20 Clever Space-Saving Solutions and Storage Ideas

Think you don't have enough storage in your home? If there's a nook or cranny not being used, then there's plenty of room to expand. Get creative ideas on how to maximize storage by making the most of your home's existing space.

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Surprise Storage Under the Stairs

The first two steps of the stairs have clever drawers that offer storage for items used for the kitchen and great room, like linens, extra blankets, decorative pillows and gloves.

Built-Ins Create Stylish Storage

These built-in bookshelves provide both open and closed storage. Built-ins are the perfefct spot to display books and photos, creating a stylish storage solution.

Wall-Mounted Ironing Board

Utility is the name of the game in this neutral laundry room. A murphy-style ironing board stores this laundry room essential, so when not in use it can be folded up to save space.

From: Drury Design

Wine Glass & Bottle Storage

A custom built-in provides ample storage in the open dining room and sets the stage for entertaining. This piece integrates storage for both wine bottles and glasses in a simplistic fashion.

Mudroom Cubbies

In the mudroom, a rainbow of baskets makes a colorful and handy spot to stash everyday clutter: keys, phones, wallets. Underneath are wall hooks, benches and shoe cubbies, all of which allow bright sneakers and jackets to become a cheery part of the decor.

Pet Storage

Good storage pieces are a must when trying to create a beautiful, functional home. This rolling “cubby” unit was designed to be a multi-functional family storage piece for several stages of life. It’s great for pet toys and gear, kid/baby storage for toys and books, and even in a mudroom or closet for shoes.

Stylish Bike Storage

Space-saving wall racks house the homeowners' bikes in this dynamic master bedroom, creating functional, unconventional wall decor. Beside the bikes, a brilliant red bookcase provides a built-in splash of color.

Bookcase Built-In

A bunk bed features a built-in bookcase for extra storage space in this kids' room.

Nightstand Shoe Storage

This nightstand offers elegant storage for shoes and more. With two large drawers and a pull out compartment below, there is ample storage in this stylish nightstand.

Drawer Organizers

Custom drawers organize jewelry and accessories in this walk-in closet to make finiding the perfect accessory a breeze.

From: Kim Lewis

Stairs with Built-In Storage

In a small space every inch of square feet is put to use. The stairs in this apartment feature built-in storage cabinetry with drawers below to maximize the storage capacity in this home.

Kitchen Storage and Pullout Pantry

A custom pullout pantry creates extra storage space in this contemporary kitchen. Plentiful drawers and cabinets help stow away other essentials while keeping them close at hand.

Island Bookshelf

This clean-lined kitchen features polished Carrara marble countertops, blue and white laser-cut marble backsplash tiles, cabinetry with brushed white bronze hardware and beautiful glass pendants. At the end of the island, surprise! Hidden shelving for cookbooks and extra storage.

Study Nook

The living room offers the perfect study nook that can be hidden when not in use. The desk conveniently folds up, and the chair can then be used for extra seating. Built-in shelves and cabinets provide essential storage.

Bathroom Vanity Storage

On the bottom of this vanity there is a shelf with a row of baskets that offer extra storage.

Shower Alcove

A shower shelf allows for ample space for shower necessities that are easy to reach, while eliminating the need for obtrusive storage options that would interrupt the white design of the shower.

From: Kim Lewis

Closet Storage Style

Cabinetry and shelving extend to the ceiling to maximize shoe storage, and customized compartments hold everything from jewelry to boots to hats to dresses, keeping the space organized and efficient.

Craft Cabinet

This cabinet has been specifically built to house craft supplies all in one convenient location.

Ottoman Storage

A square storage ottoman has a lid that lifts to reveal hidden storage space for extra throw blankets and other nursery essentials.

Under the Stairs Pet Nook

This custom dog zone under the stairs is a great use of wasted space. There is even a hidden drawer below with room for treats.

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