Category Archives: Space Savers

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.

A photo posted by MakeSpace (@makespace) on

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:

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

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

42 Bathroom Storage Hacks That Will Help You Get Ready So Much Faster

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.

42 Bathroom Storage Hacks And Solutions That Will Make Getting Ready So Much Easier

Regardless of your bathroom’s size, you’d probably love to have an even bigger bathroom without paying for costly remodeling. Here to help you do that are these 42 brilliant bathroom storage hacks and solutions.

Try them out, and watch your bathroom transform into a spacious spa where everything is neatly organized and within arm’s reach.

If you’ve been hanging on to any old doorknobs, candlesticks, bottle caps, or tissue boxes, now’s the time to bust them out.

1. Build storage shelves into the space between studs

Built-in bathroom wall storage shelves are storing shampoo, conditioner, perfume, bar soap, a handheld mirror, and face towels.
Donna DuFresne Interior Design

Fun fact: The space between wall studs is 16 inches, on average. You’re free to do whatever you please with those extra inches, but the best thing you could do is build a small recessed cabinet for bonus bathroom storage.

Want more awesome built-in storage ideas?

Check out this roundup from Apartment Therapy.

2. Hang baskets on the wall

bathroom wall-mounted wire baskets storing toilet paper, toiletries, and towels
A Beautiful Mess

As A Beautiful Mess discovered through this DIY project, wire baskets don’t have to sit on your floors or in your closets. In fact, they can make pretty excellent floating shelves for toilet paper and towels.

You just need a few screws, drywall anchors, and washers to anchor them in place. Oh, and a drill would also probably help.

3. Or hang a “wall of baskets”

wall of a black baskets used for toiletry and towel storage
Simply DIY 2

“Wall of baskets” sounds like a project that could eat up your afternoon, but this Simply DIY 2 idea is actually quite easy.

First, hang two parallel towel bars. Next, cut some ribbon and thread it through your baskets, tying them to the secured bars.

Finally, take whatever bathroom supplies are crowding your cabinets and store them in your four new mini storage units.

4. Rope together a tower of buckets

hanging ikea fintorp utensil storing a hair straightener, beauty products, makeup brushes, and hair brushes
Glamour

This bathroom storage hack comes from Glamour, so the buckets in question are actually some pretty pastel IKEA FINTORP utensil holders. Once you’ve acquired those, just knot an all-purpose clothesline on the sides so there’s about eight inches between each bucket.

Double-knot the clothesline when you get to the last bucket and cut off the excess portion. Then, hang the finished bathroom storage solution from a simple hook on your wall or door, and toss in your hair straightener, hairspray, makeup brushes, hair brushes, and other beauty supplies.

5. DIY a hair tool organizer

diy hair tool organizer storing a hair dryer, curling iron, curling wand, and hair straightener
Nellie Bellie

As you already know from our guide to decluttering your bathroom, file organizers and PVC pipes can make excellent hair straightener holsters.

Janel from Nellie Bellie has another great solution for excessive hair tools with her DIY hair tool organizer. It’s essentially a vertical wood plank with aluminum slots, but you also get to customize this one with brightly colored duct tape.

 

6. Invest in a wrap-around shelf for your pedestal sink

wooden weatherby bathroom pedestal sink storing bathroom cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and other toiletries
Improvements

Pedestal sinks look super sophisticated, but they barely have enough space to stash a bar of soap. To help your sink live up to its full potential, pick up a curved organizer like this tiered rolling organizer from Bed, Bath & Beyond or this custom-cut cabinet from Improvements.

7. Or dress your pedestal sink in a skirt, and hide baskets behind it

skirted pedestal sink used for hidden storage in a bathroom
One Kings Lane/Megan Pflug

On the more DIY side, you could sew a skirt that matches your bathroom color scheme, attach it to your pedestal sink, and then stow a few storage bins underneath, where no one will ever see them.

8. Stick organizers to the inside of your medicine cabinet

stickonpods medicine cabinet organizers storing makeup products, eye pencils, nail polish, tooth brushes, q-tips, a nail clipper, and more
Plitt Original Design Systems

For about $11, you can snap up a 3-pack of StickOnPods, which are small adhesive organizers designed to store Q-tips, nail polish, and more.

Attach the StickOnPods to your medicine cabinet door, and watch your bathroom storage space instantly increase while keeping your cosmetics neat and organized.

9. Convert bottle caps into toothbrush holders

four bathroom wall-mounted diy toothbrush holders made from bottle caps
Ohoh Blog

Before you take out your recycling, save a 20L plastic bottle cap. Because once you’ve made a small notch in the cap with a boxcutter and slapped some velcro on its back, you have a new home for your toothbrush.

Hop over to Ohoh Blog for the full instructions.

10. Install an IKEA picture ledge above your sink

easy bathroom storage hack made from an ikea mosslanda picture ledge
Yasam Stil

As HouseBeautiful notes, a slender picture ledge from IKEA can hold more than framed photos. Add one right between your bathroom mirror and sink, and rest your favorite perfume or cologne, hand soap and lotion, scented candle, and hair products on top.

It appears that this bathroom storage hack’s creator, Yasam Stil, went with IKEA’s  MOSSLANDA, but feel free to shop the store’s entire picture ledge collection.

11. Install a divided box above your sink

wooden divided box mounted above a sink and storing various bathroom, grooming, and hygiene supplies
Itsy Bits and Pieces

If the picture ledge is too slim for your bathroom storage needs, take a cue from Itsy Bits and Pieces and spring for a more substantial slotted box.

12. Make a magnetic makeup storage board

magnetic makeup storage board
Allie Grace

Cosmetics can easily dominate your entire medicine cabinet. But thanks to these instructions from Allie Grace, you can easily dominate DIY-ing a magnetic makeup storage board with just an old picture frame, a metal sheet, fabric of your choice, and a few other common supplies that you probably already have at home.

13. Install a second shower rod in your shower

shower rod used to store shampoo, conditioner, a shaving razor, comb, back scrubber, sponge, and loofah
Pinterest/Good Housekeeping

Don’t have any ledge space for shampoo?

By installing another tension rod inside your shower and then adding hooks, you’ve suddenly got storage space for loofahs, caddies, and even shower caps.

14. Build a recessed shelf in your shower wall

recessed shower storage shelf storing body wash
Apartment Therapy

Provided you’re not afraid to get down with a circular saw, carving out a recessed shelf in your shower for storing soap and other toiletries is a very attainable goal. Here’s a handy visual guide from Apartment Therapy.

