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Easy Steps to Living Well in Tiny Spaces


As someone who occupies half of a 570-square-foot apartment, I’ve grown accustomed to living well in a tiny space. Here are some of my tips and tricks for making the most of your precious, few square feet.

Never Underestimate Underbed Storage

Underbed storage is the apartment-dweller’s best friend. If you have a trundle bed, so much the better. If not, invest in a raised bed frame (or make one yourself) that allows you to store things beneath your bed. Low-profile plastic bins are perfect for storing sweaters, linens and craft supplies.

Perfect Your Closet

Believe it or not, I’ve had a few rooms in San Francisco with no closets. Now that I have a decent-sized closet, I make sure to maximize that space–and you should do the same. Hanging shoe racks, though precarious, save floor space for lesser-used items; I recommend getting one.

Get Comfortable with Vertical Storage

Vertical storage is a lifesaver. The wine storage rack pictured here is just one example of how storing up (not out) will improve your quality of life. Hanging shoe racks have already been mentioned, but stacking disk racks, linen racks, CD racks, and even racks of bins for clothing can take the place of traditional closet, basement and harder-to-fit large furniture options.

Wall Shelves

As much as I love china cabinets, credenzas, and bulky bookcases, they occupy far too much valuable floor space.

Wall shelving has two benefits: it reserves floor space for necessary furniture, and it adds visual interest to each room. Group like things and attractive items together, and keep them organized — not every item you own needs to be out of sight to keep your place looking great.

Build a Kitchen Pegboard

What was good enough for Julia Child is good enough for your kitchen. Like shelves, a pegboard will help you free up cabinet and under-counter storage space. In addition, pegboards just look cool — everything has a place. It’s up to you whether you want to create outlines of your pots, pans, and utensils to mark which item goes where.