If there's one thing lockdown's highlighted for us, it's a lack of small space storage ideas at home. Grrrrr! WHY IS STUFF ALWAYS EVERYWHERE? So we thought it would be a good idea to invest a bit of time surfing the web-er-net to find some fabulously simple, storage-problem-solving, clutter-crunching ideas. And we have. LOVING these. A mix of easy buy and clever but doable DIYs you can make. You're most welcome...
Find more small space ideas, hacks and buys on our dedicated tiny house page.
1. Store on the door
Searching for small space ideas for everywhere from the bathroom to the kitchen to the hallway? These self-adhesive hooks are genius (and sooo simple). Put snacks and sauce packets that you're always losing/spilling/forgetting about front and centre so they don’t get lost. Use them in the hallway to hang up stuff that usually clutters up the table. Put them in bedrooms for everything from jewellery to bags. You can even write names (and reminders) on them. Plutt storage hooks with self-adhesive stickers, £1 for a three-pack, Ikea. See all Amazon's self-adhesive hooks
- Find more kitchen storage ideas in our guide
2. Use hanging backs to clear drawers, floors and tables
This is such a simple idea: this Nordrana hanging storage, £17 at Ikea, comes with bags that you connect with toggles and loops, so they can be moved, removed and added to. Better still, they are hand-crocheted by skilled craftspeople with good working conditions and fair wages at organised weaving centres in Vietnam.
3. Put up a noticeboard, then hide it
If a noticeboard is too messy to look at in your small space, and building a cupboard with shelves is beyond your DIY capabilities, how about this for a clever compromise? The Skadis pegboard, £10, Ikea, has been simply hidden away in a cupboard that (and this is important) has been painted the same colour as the wall behind it for ultimate blending and space-enhancing.
For more Ikea hacks, see our dedicated feature.
4. Go overboard on narrow, full height storage
Don’t let a hallway – or any room – be wasted storage space. If you can dedicated a whole wall to tall, shallow storage you can hide away a ton of stuff. Here, Trones shoe cabinets have been used for much, much more than just shoes. See below for an idea.
Can't get to Ikea? Buy the Trones at Amazon.
5. Using under the stairs is a small space storage must
Got room under the stairs? Fixing deep, narrow shelves to the underside of the stairs that are built to take storage containers that might usually have been slid under a bed is a clever way to stash away out of season shoes, coats, umbrellas... and to stack up what's in season in front so that it's always to hand but neatly off the floor. And, of course, you can easily hide it all away with a curtain that simply pulls across the staircase.