15. Suction cup shaving cream, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner to your shower wall

diy shower storage hacks made from suction cups and hair ties are storing body wash, hair products, and gillette shaving cream
Dollar Store Crafts

Out of all the DIY bathroom hacks on this list, this one may be the cheapest and easiest. All you have to do is:

1. Lace hair ties through and around suction cups.

2. Stick the suction cups on your shower’s wall.

3. Slip your shaving cream, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner through the hair ties.

Clearly, it’s called a “dollar store craft” for a reason.

16. DIY a razor holster and attach it to your shower caddy

diy razor holster made from pvc pips and zip ties strapped to a shower caddy
Pinterest/The Family Handyman

Don’t you just hate it when your razor slips off your shower caddy, lies on the floor, and endangers your feet?

Here’s how to give  your razor a designated and safe storage spot:

1. Cut a piece of 1-inch-diameter PVC pipe into a 3-inch long piece.

2. Cut two ⅛-inch wide notches into the pipe.

3. Strap the pipe to your shower caddy’s side by fastening plastic tie straps around the pipe’s notches.

17. Store bath toys in a hollowed-out step stool

green diy kids stool with built-in bath toy storage
Built by Kids

Parents, this one’s for you: Timothy and Laura Dahl of Built by Kids came up with an ingenious step stool that not only helps your toddlers reach the sink, but it also serves as a roosting place for their rubber duckies, ships, and more.

Follow these simple steps to build your own bathroom storage booster.

18. Store shower and beauty products on a cake stand

cake stand on top of a bathtub and storing loofahs, nivea in-shower body lotion, a scrubber, and soap
Cosmopolitan

Has your cake stand been collecting dust because you only bake cakes a few times a year?

Repurpose it into a stylish storage stand for your shower accessories or the hair products you’ve got lying around your sink, just like Cosmopolitan did here.

19. Or DIY your own bathroom supply storage stand

diy bathroom supply storage stand built from a candlestick and two plates
My Unique Home

Don’t actually own a cake stand?

You can quickly DIY one using two plates and a candlestick.

20. Install multiple towel racks on the back of your bathroom door

martha stewart's towel bar trio mounted on the back of a bathroom door
Martha Stewart

Some people tap out after hanging one towel rack over their door, or sticking up two hooks. But what happens if you need to hang, say, at least five towels?

Be like Martha Stewart, who maximizes storage space on a bathroom door with a towel bar trio.

21. Upcycle an old drawer into a wall-mounted mini storage unit

an upcycled old drawer as a bathroom wall-mounted mini storage unit
Nesting Place

A drawer from a discarded dresser can be an ideal shelving unit for your bathroom. Clean it up and pretty soon, it could be looking like this Pinterest perfect example.

Free Bonus: 10 Things In Your Bathroom You’re Probably Forgetting To Clean (But Totally Should)

22. DIY a full-length mirror medicine cabinet

a wooden diy bathroom storage cabinet is storing listerine, rubbing alcohol, nail polish, clorox wipes, curling irons, aveeno lotion, and more
Shanty 2 Chic

If your medicine cabinet just isn’t working for you, no matter how many StickOnPods you use, consider upgrading to this tall (but slim!) mirror storage case from Shanty 2 Chic.

It gives you a full-length mirror (which will save you time getting ready in the morning since you don’t have to run back to your bedroom to check your entire outfit) plus a ton of storage shelves.

And with the right wood stain, it looks catalog-ready.

23. Store your body wash, face scrub, shampoo, conditioner, and more like shoes

a shower pocket organizer is hanging on a shower rod and storing a shaving razor, face scrub, dove body wash, and a comb, hair brush, loofah, and more
Camping World

Have a ton of bath products that, despite you already knowing how to organize everything in your apartment, can’t seem to find a home?

Solve that by hanging a plastic shoe organizer on the inside of your shower curtain.

If the traditional 24 pockets seems a bit much, you can find a smaller organizer with just six pockets from Camping World.

24. Make a space-saving towel rack out of rope

a space-saving bathroom towel rack made from three eye bolts and rope
On My Honor

Some towel racks take up too much real estate in your bathroom. But definitely not this one.

Using just three eye bolts and a rope, On My Honor created this space-saving towel rack that lays almost completely flat against the wall while giving your bathroom a nice rugged look.

25. Or use an old wine rack to store towels

a wine rack repurposed to store four white towels
Homedit

You’ll have to roll your towels for this bathroom storage idea to work, but wine racks can be great homes for your washcloths, hand towels, and even full-size towels.

26. Or mount retro doorknobs to the wall and hang towels on them

four wall-mounted door knobs, one of which is hanging a white towel
Not Just A Housewife

Doorknobs are like hooks, but with way more character.

27. Or upcycle tin cans into towel storage cubbies

bathroom storage hack: six wall-mounted and decorated tin cans storing six towels
DIY Enthusiasts

If you really want to get crafty, this DIY Enthusiasts guide shows you how to transform old tin cans into a pretty floral towel rack.

28. OR repurpose wooden hangers into towel hooks

a creative bathroom storage hack is wall-mounted upside down hangers storing two body towels and two face towels
Ki Nassauer Style

This bathroom storage hack is so genius yet obvious that you’ll be mad Ki Nassauer beat you to the punch. For this towel rack, you’ll need two wooden hangers and two dowels.

First, anchor the dowels to the wall. Then, screw the hangers  — make sure they’re upside down — into the dowels and you’re all set.

You can now hang your big towels from the hangers’ inverted hooks and your hand towels from the hangers’ flat bases at the top. Genius? Genius.

29. Introduce your bathroom counter to a Lazy Susan

cosmetic organizing carousel by nifty home products
InfoBarrel

Provided you have enough counter space for it, a Lazy Susan is a great place to store the grooming products you use everyday. And since they’re all together on one revolving stand, you just got back the time you sometimes waste in the morning rifling through your cabinets.

For even more counter space-spacing power, pick up a Cosmetic Organizing Carousel from Nifty Home Products. It’s like a Lazy Susan on steroids but without the dangerous side effects.

 

30. Put an expandable organizer under your sink

expandable undersink organizer from container store
Container Store

Thanks to its sliding shelves, a two-tiered organizer like this one from the Container Store fits easily around your pipes, and it gives you an extra adjustable shelf to store your bathroom cleaning supplies and sponges.

31. DIY corner shelves and put them in, yep, a corner

small shutters turned into bathroom sink corner shelves
Pinterest/Refurbished Ideas

They may be small, but corner shelves can go a long way in a cramped bathroom. For added flair, think about repurposing old shutters. (Pinterest has some pointers on that.)

32. Craft a plush storage box from an old sweater and an old box

diy storage box created by outfitting an old diaper box in a sweater
Thrifty & Chic

Thrifty & Chic lives up to its name with this DIY storage box. It’s recycled from an empty diaper box, old sweater, and a bit of lace and rope.

