7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You Had



Every square foot of your home is valuable. These storage solutions take advantage of underused nooks and crannies. And just for fun, we did some back-of-the-napkin calculations based on the median price per square foot of a U.S. home ($110) to attach a theoretical value to the bonus space.

1. Stairway to Storage Heaven
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Tuck pull-out drawers under sturdy stairs. They’re ideal for stashing extra linens and seasonal items. Each drawer provides about two square feet of storage.

2. It Came from Below!
Basement crawl spaces or open areas under apartment floors can be lined with shelves and outfitted with folding stairs to hoard anything.

3. Sleep-Away Storage
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Not enough room for a Carrie Bradshaw closet? No problem. This mattress from Ikea lifts to reveal a hidden compartment great for stashing bulky blankets.

4. Locker Room
Gain more kitchen space without a costly kitchen remodeling job. Reclaimed high school gym lockers sport a new use as built-in pantry compartments.

5. Hidden Litter

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Some things are best left hidden, and kitty’s business is one of them. An inexpensive, storage cabinet doubles as a rest stop for this tabby, who enters and exists via a small framed opening.

6. Overhead Room

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Give your storage space a lift. Overhead areas, such as narrow hallways, make an ideal place for floating shelves and cabinets.

7. Seasonal Stash

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Keep wrapping paper out of sight but not out of mind by suspending it from your closet ceiling on a simple cradle of wire. It’s easy to reach but won’t get torn or creased.

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