In a perfect world, large and spacious living spaces would be readily available, with enough square footage to accommodate all the trinkets, appliances, and treasured antiques your heart desires (with space to spare). But the reality looks a little different, and larger living spaces usually equate to even larger (no, astronomical) rent or mortgage payments. So how do you maximize a slightly smaller, practical apartment or house to make it airy and clutter-free? Well, it often comes down to some key products and tricks of the interior design trade that allow for easy storage and less clutter on your floor space and walls. The result is a lighter ambience that makes a room feel much larger than it is.
A first rule of thumb in tidying up is to accumulate, not eliminate, when it comes to storing or decorating. Instead of bulky, square shelves, try a tiered tree shelf that takes up much less space but will keep all your precious tomes safe. You can also use this principle with your pots and pans and invest in a pot rack that can sit on your counter or in your cabinets to help stack and organize essentials.
Plus, floating furniture and storage is a great way to maximize your square footage. A wall-mounted table instead of a large work desk can be very useful (and chic!) while a hanging appliance rack can be a godsend for a small bathroom.
Ahead, check out the 12 space-saving products that will transform your space instantly…and won’t cost you a ton. Win-win!
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Along with its convenience, this bookcase is easy to assemble and is a stylish option for any aesthetic. “I had seen a few people talking about this bookshelf,” writes one reviewer. “It was easy to put together and the size is great for small spaces while still being able to hold a decent amount of books. Glad I got it.
No matter the room, these versatile, rustic-looking shelves will get the job done. “These shelves were just what I needed for my powder room,” writes one reviewer. “I wanted shelves to put on the wall without looking too bulky. It was the perfect size for what I needed. I also like their somewhat rustic look. The mounting system was pretty easy to use, although I had a little trouble lining up the holes to stick the shelves in after installation (they seemed to widen a bit after installation). However, it didn’t really cause too much trouble. I’m very pleased with these overall and would definitely recommend them!”
Need a place to work but don’t have as much as a nook for a freestanding office? Turn it up with this easy-to-assemble folding table, which has nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. “I rate this five stars,” says one reviewer. “Easy to assemble and can hold a decent amount of weight. Holds my laptop, notebook, mouse and mouse pad on the desk, and all my decor. Love Love Love.”
Those days of noisy hunting for pots and pans in your kitchen cabinets are over. A chic rack puts your essentials on display (or neatly in your cupboards) for easy use. And with over 11,000 5-star reviews, this stylish option is sure to please.
“I love everything about this rack,” enthuses one reviewer. “I am going to have surgery next where my recovery is not bending, stopping, squatting or lifting off the floor or under cabinets. I bought this rack so I could put my pans and the saucepan I use the most on the waist. It fits my middle island perfectly and doesn’t look cluttered at all. […] What else can I say other than I love, love, love this rack.
Once considered a retro kitchen gadget, Lazy Susan turntables are classics for a reason. These handy storage units (which garnered over 3,600 five-star reviews on Amazon) are the best way to keep clutter at bay. “I really love this lazy Susan two-tier spice rack,” raves one reviewer. “It’s well made, sturdy, beautiful and runs perfectly.”
In addition to being chic, these canisters are also quite durable, according to reviewers. “Great sturdy product,” it reads. “We use ours for our coffee bar and put cream, sugar and different types of coffee in the containers. A container actually fell off the counter, fell about 3-4 feet, hit the ground, not even a scratch. Very durable and provides excellent aesthetics.
Come for the chic, minimalist design, stay for the spacious storage and ease of use. “Very sturdy,” reads one review. “A piece of cake to put together. Love them. Everything looks so neat and organized on my shelves. I think I need to order more.
Shoes can often be the source of many organizational and storage headaches. But, luckily, that’s why sleek racks like this were invented. “Easy to assemble and disassemble,” reads one of over 6,100 five-star reviews. “Hides clutter, easy to move. A great storage solution. Can be used with or without a lid and can be reused for many storage solutions. Is affordable and arrived quickly.
Perfect for the end of the bed or even as extra seating in the living room, this bench provides storage and decor in any room! “I couldn’t be more excited about this bench,” enthuses one reviewer. « The simplest piece of furniture I have ever assembled. Well done. Beautiful color. Sturdy and holds a fair amount of stuff. It’s perfect.”
Although this tension curtain rod is obviously ideal for hanging a curtain, it can also be used as a storage tool for shower baskets, baskets and other space-saving storage tools. “This rod replaced a similar product that was falling off almost weekly,” read one review. “I like that this one is not only adjustable in length, but also spring loaded so it always presses firmly against the walls. The pads on the ends also stick to the walls really well. I’m going to buy another one for the downstairs tub.
In addition to its vintage finish, this stand is highly regarded for its durability. “This shelf is so convenient, it has allowed me to free up counter space by adding my products to the shelf,” read one of the 6,100 five-star reviews. “It’s suitable for dryers and straighteners, but you can also store things at the bottom. Which is an undeniable plus. Very cute design. And very useful. Happy with my purchase.”
For a small bathroom that lacks storage space, create one with this vertical shelf rolling cart that stores a ton without taking up too much space. “It’s very easy to put together,” raves one reviewer. “The color is true to the photo. I was surprised that it contained my heavy make-up box. It fits well in my bathroom corner.