33. Build enclosed shelves and install them behind your sink or vanity cabinet’s door

enclosed cabinet door storage shelves
Remodelaholic

This step-by-step guide from Remodelaholic shows you how to build enclosed shelves that screw into the inside of your sink cabinet or bathroom vanity cabinet.

34. Buy a strategically skinny bathroom floor cabinet

a slim white proman free-standing cabinet is next to a wall and storing various bathroom supplies
Wayfair

If you’re forced to shop for a slender cabinet due to size constraints, be smart about it.

Look for one with shelves that give you a deceptive amount of storage space, and maybe even a secret compartment on top.

Our top pick: the 22.75” x 6.25” free standing cabinet by Proman Products.

a white proman free-standing cabinet is storing a hair brush and a braun electric razor
Wayfair
free-standing cabinet's top hidden storage space is storing walgreens prescription bottles, a bandaid can, wrapped bandaids, and a tylenol box
Wayfair

35. Fit shelves over your porcelain throne

two wooden diy floating shelves installed above a toilet in a bathroom
Desert Domicile

Beautiful storage space is a terrible thing to waste, especially if it’s right above your commode.

Luckily, there are plenty of storage solutions out there, ranging from the No Tools Bathroom Space Saver and free-standing wooden cabinets to floating wooden shelves and pipe shelving that you can easily DIY or buy.

36. Wedge a small table over your TP holder

a small end table placed above a toilet paper roll is a cool bathroom storage hack
Southern Hospitality

While redecorating an outdated bathroom, Southern Hospitality discovered that the right end table can also slide over the top of your TP holder and provide extra counter space for a small happiness-increasing houseplant.

Not sure what houseplant is right for you?

Check out our guide for choosing the best houseplants and planters for your apartment.

37. Store your plastic bags in a tissue box

repurpose an old tissue box into a plastic bag storage solution
Trusper/Laura

This is one the best bathroom organization hacks for anyone who saves plastic bags and uses them to line his/her trash can.

Rather than let the bags scatter and overtake the space under your sink, bunch them all up into a recycled tissue box. Doing so not only keeps them organized, but it also dispenses a new bag one at a time.

Bonus points for attaching it to the inside of your bathroom cabinet, like how Melissa George from Polished Habitat did with one of her kitchen cabinets:

a cabinet door-mounted tissue box is perfect for storing leftover plastic shopping bags
Polished Habitat

38. Store backup TP in a revamped oatmeal canister

a decorated oatmeal cannister used for toilet paper storage
Practically Functional

It’s probably safe to say that you don’t want the Quaker Oats guy staring at you while you’re in the bathroom.

However, with a few handy tips from Practically Functional, you can upcycle an old oatmeal canister into a colorful TP container that you can tuck into a corner or on top of your John’s tank for fast access.

39. Suspend extra rolls with a fabric holder

a three-toilet-paper-roll storage solution made from fabric
Make It & Love It

The first advantage to this fabric Make It & Love It TP roll holder? It hangs extra rolls that would otherwise claim cabinet or basket space against your bathroom wall.

The second advantage? It places those rolls right under the existing one for quick and easy switches.

40. Store magazines on a hanger

a hanger as a newspaper and magazine holder is one of many easy bathroom storage hacks
Better Homes and Gardens

If you’re into the “old school newspaper rack” style, layer your magazines and other preferred bathroom literature on a hanger and place it on the most convenient knob of your bathroom cabinet.

41. Store stuff in the sides of your tub

a white stowaway bath tub with built-in storage
Cool Things

A couple years ago, this revolutionary bathtub with opening panels set the Internet on fire.

Unfortunately, the so-called Stowaway isn’t for sale, but if you’re feeling incredibly ambitious, you can try adjusting your bath panels yourself. Maybe just consult your plumber or YO Home!’s designer first.

42. MakeSpace

Let’s be real: The best bathroom storage hack is having someone else do all the work for you.

So schedule a MakeSpace pickup, pack the stuff that you no longer want eating space in your home, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Seriously. We’ll pick up your stuff, store it in our secure storage facility, and create an online photo catalog of everything so you always know what you have in storage. And when you need something back, we’ll deliver it to you.

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

Chicago
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And while you’re at it, make your place even more spacious by learning these stellar storage hacks for every room in your home:

53 Insanely Clever Bedroom Storage Hacks And Solutions

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

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

Top image via Flickr/GranitArchitects

9 Seriously Stylish Space-Saving Sofas And Couches That Will Actually Fit In Your Apartment

You already know about space-saving vinyl record storage, book storage, bike storage, shoe storage, billiards, and even storage beds. But what about the other essential piece of furniture that you plop onto after a long day at work — your couch?

Sure, any couch or sofa could technically fit in your apartment if you had the NY Couch Doctor disassemble it before carrying it through your door. However, nothing makes a small apartment look smaller like a ginormous piece of furniture that devours most of your living room.

The couch you purchase can make or break the comfort, aesthetics, and feng shui of your apartment. So rather than lugging your old sofa from your parents’ house (here’s the best way to move from a house to a tiny apartment), or trying to find a cheap futon on Craigslist, choose a piece that conforms to your space and your taste.

Measure your living room, plan out the living areas, and then invest in any one of these stylish space-saving sofas or couches that will actually fit in your apartment:

Traditional: The Lloyd Loveseat

A persimmon Lloyd Loveseat from Eurway is one of the best couches for small spaces.
Eurway

Price: $1,349
Tiny apartments aren’t the most accommodating for a dinner and/or cocktail party, and so you probably don’t need a traditional three-seat sofa. If your couch is mainly for you and your S.O., you and your roommate, or you and your Hinge date,  a loveseat is your best bet.

Because it’s shorter narrower, and lighter than a traditional sofa, a loveseat is one of the best couches for small apartments. Especially if you live in a walk-up and don’t want to break your back trying to finagle a 350-pound sofa into your 5th-floor home.And though loveseats were originally made to pair with larger, traditional sofas, their condensed size makes them appear tailor-made for a studio.

The Lloyd Loveseat pictured above is made in the US and available in 18 colors, so you’re bound to find one that melds with your apartment style or palette. Additionally, the backrest is only 2 feet 8 inches tall, so it’ll obstruct less natural light and fit evenly with the base of your bed for example.

If the Lloyd Loveseat’s $1,349 price tag is a bit too hefty, fret not. There’s always IKEA, which makes loveseat versions of almost all of their sofas.

Sectional: The Hamilton from West Elm

A Hamilton upholstered chaise sectional from West Elm is one of the best sofas for small spaces.
West Elm

Price: $1,868
Okay say you do want to entertain at least four guests in your apartment, and you just so happen to have an empty corner. What should you do?

