18 SMALL SPACE LIVING HACKS THAT CAN WORK IN ANY SIZE HOME

If there’s any trend we won’t be escaping any time soon, it’s downsizing. Tiny homes are a national phenomenon, and the lifestyle changes associated with low-impact living — from composting to conscientiously tidying up — have made their way into our daily routines. For many city dwellers (and an increasing number of suburban dwellers, too), small space living is the only option. But that doesn’t mean it has to be any less intentional.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite hacks for making the most of your small space, wherever you are.

1. CART IT
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Matthew Williams / Remodelista: The Organized Home

In their new book Remodelista: The Organized Home, Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick demonstrate their organizational know-how with savvy tips for maximizing space.

“From bar carts to industrial trolleys, there’s a range of compact wheeled storage ideal for corralling collections of items in one place. Carts, of course, are easy to move, so they can be rolled out for use or tucked away as needed.”

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Reprinted with permission from “Remodelista: The Organized Home” by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick. Published in 2017 by Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

2. VERTICAL GREENERY
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Lana Red Studio

No garden (or no yard at all)? No problem! This DIY wall planter from Lana Red Studio gives you plenty of greenery, without taking up any counter or floor space. Utilize an empty wall for this vertical garden and your space will instantly feel more peaceful.

4. TINY TABLES

This adorable little table from Sugar & Cloth can double as a plant stand and is constructed of easy-to-find MDF and wooden dowel rods.

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Matthew Williams / Remodelista: The Organized Home

“Keep your digital gear at the ready and combat cord creep by inserting concealed charging stations wherever they’ll come in handy. “

Suggestions include: “a divided drawer in an entryway and a pullout desk at the end of a kitchen cabinet.”

Reprinted with permission from “Remodelista: The Organized Home” by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick. Published in 2017 by Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

6. DOUBLE-DUTY TASK LIGHTING

This minimalist lamp is a stroke of genius—and one with a tiny footprint, no less. A repurposed stool, some paint and a lightbulb combine to make for an eye-catching small space solution from Monsters Circus.

7. HANGING WALL STORAGE

A super-simple jumbo notepad with just a dash of beaded panache make for a simple, sleek command center in this office by A Pair and A Spare DIY.

9. THE INSTANT UTILITY CLOSET

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Matthew Williams / Remodelista: The Organized Home

“A well-ordered cleaning closet (or wall) makes housekeeping chores easier to tackle, and it will also brighten your day. Create your own using a peg rail and a few trusty tools: select things that, to paraphrase Michael Pollan, your grandmother would recognize.

1. In the corner of a closet, a steel band of wall hooks by Room & Board forms a laundry wall. The wooden ironing board is from Williams-Sonoma.

2. Mounted on a closet door, an oak Shaker rail (from the Container Store) holds a lineup of basics. And in the closet, to maximize use of space, a vacuum is stowed atop an Elfa cart.”

Reprinted with permission from “Remodelista: The Organized Home” by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick. Published in 2017 by Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

10. COMPACT VANITY

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Rock My Style

While a luxurious vanity is on many a home decor bucket list, some spaces simply won’t allow it. The blogger behind Rock My Style has a solution: using a tabletop plank and IKEA brackets for a beauty station that takes up practically no room.

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11. MESH DISPLAY BOARD

Blogger Caroline Burke’s repurposed metal mesh wall hanger could work equally well in a home office (one corner of your kitchen) or as an impromptu prep station (in the other corner).

12. VERSATILE CUTTING BOARD

Brighten up your food prep routine with The Merry Thought’s practical yet unexpected spin on a pair of kitchen staples — an herb planter and a cutting board.

13. REPURPOSED SCRAP FABRIC

Kristen Kilpatrick

Keeping any fabric scraps around? If you love them almost enough to use them, but feel like they’re not quite ready for prime time, use Design Love Fest’s all-natural dyeing technique to revive them for the Instagram age. Plus, it can give mismatched pieces a cohesive look.

5. A DISAPPEARING DESK

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Matthew Williams / Remodelista: The Organized Home

“For tight quarters, consider a ship-style table that lifts up for use. Here’s why this one works.

1. A shelf that becomes a table. Ikea’s drop-leaf Norberg design is hinge-mounted on the wall. When the top is up, it’s a desk; when it’s lowered, it becomes a shallow shelf.

2. The surprisingly generous tabletop is big enough for a laptop; it also works as a dining table for two.

3. Desk accessories line up on the shelf, which remains in place when the desk is folded down.

4. A chair with a slim silhouette, the industrial French Nicolle, pairs well with the fold-down desk.

5. An Original BTC Hector clip light hangs from a Bed Bath & Beyond metal towel ladder, another adaptable design that stands ready to hold magazines and even sweaters and jackets.”

Reprinted with permission from “Remodelista: The Organized Home” by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick. Published in 2017 by Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

14. ADJUSTABLE LEGS

Adjustable legs are the new birds, if bloggers are any indication. They’re being put on just about anything, from bookcases to pieces of plywood. Old Brand New blogger Dabito’s humble bench is just one great example of the trend’s enduring practicality.

 

15. FOLD-OUT DINING TABLE

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Atelier Chang

If your home is a little too cramped to fit a full dining room table, space-saving furniture is your savior. UK design firm Atelier Chang transformed this London apartment to make the most of the space, using a table that seamlessly swivels under the counter. Whether you need seating for guests or some extra counter space to chop vegetables, a multi-purpose like this.

16. REPURPOSED ANTIQUES

Who can resist a great IKEA hack? Treasures & Travels’s ingenious DIY gets “salvage yard chic” right with just reclaimed wood and a power tool.

17. DRESSED-UP POWER CORDS

In a small space, no detail goes unnoticed. Reclaim ugly lighting for the good of your apartment with Vitamini Handmade’s cute and clever cord hack.

18. THE HERB AND SPICE DRAWER

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Matthew Williams / Remodelista: The Organized Home

“Create a designated place for herbs and frequently used tools like a garlic press and graters. Dried herbs have a short shelf life, especially if they’re exposed to light, so keeping only small quantities makes sense, as does arranging them in a drawer or cupboard. No fitted insert necessary; corral everything on trays. Here’s what you need.

The Essentials
• Uniform glass jars—we like small paint jars from the art supply store
• Metal trays sized to fit your drawer
• Washi tape for labeling the jar tops (this is an idea we like from cookbook author Heidi Swanson)

Also Consider
• Herb scissors
• Spice grinder
• Garlic press
• Ginger grater
• Small bowls for specialty salts”

Reprinted with permission from “Remodelista: The Organized Home” by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick. Published in 2017 by Artisan, a division of Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

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