You might have meticulously planned out your tiny rooms, but somehow, that clutter still manages to creep in. Rather than stack up boxes or use unsightly plastic trays, why not try some of our clever storage ideas to save space, even in the tiniest house?
Don’t think you have the space in your small living room, even for storage? Struggling to make your studio flat work? Make every inch of your home work hard with well-thought out and space-saving storage solutions. Every nook and cranny is crying out for your clutter, so take charge of your belongings and banish them to hidden or well-organised areas.
If you are renovating your house, think about building storage space into the walls: Cubbyholes in the bathroom wall will create space for all of your toiletries, without using up valuable room around your bath or shower.
Alcoves are the perfect space to build storage units and shelves that will fit seamlessly into your rooms, without taking up lots of space. Design a new kitchen with storage solutions in mind. Sliding cupboards that can hold hundreds of ingredients before slotting back in line with your units are a great storage idea for a contemporary scheme.
If you aren’t completely redecorating your home, invest in multi-purpose storage units that will only take up a single area in one room, but will store everything you need for the whole house.
A TV can take up valuable space in your living room. Don’t allow it to. Instead, use it as a focal point to build storage around. Simple shelving and movable TV units, like this one on wheels, offer flexible solutions. Or, for something tailored to your needs, try fitting a bespoke design.
For more storage ideas, visit our living room storage ideas gallery.
Want a swanky home office but don’t have room for one? Why not transform an alcove into a hideaway office? All you need are open shelves, perfect for storage boxes, which can sit above a desk consisting of a simple plank of wood. Folding or sliding doors keep all the clutter tucked out of sight. Wickes has a range of folding doors. Find more great ideas here.
A clever way to maximise space in a small bedroom is by using a headboard with built-in drawers. Go for a bespoke solution to suit your bedroom layout.
Where space is tight in a small kitchen, it is important not to waste even a millimetre of potential storage space. A thin pull-out cupboard, with multiple shelves or racks, offers the perfect solution and makes food supplies easy to view and reach.
When there isn’t room for a lot of different furniture pieces in your home, choose one that will house everything. This multipurpose unit includes drawers, shelves and boxes. Plus, it provides extra surface space for hot dishes ready for serving.
If your living room is also your kitchen, dining room or even bedroom, use block furniture and handy storage to divide the space. Fitting units around the sides of a sofa is a genius way to maximise your storage without taking up wall space, and helps to define the separate areas further.
Tesco Direct sell a range of great-value storage units like these.
A storage bench is an ideal way to contain hallway clutter. Cubbyholes, like the ones in this bench, allow shoes, hats and other paraphernalia to be tucked away out of site. The hooks above use wasted wall space to order coats.
Utilise space under your child’s bed by building one that incorporates storage space. This can then store pull-out boxes that will hide away toys and clothes. A super thin wall-hung shelving unit is also useful as it won’t impose on the space.
Argos has a range of beds for children that come with ready-made storage.
Then it’s just a case of rounding up that clutter and letting the tidy up begin!