Easy. Put  a sectional in that corner. Thanks to its L-shape, not only will a sectional squeeze perfectly in that space, but it’ll also sit four people (or more if you’re cuddly) in the length usually required to sit three.

With a backrest height of 2 feet 7.5 inches, the Hamilton from West Elm sits low like the loveseat above while its narrow arms limit its length to 6 feet 11 inches.

Want the chaise to be on the right side instead of on the left as pictured above?

No problem. West Elm offers both options.

If you’re okay with shelling out $1,868 for a sectional, by all means purchase the Hamilton. If you’re not, head to IKEA and pick up a comfy, chic, and modular SÖDERHAMN sofa and chaise:

A modular Isefall natural SÖDERHAMN sofa and chaise from IKEA.
IKEA

Or check out the $758 Soho Flat Flex sectional:

A white Soho Flat Flex Sectional from Sleek Modern Furniture.
Sleek Modern Furniture

Like the Hamilton, the Soho Flat Flex sectional comes in a left or right hand option with a chaise. Unlike the Hamilton, it’s also available as a sofa with a free-floating ottoman that won’t cost you one month’s rest.

Less conventional: The chaise lounge

If you don’t have the space in your living room for a full sectional, pick up a space-saving chaise lounge chair.
We Are Change Atlanta

If you don’t have the space or the need for a full sectional, consider its defining feature: the chaise lounge.

While technically not a sofa, these therapist couches accomplish the same basic functions. Plus, because they lack a full back cushion, they meld into smaller surroundings easier, and can adapt to your existing décor.

You can find a chaise lounge in any style, and from just about every era if antiques and period pieces are your bag. Want a Victorian flair in your apartment? There’s a chaise for that, though it might be called a “fainting couch.”

You can also buy a mid-century modern chaise, or one that is just modern.

Chaises can be inconspicuous, like the $639 Patterson from Armen Living:

A Patterson Chaise by Armen Living.
Inmod

Or they can be coconut-esque conversation pieces like the $4,600 Ichiban Slide:

An Ichiban Slide chaise lounge from Inmod.
Inmod

But let’s be real, who has that kind of spare change?

Check out these other stylish chaise lounges, which start in the low $200s.

Multi-functional: The Istikbal Kubo

A rainbow orange sectional with storage by Istikbal Kubo.
Istikbal

Price: $759
In case you didn’t already know, we love furniture that serves multiple purposes, and the rainbow orange Kubo is no exception.

Kubo comes from the Turkish furniture maker Istikbal, and while it’s a little wide (7 feet 6.5 inches) for a small apartment , it has tons of storage space hidden underneath its cushions where you can stash anything you want.

Of course, Kubo isn’t the only couch with storage out there. Home Reserve builds narrower loveseats with built-in storage, and Overstock carries some inexpensive options too.

If you really want a bright orange multi-purpose sofa, though, another option is the Doc sofa bunk bed. It transforms from, yep, a sofa into, yep, a bunk bed, in less than 30 seconds:

A closed Doc Sofa Bunk Bed.
Bonbon
A transforming Doc Sofa Bunk Bed.
Bonbon
An open Doc Sofa Bunk Bed.
Bonbon

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 Cheap And Easy Wood Pallet Projects That Will Revitalize Your Home In No Time

It’s easy to look at a pile of wood pallets on the curb and dismiss it as nothing more than trash. Many people do.

But you’re not many people. Where others see garbage, you see great DIY opportunity.

You loved the wooden pallet coffee table, wine storage rack, and shipping pallet swing so much that we decided to bring you some more.

From book storage and shoe storage, to a simple bike rack and art, here are eight cheap and easy wood pallet projects that will revitalize your home and class-up your life:

1. Wood Pallet Walkway

A wood pallet walkway is one of the cheapest and easiest DIY projects out there.
Funky Junk Interiors

A wood pallet walkway almost seems too obvious and requires very little work. This project involves a whole lot of dirt and an enormous vehicle to move said dirt, but building the walkway is actually dead simple.

Step 1: Pour the dirt on the ground.

Step 2: Remove the pallet’s boards and place them on top of the dirt.

Step 3: File this one under “I wish I thought of that one.”

2. Wood Pallet Couch Arm

A stylish couch arm made from oak, pine, Tasmanian oak, stained wood, and stained pine.
Etsy/TimberWolfDesign

Whoever invented the couch must’ve had it out for the person who invented coffee.

How so?

Well, it’s difficult to balance a mug full of coffee on the arm of your couch without the threat of the mug falling and burning some very important parts of your body.

Unless of course, you build a couch arm like the one pictured above. It’s made from reclaimed wood and fastened via box joints and square cut outs for a minimalistic feel.

3. Wood Pallet Bookshelf

A reclaimed wood pallet bookshelf stores assorted children's books, backpacks, and a baseball hat.
Where The Smiles Have Been

This wood pallet project requires a little elbow grease, but we’re human and have an unlimited supply of the stuff.

After a bit of deconstruction, which involves sawing the wooden pallet, sanding it down, staining it, and attaching knobs, you’ll have a bookshelf that you can hang anywhere in your home.

It’s perfect for that rustic look. Or for anyone who eventually wants to live in a cabin in the middle of Maine.

4. Wood Pallet Bike Rack

Lean two wooden shipping pallets against each other and voila, you have a new cheap bike rack.
Instructables/maudlin

This is hands down the laziest, albeit totally brilliant, way to make something new with two old wooden pallets. Instructables member maudlin didn’t even do any actual building to create this bike rack.

All he did was literally lean one wooden pallet against another. Boom. Just like that, a bike rack was made.

Just make sure that the pallet with thinner boards is the upright pallet, as the narrower slots will firmly grip your bike’s wheels.

5. Wood Pallet Cat House

Cats have it too good these days, so we’re really doing them a favor by providing them with another piece of property they can assert their ownership over.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 wooden pallet
  • Plywood
  • Carpet
  • 5-gallon bucket,
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Sisal ropeDrill
  • Hammer
  • Jig saw
  • Sanders
  • Sandpaper
  • Planer
  • Staple gun
  • Sharp knife

Here’s what you don’t need:

Any guesswork because the video below explains how to easily make a house for your cute and cuddly kitty.

 

6. Wood Pallet American Flag Art

All you need is red, white, and blue paint to make this wood pallet American flag that doubles as art.
1001 Pallets/neokentin

Like the pallet bike rack, the wood pallet American flag requires no building, hammering, cutting, or screwing of any kind — just some paint.

Find a pallet that won’t overwhelm your apartment with its size — after some sanding and cleaning, you can paint anything you’d like. Then … well, that’s kind of it.

