These small space decorating ideas, storage solutions, and smart finds will help you maximize every square foot.
1. Think up, not out.
For a book-loving client bound by tight quarters, Washington, D.C.-based designer Lauren Liessdoubled her storage space by adding a bank of extra-tall shelves that slides open to reveal a bathroom door.
2. Put your pantry on display.
No space for a pantry? No problem! Just outfit a utilitarian shelving system with breathable baskets that can corral everything from various types of produce to bulky bags of dry goods like flour and sugar. For even more versatility, try a wire basket storage cartequipped with casters, which make it possible to roll it out of sight when not in use.
3. Utilize the area under the stairway.
This overlooked part of the house has tons of pack-it-in potential. Here, Chicago architect Tom Stringer cleverly incorporated drawers for a family of four that wanted to maximize the often-overlooked space.
4. Hang your draperies as high as you can.
Here’s a little designer secret: The hands-down easiest way to make ceilings look higher is to place a drapery rod really close to the ceiling—roughly 2 inches below the crown molding will do the trick. While you’re at it, be sure to extend the rod at least 4 inches on either side of the window so that the window appears wider—and allows in more light.
5. Consider retro appliances.
Generally speaking, vintage (and vintage-inspired) appliances have a smaller footprint than modern-day behemoths. They can also add decorative charm—and a welcome pop of color!—in a small space. This 50s-style Smeg refrigerator is just under 24″ wide (compared to the 36″ width of many standard modern models).