If you live in a small home–whether it’s a dorm room, a studio apartment, a cramped condo or a “cozy” cottage–it’s a challenge to find effective ways to store what you already have, not to mention what you’ll accumulate as time goes on.
In small spaces there’s often nowhere to go but up, so utilizing vertical space is essential. (This does not mean piling up stuff to mountainous heights.) Dorm or apartment restrictions on making holes in walls and ceilings may prevent you from installing wall-mounted shelving and rack systems, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your vertical space. Here are three vertically oriented storage solutions that will stop you from climbing the walls:
Baker’s Rack. Despite the name, baker’s racks aren’t just for kitchens–they can be useful anywhere you need a combination of multipurpose surface and storage.
The shallow upper shelf can hold everything from tech gear to grooming supplies, while the wood-slab work surface and larger lower shelves are handy for storing bulkier stuff such as books, storage baskets and file boxes. Detachable wire hooks that hang from a bar or grid are good for keeping a variety of frequently used items accessible: caps, keys, scissors and anything else hangable that tends to get lost underneath other stuff left on horizontal surfaces.
Over-Bed Shelving. For some people, a nightstand is merely a nicety; for others, it’s a necessity. It does make sense to have a bedside spot for keeping within easy reach things like an alarm clock, a box of tissues and various personal items. But dorms and other small bedroom spaces rarely have room for a nightstand. Fortunately there’s another option that goes over the bed instead of beside it: the InterMetro Over Bed Storage Shelf fits over a standard twin bed and features two adjustable-height shelves, each with a 100-pound capacity (although you won’t want to store anything that heavy on it in case of an earthquake).
Hanging Closet Organizers. Vertical storage isn’t limited to stand-alone units. There’s a whole range of hanging closet accessories that utilize vertical space inside closets and on closet doors. These organizers are designed to accommodate everything from sweaters to shoes. The 6-Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer is a good choice for storing folded clothes; to store smaller items such as underwear and socks, just add these canvas drawers.