1001 Pallets suggests going for the patriotic vibe with an American flag, but there’s no pressure. Trying to paint 50 perfect stars that do our beautiful country justice is no easy feat.

7. Wood Pallet Shoe Rack

A shoe rack made from two used wood pallets is an easy way to store shoes, slippers, sandals, boots, and more.
1001 Pallets/Justdive

Brilliant, right? This wood pallet shoe rack gives you something to do while calming all the anxiety you feel when your brand new rug gets tracked with mud.

This project only requires two and a half wooden pallets. And it’ll even fit in that tiny space between your front door’s hinges and your wall. Which is really the place it should be to inspire the removal of shoes.

Is the above shoe rack a bit too big for your entryway?

Here’s a smaller option that has three levels for organizing nine pairs of shoes, slippers, and boots:

A small wood pallet shoe rack easily stores nine pairs of shoes, slippers, and boots.
Palletables UK

8. Wood Pallet Bathroom Cabinet

A DIY medicine cabinet with mirrors made from upcycled wood pallets stores assorted toiletries, makeup, and grooming, cleaning, and bathing supplies.
Pallet Projects

This wood pallet cabinet might not keep people from snooping through your things while they use your decluttered bathroom, but it’ll at least give them something to be impressed with in the event Instagram is down. Which happens never.

It almost looks like the door to a tiny barn. Except this barn sports a mirror and houses gels and cotton balls instead of goats and cows.

As for the magnificent industrial coffee table with storage space and hairpin legs that resemble SNAPs, hop over to Homedit for the full instructions.

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.

Vinyl Record Storage: 9 Incredibly Stylish And Fun Solutions

If you feel like you’ve sacrificed your sanity by living in a small apartment, you’ll be pleased to know you can quell that feeling by adding a few classy things to your home.

If you don’t have a record player — the classiest of classy things — here are eight dope space-saving vinyl record players for you to choose from.

Naturally, you’re also going to need vinyl records to go along with your new vinyl record player.

But how are you going to fit a big record collection in your tiny apartment?

By storing them in any of these nine stylish vinyl record storage solutions that will bring a huge smile to your face, and to your place:

1. Dovetail Record Crate

dovetail vinyl record storage crate
Symbol Audio

Price: $225

With a cool minimalistic feel, the Dovetail Record Crate is a handsome solution to the problem of an overflowing record collection.

For starters, it stores up to 100 LPs in a solid walnut or white oak crate.

It’s also hand-crafted with leather handles and brass fasteners that’ll ensure you won’t drop it while moving this beautiful crate from surface to surface.

Ugh, what a beauty. Definitely worth the $225 price tag.

2. Vintage Vinyl Record Storage Case

vintage vinyl record storage case in green faux leather
Etsy/VintageBreda

Price: $25.25

If you want to go the opposite direction from the hand-crafted wooden record crate, you can spend only $25 on a green faux-leather Vintage Vinyl Record Storage Case.

With the ability to store up to 20 records, this funky attaché-esque record storage case looks like it was left behind in the temporary hotel room of a double agent. Perfect for those of you who want their record cases to reflect the dynamic collection of their vinyl.

3. Horizontal A-Z Record Dividers

vinyl record dividers by kate koeppel design
Kate Koeppel

Price: $320

There’s no problem with yearning for organization when putting away your records. In fact, these Horizontal A-Z Record Dividers give you the order you’re looking for.

How so?

The record dividers let you easily store your albums horizontally on a bookshelf, and its stenciled letters ensure that you don’t throw yourself into a tizzy every time you look for a record by ZZ Top.

4. MOLGER Storage Stool

ikea molger storage stool can be used to store vinyl records
IKEA

Price: $39.99

It seems as though IKEA is just a never ending wealth of storage ideas that always churns up something new with each click.

Take the solid birch MOLGER Storage stool for example. It’s a $39.99 investment that although is touted as a place to store your linens and towels, can actually double as a killer record storage unit.

Plus, the extra real estate on top of the MOLGER Storage stool gives you a side table. A side table on which you can immediately put down your drink for when the urge to dance gets too strong.

5. Atocha Design Record Stand

An Atocha Design Record Stand that has a walnut base with solid American maple legs painted orangey-red.
Atocha Design

Price: $1,275

How could anyone in their right mind resist putting their awesome collection of LPs on display, especially when supported by vibrant orange-red legs?

Handcrafted in New York, this walnut and American maple record stand showcases up to 300 LPs on its shelves. But that’s not all. It also has a groove in its top ledge that serves as a clever “Now Playing” display when you put the record stand against a wall.

Take a look:

The Atocha Design Record Stand has a groove in its top ledge that serves as a "Now Playing" display.
Atocha Design

6. Hand Built Wood LP Storage Crate

each dark walnut lp crate can store up to 100 vinyl records
Etsy/recirclematter

Price: $35 or $65 for two

If you can’t find one of these bad boys from an antique shop, it’s definitely worth throwing down $35 (or $65 for two) to get your hands on this wooden LP storage crate.

No bells and whistles, just a really classic and cool way to store your records. Each crate can store around 75 to 100 LPs, and is just over a foot wide, which is small enough to remain inconspicuous in a small space.

7. Draper Media Console

mid-century modern draper media console stores vinyl records, a turntable, and a marshall speaker
Urban Outfitters

Price: $279

Let’s say you’re tired of going small. So, let’s go big. The appropriately named Draper Media Console is a mid-century inspired unit with a sliding board that lets you store your records out of sight for a cleaner look.

A hinged top gives you a space to put your record player, while the shelf to the right is perfect for storing books, magazines, or a speaker. The Draper Media Console really does look like something you’d find in Don Draper’s apartment.

8. DIY Floating Vinyl Record Shelves

diy vinyl record floating shelves made from ikea ribba picture ledges
Redbubble/Matt Simner

The best floorspace-saving vinyl record storage solution is one that takes up no floorspace at all.

Case in point: the above floating vinyl record shelves that you can easily DIY using IKEA RIBBA picture ledges like Matt Simner.

But before you head to IKEA, know that they discontinued their RIBBA picture ledges. You can, however, still find them on Amazon.

Or use MOSSLANDA or KNOPPÄNG pictures ledges, both of which IKEA currently sells.

9. IKEA KALLAX Shelving Unit

A photo posted by Adam Laver (@adamlaver) on

Price: $64.99

KALLAX sounds like evil thorny aliens from Star Trek, but don’t let that scare you away from putting this shelving unit in your apartment.

Giving you the freedom to show off books and trinkets alongside your records, this simple vinyl record storage solution lets you easily store your entire record collection in your apartment — without sacrificing too much horizontal space. Which is great because you’re going to need that space for when you build a majestic blanket fort to combat cabin fever.

