This week on Decorating Tips for Renter’s I wanted to share a few storage solutions with you.
More often than not, living in a rental means living in tight quarters and maximizing storage is a must. Don’t worry, even maximizing storage can be done with style. When trying to find ways to maximize storage in a rental, think outside of the box…look up, look down, look under furniture, next to furniture, beds, closets, etc.
Below are 6 Ways to Maximize Storage…
Baskets are a terrific way to organize and store items. They add warmth and texture to a space and contain clutter.
Use baskets to organize items on open shelves, or under a table in the entry to collect shoes. They are also great in the bathroom to hold extra towels or toiletries.
5. Storage Ottomans
Storage ottomans are perfect when it comes to maximizing storage. They can be used in the living room in place of a coffee table, as a bench at the foot of a bed, or even for extra seating in the dining room.
These multifunctional pieces are a must in small living spaces.
4. Skirted Tables
When looking for storage solutions, don’t just look to tables and closets. Skirted tables are not only a pretty addition to any room, but they also make a excellent place to store extra items that aren’t needed on a day to day basis.
* Tip: Store office supplies underneath, when you need it, pull up and chair and voila instant office.
3. Go Vertical
When you are in need of extra storage… look to the walls. In a small kitchen use hooks or a piece of painted pegboard to hang pots and pans. Not only will this give you more cupboard space but it will also add an interesting focal point to the kitchen.
However, the kitchen isn’t the only place to look to the walls. Floor to ceiling open shelves are easy to remove when it is time to move and are a fun way to display your personal items.
Flea Markets, Thrift stores and garage sales are great options for finding deals on furniture. While you’re shopping, keep an eye out for hutches/secretaries.
A pretty coat of paint and a stencil can turn a neglected piece of furniture into a treasure with plenty of storage space.
Hutches work well because not only do they add storage , but they take up vertical space, adding interest to bland, neutral rental walls.
1. Divide the Room
These beautifully styled bookshelves by Meredith of Meredith & Gwyneth are a terrific example of style and function in a small space. Her shelves add a focal point, storage and act as a divider creating privacy in her 470 sq. foot apartment.
Meredith has done an incredible job making her apartment feel like home, head on over for a tour…I know you’ll find some more fun tips on how to personalize a rental.