Having hidden or secret storage areas in your home is a good idea if you live in a small space. It’s also a good idea for those who just don’t like visible shelves and cabinets and are seeking a sleeker, clutter-free home aesthetic. Whichever reason applies to you, there are numerous ways you can take advantage of so called “dead” spaces to create storage that remains out of sight.
Pull It or Slide It
The model for this idea is the traditional Murphy bed. Designed to free up living space in studio apartments, a bed that folds up into the wall during the day is a great idea. Thanks to the tiny house movement, rise in RV popularity and the small spaces design trend, pull down furniture isn’t limited to beds. Desks, tables, sofa-like benches, cutting boards, and more can now fold up against the wall when not in use. A headboard that has pull-down upholstery can hold a small shelf for bedtime books and magazines as well as the remote to your TV.
Putting storage behind sliding panels, artwork or pictures, or even wheeled bookcases is another option. One ingenious idea is to mount a shallow cabinet or box on the wall and hide it behind a piece of artwork or picture frame. It can be used to hold jewelry or belts in the bedroom or spices in the kitchen. Some people have even used the artwork trick to hide their electronic equipment like their broadband modem and router.
Utilize Dead Spaces
Taking an inventory of your home is likely to turn up a lot of dead space, much of it hidden from sight. There is a reason that under the bed tubs and behind the door hanging bags were created. People love to store things in these little dead spaces.
A few more ideas for taking advantage of dead spaces:
- Build (or buy) drawers for under your bed.
- Install shelves or drawers under stairs.
- Turn furniture into storage by putting cabinets, drawers, or simple boxes in window seats, ottomans, even in booth-style kitchen seating.
- Take advantage of space under the floor boards or in the eaves or drop ceiling to create unique storage areas.
- Cover end tables and decorative tables with floor-length table cloth to create a hidden “closet” underneath.
Once you start thinking about your home in terms of “where can I hide storage” you’ll find countless opportunities to streamline your home and make sure every object has its proper place.