Oh, and if you’re wondering where to get the marvelous stackable vinyl record storage cubes pictured at the top of this article, check out Simple Wood Goods.

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.

11 Gorgeous And Powerful Speakers That Save You A Ton Of Space

Thank the lord of sound that we live in an era where big music can come from small speakers. Long gone are the days when you have to spend thousands of dollars for speakers that would take up an entire room and make your eardrums and face explode like the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Thankfully, we’ve got brands like Ultimate Ears and House of Marley absolutely killing it in the speaker game. While showing the world how to throw a dance party with something that’s literally the size of a personal pizza.

We showed you the best vinyl record players that save you a ton of space. Now here are the best small speakers that save you a ton of space, too:

1. NXT Walnut Bluetooth Portable Speaker

A small bamboo NXT Walnut Bluetooth Portable Speaker with a strong rubber bottom for stability
Symphonized

Price: $49.99

We get it, you have no space to fit anything else, and even the thought of another gadget makes you want to tear your hair out.

Don’t.

Instead, check out the fun-sized NXT Walnut Bluetooth Portable Speaker. It’s expertly crafted from bamboo to produce a pure sound.

Worried you’ll knock this little guy over?

You won’t. Its feet are made of strong rubber that grips your table.

Connect to the NXT Walnut Bluetooth Portable Speaker via, yep, Bluetooth, or do it the old-fashioned way with an AUX cord.

Either way, this speaker is small enough to hide anywhere, but because it’s so handsome, you’ll insist on showing it off.

All for $50, too? Heck yeah.

2. UE Boom 2

A small blue and green, portable, and waterproof UE BOOM 2 speaker by Ultimate Ears
Ultimate Ears

Price: $199.99

UE Boom 2 doesn’t take the word “boom” lightly. Not only is it bold, light (1.2 pounds), and tiny (2 3/4 inches wide by 7 1/8 inches tall), but it’s also Bluetooth-enabled so you can control the party from afar. On up two devices at the same time.

The best part: UE Boom 2 is waterproof. So you can feel safe bringing it into the shower and singing into it while Rihanna’s “Work” amps you up before work.

3. House of Marley Get Together

A small bamboo Get Together portable audio system by House of Marley
House of Marley

Price: $199.99

For the audiophiles who yearn for the classic look of a speaker infused with a modern gut, enter the House of Marley Get Together. Yes, that Marley.

It’s certainly not the smallest speaker you can get (that job is for the Marley Chant Mini), but you can’t argue with the rich and deep sound that emerges from this handsome bamboo speaker.

The addition of a rechargeable battery and a USB port makes this thing more than just a speaker, but rather a living part of your living room.

4. Style XL

A small and portable FUGOO Style XL speaker that's also waterproof and dustproof.
FUGOO

 

Price: $279.99

Perfect for accident- or disaster-prone people, the Style XL has a 35-hour battery life and is waterproof and dustproof. Just in case you’re trapped on a particularly dusty desert island.

Plus, it has a USB port for charging your phone. In case you want to get off said island.

5. Ovo Speaker

A small OVO iPhone speaker made of marble.
Love The Sign

Price: $389

No wires. No WiFi. No Bluetooth. The Ovo Speaker is just a single block of Carrara marble that plays all your OVO Sounds and more.

After putting your iPhone into this delicately cut marble tube, its natural shape takes over and blasts music at a mighty rate without the use of batteries or electricity.

6. Soundwall

A wall-mountable Soundwall art frame/speaker.
Soundwall

Price: $399+

Ever look at a picture of a beach so serene that you could clearly hear the birds chirping, wind blowing, palm trees swaying, and sea flowing in your mind?

Well, those soothing sounds no longer have to be a figment of your imagination. Because the Soundwall is a wall-mountable art frame and AirPlay/BubbleUPnP speaker that finally gives your paintings and photographs a voice.

Hear for yourself:

7. Sound of Power Extreme Bust Speakers

A Sound of Power Margaret Thatcher figurine that doubles as a space-saving speaker
Sound of Power

Price: $1,235.38

What do Margaret Thatcher, Kim Jong-Un, and Vladimir Putin have in common?

Not that much, but Sound of Power’s Extreme Bust Speakers gives them all a common thread to share.

Made from a marble-like composite material and weighing in at just over two pounds, these tiny speakers come in the likeness of some of your favorite (?) public figures and offer a full sound from a small head.

It’s the only reason you should have Kim Jong-Un hanging out in your home.

8. Joey Roth Ceramic Speakers

Joey Roth Ceramic Speakers are some of the best small speakers for apartments.
Joey Roth

Price: $1,095

Some sound systems make you want to stand back and say “holy ****.” Joey Roth Ceramic Speakers are a prime example.

They combine porcelain, wood, metal, Bluetooth, and a 50 watt subwoofer to form one fine small-and-powerful sound system that your apartment wishes you’d buy.

Wired calls them “A seamless marriage of drool-worthy design and audiophile-worthy sound,” and we couldn’t agree more.

9. Caruso

An oak veneered Caruso audio system with a pure gold plated horn is also a credenza with storage shelves.
Newblack

Price: $3,000

Ok so Caruso isn’t a small speaker, but consider the fact that some of the best household items have multiple uses.

Caruso is Bluetooth-enabled. So you can play audio from your phone, laptop, or tablet while playing the staring game with Caruso for hours.

Caruso boasts a vintage ceramic or pure gold-plated horn. So you can experience monstrous decibels while paying homage to gramophones from the 70s.

And Caruso comes in fine finishes like lacquered wood, canaletto walnut, and Italian oak from 1700. So you can leave home without having to worry about the speaker/credenza falling apart and breaking the dishes and glassware that you store inside of it.

10. Acoustable

A space-age Acoustable speaker/coffee table made from a polymer and mineral blend.
Acoustable

Price: Unknown

Ok so this isn’t a small speaker either, but what if there was a table you could eat breakfast on that just so happened to also be a speaker?

Sound crazy?

Nope.

Sounds like the Acoustable, a space-age polymer and concrete coffee table that doubles as a speaker. And triples as a mini dance floor for those of you who like to burn calories immediately after eating bacon.

11. Hult Design Pavilion Speakers

A Bluetooth Pavilion small speaker made of oak, copper, concrete, and clear polycarbonate.
Hult Design

Price: $339

When you strip down novelty and ruggedness, you get the Pavilion, a gorgeous and portable wireless speaker that sounds as good as it looks.

With its concrete base and copper spiral pipe that produces clean and warm bass, the Pavilion speaker is also a piece of art that deserves to be displayed on top of any flat horizontal surface.

Except for on top of the Acoustable. Because that’d probably rupture your eardrums.

 

Think you don’t have enough space in your place for these speakers?

