If you're feeling like your house is an over-used dumping ground for clutter, you are likely going crazy trying to stuff that stuff in every nook or cranny you can find. Maybe, you're thinking to yourself, your house just isn't big enough for your growing family anymore. But, before you decide to put that For Sale sign on your front yard, read the list below for some of the coolest, most unique, space-saving storage ideas that are just waiting for you to fill them up.
1. Secret Change Table
If you have a nursery in your house, you know just how much space a change table can take up. Why not create of concealed table right in the wall? A fold-down change table that can be pulled down when you need it and folded up when you don't, is a great way to free-up space. You can create little storage nooks in the wall for all your diapers, wipes and creams.
2. Busy Bed
If your child's room looks like a store toy room, you aren't alone in the frustrated parenting world. But there is an easy way to create extra space for all those toys – in their bed. There are several bed options you can buy – or make – that include built in drawers and shelves, which provide extra space for books, toys and clothes.
If your kitchen is small and cramped, you can create your own pantry by knocking a hole through a garage wall and adding in adjustable shelves and sliding doors. This new space can hold all your extra snacks, jars and appliances that you otherwise didn't have space for.
4. Adding a Level
A room doesn't necessarily have to be just one room. You can easily build in an elevated loft to double the space and add an extra room inside a room. It can be used as an office, a playroom or a sitting area to simply relax in.
5. Locker It Up
Placing lockers in a mudroom or garage is a great way to keep your kids athletic equipment, backpacks, coats and shoes out of the way. It is also a pretty groovy way to add some fun and creativity to an area. Your kids will love the look so much you won't even have to ask them to put away their stuff. They'll gladly do it on their own.
6. Stair Smart
Stairs are one of those places that seem to be forgotten, but they are a great way to add storage to your home. The area underneath the stairs is the perfect area to add in a pull out drawer for a place to put shoes, backpacks or coats in. And the best part is that it doesn't take up any space like a bench would. You can also build your stairs so they each pull out into their own, separate drawers.
7. So Secret
Where is the best place to keep your stuff secret? In the floor, of course. What better way to create storage than by adding in compartments that are built into the floor boards. You can keep all your valuable items hidden here and out of sight from potential burglars. Throw a piece of furniture and a rug on top and no one but you will ever know!
8. Under the Cabinet Drawers
When you have a small kitchen, you know that every inch of that space counts. So you should look at your baseboards and consider using them as extra storage. They can easily be turned into pull-out drawers where you can store items such as baking sheets or larger utensils.
Ottomans today are not just used to make a room look pretty or for putting your feet up on after a busy day. There are tonnes of ottomans you can buy that have built-in storage options. Many ottomans open up to allow you to store toys, shoes or books inside. The best part is that once the cover is back on, no one sees what's inside.
10. Bathroom Storage
Have a bathroom that is cluttered and littered with towels, dirty laundry and accessories? If you have a tiny bathroom, storage is probably an issue for you. Well, in today's world, there is so much you can buy for these tiny rooms, including a pocketed shower curtain, which comes with several pockets for you to fill up with soap, facecloths and razors. You can also buy hooked shower rings that not only work to hang your curtain, but have a hook on them for you to use as towel racks.