot cup of coffee from afar while lounging on your space-saving couch in your small living room. But how do you know what’s the best coffee table for your small space?

You don’t. So here are eight coffee tables that are not only stylish, but also space-saving enough that they won’t step foot on your couch’s territory:

1. NORNÄS Coffee Table

NORNAS coffee table from IKEA.
IKEA

Price: $79.99
IKEA’s solid pine NORNÄS coffee table is the perfect coffee table for those of you who like to DIY 80% of the way.

What do we mean?

The box includes all the table’s pieces so while you don’t have to saw or sand any wood, you do have to assemble the table.

Also, the pieces come completely untreated, which means it’s basically a canvas that you can paint, stain, oil, cover in cup rings. Or leave as-is for a tastefully simple addition to your living room.

2. Cara Coffee Table

Cara Coffee Table from Joss & Main
Joss Main

Price: $217.95
Honestly, the Cara Coffee Table probably looks like something that people from the 19th century assumed coffee tables would look like in the future.

See the glass-paneled shelf in between the two storage compartments?

They put your mind at ease by providing a clear view of what you’ve stowed away so you never have another one of those “where are my keys?!” moments again.

Plus, at only 52 pounds, the Cara Coffee Table is a breeze to move.

3. Gallery Coffee Table

Gallery Coffee Table from Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters

Price: $269
This sleek ash veneer Gallery Coffee Table wears a glass top that you can easily take off  to store books, magazines, records, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

The tapered metal wire legs add a modern look. A modern look that’s strong enough to support your tired legs. Your tired legs that are tired from running through your significant other’s mind all day.

4. Tiered Circles Coffee Table

Tiered Circles Coffee Table from West Elm
West Elm

Price: $299
The Tiered Circles Coffee Table from West Elm runs on the more unusual side, but we all know there’s nothing wrong with that. Its three multi-level tiers give you the power to free your your living room from clutter while making a strong, World’s Fair Observation Towers statement.

Plus, the additional space that you save thanks to the coffee table’s small frame begs you to experiment with the new space around your couch. *Cough* bar cart.

5. Pavo Side Table

Pavo Side Table from Anthropologie
Anthropologie

Price: $398
What does this look like to you? If you said “a giant brass peacock,” then congratulations — you can still see clearly out of both your eyes.

While technically a side table, this thing is just too unique to pass up. Available in antiqued brass, copper, or silver with a simple glass top, passing on such a fun addition to your home would be a travesty. Because when else will you get to hear the question: Hey, is it cool if I put my coffee on your peac- nevermind.

6. Hokku Designs Breean Coffee Table

White Breean Coffee Table from Hokku Designs
Wayfair

Price: $398.99
Believe it or not, Hokku Designs’ sleek white Breean Coffee Table is only 72 pounds, yet it carries some extra weight with all the amount of style that comes along with it.

It’s functional in the sense that there’s plenty of additional storage space for whatever you desire to store on its top shelf or inside its side cubby. Just be sure to throw some coasters on top of the coffee table to avoid the dreaded plague of cup rings.

7. Antique Brass Storage Coffee Table

Storage Coffee Table from West Elm
West Elm

Price: $599
They call this Storage Coffee Table the “secret stasher” as its top lifts open like a drop top, creating a desk with a belly that stores your “secret” stash.

Not only can this wooden coffee table store big items like pillows, blankets, books, and toys, but it can also add class and elegance to your home with its beautiful walnut-stained color and brass-finished steel legs.

8. 8-bit Retro Gaming Table

8-bit Retro Gaming Table from Bohemian Workbench on Etsy
Etsy/BohemianWorkbench

Price: $5,000

This wooden 8-bit Retro Gaming Table doesn’t just look like a giant NES controller, it is a giant NES controller. Need we say more?

Ok, we’ll say more. Don’t forget to remove the glass top before pressing up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Select, Start.

Top image via West Elm.

This article was written by Charles Adams, a Connecticut-born writer who currently resides in Brooklyn and has written for a multitude of men’s interests sites under a number of pseudonyms.