MakeSpace and you will.

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.

8 Dope Vinyl Record Players That Save You A Ton Of Space

It almost seems like time is moving backwards with America’s newly-rekindled love of vinyl. Millennials pushed vinyl sales to an insane 26-year high in 2015 and it looks as if our appreciation for all things vintage won’t be waning anytime soon.

However, if you were raised on vinyl by way of your parents, you probably have a hard time shaking the scene of a gigantic sound system taking up valuable real estate in your living room.

Because we’re a generation of people who know how to scale down, here are eight of the best small-yet-powerful vinyl record players.

1. QFX TURN-101 Retro Collection Suitcase Turntable

A brown QFX TURN-101 Retro Collection Suitcase Turntable is playing a vinyl record.
Amazon

Price: $99.99
You’re going to see a lot of these briefcase-style turntables while on the hunt. And honestly, we can’t blame you for wanting to grab the first one you see. They’re really kitschy and cool.

However, the QFX Turn-101 Suitcase Turntable does a bit more than its competitors: an included 45 RPM adapter lets you play three different speeds, you can convert records to digital files, and there’s a dynamite ceramic stereo cartridge with a stylus. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with the rechargeable battery.

2. Jensen JTA-222 3-Speed Turntable

A cheap vinyl record player is a Jensen JTA-222 3-Speed Turntable.
Amazon

Price: $44.36
Amateur audiophiles, the Jensen JTA-222 is, hands-down, the record player you’re looking for. Speaking as an owner of the Jensen, I cannot recommend this $44 turntable more highly. It’s extremely easy to use, small, light, and boasts some incredible sound to fill your tiny apartment with whatever record makes you feel the best.

The antique wooden case design hints that you’re in another era, which is great if you have old records. Just know that it’ll definitely clash with the Drake record you’re playing.

3. Ion Duo Deck Digital Conversion Turntable With Cassette Deck

An Ion Duo Deck Digital Conversion Turntable with cassette deck is an affordable record player.
Urban Outfitters

Price: $99
Anyone’s first reaction will probably sound something along the lines of what the heck am I looking at?

The Ion Duo Deck Digital Conversion Turntable is as if RoboCop customized a record player and made it his crime-fighting sidekick. Forget how it looks. This thing is a beast: it’s tiny and powerful, it transfers vinyl and cassettes (who still listens to cassettes?!) into MP3s, and it automatically converts them to your iTunes.

You’ve also got a headphone jack — for those nights where you need to listen to Radiohead in the dark — and a retractable tone arm to further downsize. It’s small and weird, just go with it.

4. Audio Technica AT727 Turntable Walkman

An Audio Technica AT727, AKA a Sound Burger, is a portable turntable that also plays cassettes.
The Walkman Archive

Price: $551.21
If the Ion Duo Deck freaked you out, avert your eyes now. But seriously, if you want the smallest possible record player, the portable Audio Technica AT727 is your best bet.

First of all, this thing’s going to cost you some serious money. It’s an extremely hard to find collector’s item that we promise your neighbors will think is cool.

It’s also compact, it has a headphone jack, it plays 33 and 45 RPM vinyls, and it has a line output so you can connect this to the speaker of your choice. This won’t last forever,  though, so jump on it!

5. Pro-Ject Essential II Matte Black Turntable

A Pro-Ject Essential II Matte Black Turntable is one of the best vinyl record players for tiny apartments.
Amazon

Price: $299
Ok, this is for the people who are really serious about their record collection. The Pro-Ject Essential II Matte Black Turntable is not kidding around, but that’s fairly obvious by the way it looks. Its sleek and minimalistic design is perfect for a small space, while still maintaining sound quality for determined audiophiles.

A DC-powered motor control minimizes vibration, ensuring your music-listening experience happens without unwanted skips, and — at only 11.9 pounds — you won’t have to struggle moving this record player around.

6. Sylvania Turntable Record Player

A green Sylvania Turntable Record Player with USB encoding is a cheap vinyl record player for small apartments.
Amazon

Price: $35.82
Let’s say you want the kitschiness of the Audio Technica, but don’t want to spend the money, and you’re more concerned about size than sound. At $35, the Sylvania Turntable  is the answer to your prayers.

This record player is adorable. It’s just under two pounds and just over one foot long. It has built-in speakers, can convert records to MP3, and is guaranteed to raise some eyebrows. As long as you don’t mind your friends and neighbors insisting they play with this thing, you’ve got yourself a really fun, little, and novel turntable.

7. Crosley C10A-NA 2 Speed Manual Turntable with Pro-Ject Tone Arm

One of the best vinyl record players is a Crosley C10A-NA 2 Speed Manual Turntable with Pro-Ject Tone Arm.
Amazon

Price: $349.95
Without sacrificing even a little bit of quality, the reliable Crosley C10A-NA 2 Speed Manual Turntable features a minimalistic design at a reasonable price.

An 8.6″ aluminum tonearm with sapphire bearings glides over your vinyl, ensuring a sonic experience you’ll never forget. At the same time, a low vibration synchronous motor protects you against stray bumps and skips.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the amalgamation of quality and quantity.

8. Honorable Mention: The Record Runner

The Record Runner is a creative and affordable vinyl record player that looks like a purple VW bus.
Amazon

Price: $79.95
It’s been done, people. The record player has been downsized to the point where the record itself is bigger than the turntable.

The Record Runner is just hilarious. A needle within the body of the car actually produces music as the car circles the vinyl, blasting sound from the speakers. It’s definitely not going to be the best sounding thing on Earth, but just look at it! How could you pass this thing up?

And in case you’re wondering, the vertical turntable at the top of this article is the gravity-defying Floating Record Vertical Turntable that sounds as mesmerizing as it looks.

 

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.

14 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts For People Who Live In Small Apartments

It goes without saying that some of the best gifts are ones that hardly take up any space — a gift certificate for a deep tissue massage, tickets for a cruise to The Bahamas, even one of those generic Amazon gift cards that make people feel like children in a candy store.

Conducive to saving space in a small apartment? Absolutely. However, there’s still not the same level of satisfaction in giving your significant other an envelope as there is in giving him/her a box to unwrap on Valentine’s Day.

What to do? Give your significant other something from this list of thoughtful and perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for people who live in small apartments. Although that cruise does sound pretty tempting right about now …

1. Umbra Prisma Large Jewelry Organizer

A brass-plated linen-lined Umbra Prisma Large Jewelry Organizer from Urban Outfitters is a perfect Valentine's gift for her.
Urban Outfitters

Price: $29
Your significant other’s jewelry is beautiful and deserves to be displayed, even when she’s not wearing it. Good thing the brass-plated Umbra Prisma Large Jewelry Organizer exists, and makes hanging necklaces and storing earrings, bracelets, and more a gorgeous cinch.

2. CosmoCube Posh Makeup Organizer

A CosmoCube Posh Makeup Organizer is one of the best Valentine gift for girlfriend.
CosmoCube

Price: $185
The CosmoCube started as a trade secret among professional makeup artists and is (thankfully) now available at Sephora. Its four drawers store and organize all your significant other’s makeup, makeup brushes, nail polish, perfume bottles, and more while its clear body makes everything super easy to find.

3. Leather Caryall Case for iPhone 6

An english saddle Leather Caryall Case for iPhone 6 from Madewell is an example of a perfect valentine's day gift ideas for her.
Madewell

Price: $28
If your significant other doesn’t have a case on his/her iPhone, and hasn’t dropped and shattered it yet, it’s a miracle. A miracle that probably won’t last forever. Protect his/her investment from scratches and cracks with a slim Leather Caryall Case from Madewell.

This classy iPhone case comes in sophisticated colors like “english saddle” and “true black,” and it has slots to store a debit card, credit card, license, and more. Like those gift cards that everyone else bought your significant other. Just be sure not to misplace it, though, because that’d be 2016’s equivalent to putting all your eggs in one basket.

4. Cord Tacos

A set of 5 Cord Tacos from Urban Outfitters storing an iPhone cable and EarPods is a perfect valentine's day gift for him or her.
Urban Outfitters

Price: $29.95 for a set of 5
Hate it when your headphone wire strangles itself and takes a USB cable with it? Of course you do. Pick up some Cord Tacos and keep those buggers neat and knot-free.

5. Fujifilm Instax Instant Smartphone Printer

A Fujifilm Instax Instant Smartphone Printer printing cat images is one of various creative Valentine's Day gifts for her or him.
Urban Outfitters

Price: $169
A picture is worth a 1,000 words. A 1,000 words that can delete themselves if your significant other breaks his/her phone and forget to backup his/her pictures.

Luckily, there’s a tiny Fujifilm Instax Instant Smartphone Printer that will, yup, print pictures from a smartphone or tablet via WiFi.

6. Fujifilm Instax Photo Album

An Instax Photo Album from Urban Outfitters used for photograph storage is a creative Valentine's day gift for boyfriend or girlfriend.
Urban Outfitters

Price: $12
Don’t stop at the Instax Instant Smartphone Printer, though. Throw in a tiny Instax Photo Album so your significant other can safely store and organize up to 64 Instax prints.

7. Curioos

A Curioos Golden Homer Simpson print by Antoni Tudisco is a perfect Valentine's day gift for men and women who love the Simpsons.
Curioos

Price:$25+
If you’re past the point in your life where you tack movie posters into your wall and call it art, surprise your partner with a print from Curioos. These guys source underground artists and sell their pieces on canvas, aluminum, and acrylic glass.

Their categories of prints will satisfy someone who’s into classic typography, or the kind of Valentine who’s a little more interested in having a golden Homer Simpson above his/her bed.

8. Wood Bike Storage Rack

A CB2 wood bike storage rack is a creative and cheap Valentines Day gift for husband or wife.
CB2

Price: $49.95
Having a bike is awesome. But tripping over a bike and smashing your face into the floor because your significant other’s bike takes up half of the entryway is atrocious. Prevent that nightmare from happening by giving your significant other a wall-mountable wood bike storage rack from CB2.

It’ll hang his/her bike in the air, and it stores small items like keys, a wallet, and sunglasses. Two birds. One stone. Zero face plants.

9. Wood Charging Station

A Wood Charging Station from Urban Outfitters is a perfect Valentine's Day gift for men and women.
Urban Outfitters

Price: $50
While I was taking a break from penning the article on “How to share a tiny apartment with your significant other,” I accidentally bumped into my desk and caused my pencils and pens to plummet. If only I had a Wood Charging Station to immobilize them …

10. Bombfell

A Bombfell subscription is a cool Valentine's day gift for men.
Bombfell

Price: $89/item on average
Think of Bombfell as Birchbox for the type of man who’s tired of tiny samples and is aching for a change in his wardrobe. After your boyfriend, fiance, or husband answers a few basic questions about his style preference, body type, preferred color scheme, and favorite brands, a personal stylist will send him a list of high-quality clothes that Bombfell can deliver  within a few days of ordering.

What makes Bombfell a space-saving gift? Its box doubles as a storage container, ensuring your least cluttered Valentine’s Day yet.

11. Block Design Pegboard Organizer

An Urban Outfitters Block Design Pegboard organizer is a perfect Valentine's Day gift for her or him.
Urban Outfitters

Price: $98
If your significant other’s necklaces, prints, and books prefer to not take up any space on the table, a Block Design Pegboard is what he/she needs. It comes with 15 pegs, none of which you have to struggle with moving like in gym class.

12. Grovemade Catch-All

A Grovemade Catch-All is a thoughtful Valentine's Day gift for husband or wife.
Grovemade

Price: $129
An existential question that every new apartment owner always asks is: Where do I store all of the little things?

The answer: in a Grovemade Catch-All.

Sculpted from American black walnut and lined with German wool felt, this entryway storage solution is a seriously good- looking accoutrement for your walls. And its trio of hidden brass hooks give you a place to even store keys, ensuring that you’ll never forget anything ever again for as long as you live.

As part of the company’s Entryway collection, Grovemade spruces up a part of your apartment that you generally only think about when you leave or come home.

13. Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven

A Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven by Pizzacraft is a funny Valentine's Day gift for girlfriend or boyfriend.
Pizzacraft

Price: $179.99
A pizzeria in your tiny apartment?! No way!  Actually, yes way. By trapping and reflecting the heat of your stove, the tiny Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven lets your loved one cook incredibly delicious pizzeria-style pies without a gigantic brick oven.

Shoutout to St. Valentine for giving us a lovely excuse to eat pizza every night. And morning.  And afternoon.

14. Moto 360

A Moto 360 smartwatch by Motorola is a perfect Valentine's day gift for fiance.
Motorola

Price: $299.99+
A diamond in the rough in the smartwatch game has been Motorola. Their Moto 360 is a unique, classy, and refreshingly simple Apple Watch alternative that starts at $49 less than the Apple Watch. Not only is it fully customizable, but it also has WiFi capabilities, an ambient light sensor, a heart rate sensor, wireless charging capabilities, and battery life of over 30 hours.

The best part is that, when on its wireless charging dock, the Moto 360 doubles as a tiny-yet-effective bedside clock. And we all know that the best space-saving gifts are the ones that serve a dual purpose. Like these multi-purpose household items that will save a ton of space in your tiny apartment.

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.