30 Tips for Living Large in a Small Space
A small living space can still be stylish. All you need are the perfect products and accessories to liven up your studio or one-bedroom apartment, while maximizing your space. Of course, efficiency and comfort are important as well, and don’t worry — we haven’t forgotten your tiny kitchen and bathroom. Here are 30 products that will help you live large in your small space.
Get Creative with Storage Space in Your BedroomDuraCasa Bed Risers
If you don’t have a lot of closet space, you can always put things under your bed — unless, of course, your frame sits too low to the floor. If that’s the case, it’s time to place DuraCasa’s bed risers under the legs to gain an additional boost of 3 inches of space for boxes, suitcases and anything else you want to keep hidden away. The risers are built to hold up to 2,000 pounds distributed across your bed.
Don’t Just Throw Everything Under the BedstorageLAB Under Bed Shoe Storage Organizer
StorageLAB’s shoe organizer can help you keep shoes tucked away in an orderly fashion. With two of these containers, you can pack up to 24 pairs of shoes and adjust the size of the compartments to accommodate larger shoes or shoes with long heels. This handy organizer is also great for scarves, gloves and numerous other things.
When You Don’t Have Room for a NightstandSauder 401294 Orchard Hills Full/Queen Bookcase Headboard
Sauder’s Orchard Hills bookcase headboard fits a queen-size bed frame snugly or leaves a bit of space on each side for a full. Constructed of "very sturdy" particle board, the headboard attaches directly to the rails of your frame, providing additional stability while taking up minimum floor space.
The Extra Fancy Bed Storage Space SolutionDHP Dakota Upholstered Platform Bed with Storage Drawers
If throwing boxes under a regular bed frame feels too basic, take a look at the Dakota platform bed with drawers from DHP. It sits on an elegant frame, with an upholstered headboard and two drawers on each side, allowing you to store just about anything in an orderly, efficient manner.
A Small but Powerful Vacuum CleanerVonHaus 2-in-1 Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
The 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner from VonHaus is "not much larger than a broom," but it has more than enough power to keep your entire place clean. You can go over all your floors, just like any other vacuum cleaner, or you can remove the floor vacuum head to turn it into a handheld for cleaning furniture and spills on tables and countertops. When you’re finished, just detach the container and throw away the dust and debris.
A Classic Modern Storage SolutionMISSLO Over the Door Shoe Organizer
Over the door shoe organizers like the one from MISSLO have become classic features in modern home storage design — so simple and obvious, once you think about it. Of course, many people use them for more than shoes. "I have one in my linen closet that I use for medicines, lotions, extra toothpaste, special hair creams — you name it," one reviewer reports. "I've gained an entire shelf for towels."
Keep Your Drawers in OrderSimple Houseware Underwear Organizer Drawers – 4 Piece Set
"No matter how neatly I fold my bras and underwear," one reviewer complains, "they always seem to become a big jumble in the drawer." The solution? Simple Houseware’s organizer set comes with four cases designed to hold ties, scarves, underwear, bras or socks in individual compartments, allowing you to easily spot items at a glance.
Create Shelf Space in Your ClosetSimple Houseware 5-Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer
The hanging closet organizer from Simple Houseware is "easy to set up and super lightweight, but extremely durable," according to a satisfied buyer. When hung on the clothing rod in your closet, the fabric drops down to reveal five shelves, with an extra three pockets on each side.
Store All Your Jewelry in One PlaceAOOU Jewelry Organizer Cabinet and Mirror
Are you constantly hunting through several different boxes on top of your dresser to find the necklace or pair of earrings you need to match an outfit? Maybe you need AOOU’s jewelry cabinet and dressing mirror combo. The full-length mirror on the front opens to reveal enough storage space (including hooks) for just about any jewelry collection, with additional shelves for makeup and perfume.
Take All the Hassle Out of Laundry DaySmart Design Deluxe Mesh Pop-up Square Laundry Hamper
When floor space is at a premium, a full-sized hamper can be a bulky eye-sore. Smart Design’s pop-up hamper can sit unobtrusively next to your dresser or tucked away in the closet. The mesh siding allows damp and sweaty clothes to dry faster, reducing the risk of funky odors.
It’s a Lamp! It’s a Display Case!Simple Designs Home Etagere Organizer Storage Shelf and Floor Lamp
The Etagere floor lamp with shelves from Simple Designs Home is the sort of thing you never think about until somebody points it out — then you can’t get over what a great idea it is. It’s a floor lamp that stands just over 5 feet high and features sleek, sophisticated lines, but it also sports three shelves perfectly spaced for holding a telephone, small planter, cherished figurines and more. In the bedroom, it could easily double as a nightstand and a reading light.
You Can’t Go Wrong with a Good RugHome Dynamix Royalty Clover Contemporary Modern Area Rug
Home Dynamix offers a variety of rugs that feature soft, Persian-inspired decorative motifs in neutral colors. The Royal Clover contemporary rug is one example that blends nicely with nearly any decor. Whether you’re looking for an area rug to pull the living room together, a runner for the hall or a small round rug for the bedroom, the company offers the size you need.
It’s Okay to Drink on the Sofa NowCouchCoaster
If you’re watching TV and you want to enjoy a drink but don’t have a coffee table, what do you do? Maybe it’s time to consider the CoachCoaster, a gadget that fits easily over the arm of your sofa or armchair to provide a secure base for everything from beer cans to coffee mugs.
No More TV Dinner TraysSauder 420011 Dakota Pass Lift-Top Coffee Table
Maybe you’d like to have something to eat while you’re watching the big game. You could put your plate on the coffee table and bend over to eat, or you could hold your plate and risk spilling food on the couch. Sauder’s lift-top coffee table offers a better solution. The table top is actually a lid that raises several inches and slides forward, allowing you to eat — or work — comfortably on the couch with the top in front of you. Underneath, the table has plenty of storage space that is perfect for stashing items you don’t want out in the open.
The Comfortable Way to Sit Up in BedComfortSpa Reading Pillow
Do you spend a lot of time hanging out in your bedroom — reading, watching a movie on your tablet or checking on social media? You could jam a bunch of pillows against your headboard or wall to support your back — or you could get the ComfortSpa reading pillow. A comfortable 18 inches high, the foam pillow provides excellent back support.
The Comfortable Way to Work on Your LapMind Reader LTADJUST-BLK Adjustable Portable Laptop Desk
They call it a laptop computer, but have you ever tried actually holding one in your lap? They sit uncomfortably, and you have to keep your head bent to read the screen, potentially causing back and neck pain. The adjustable laptop desk from Mind Reader takes care of several problems. It’s cushioned along the bottom, so it rests comfortably and smoothly on your legs. The smooth plastic surface can be adjusted to eight different angles, accommodating whatever position you choose, from sitting up to lying on the couch.
Start Your Wine Collection in StyleSorbus Wall Mount Wine Rack
Maybe you want to be a wine connoisseur — but you can’t find anywhere in your cramped kitchen to store more than one bottle. Take a look at the Sorbus wall-mounted wine rack. Many customers describe the rack as "easy to install," although they also recommend that you use longer mounting screws than the screws that come with the product, especially if you’re hanging it on drywall.
Plan Everything Out on Your Fridgecinch! Magnetic Dry Erase Whiteboard Sheet
"We have almost always had a white board on our refrigerator for grocery lists and messages," says one consumer. Another says the magnetic whiteboard from cinch! is "the absolute best one we have ever had." It comes in two sizes (17 inches by 11inches and 20 inches by 13 inches) and includes markers — also magnetized to stick to your fridge — in four different colors.
Declutter Your Pots and PansSimple Houseware Kitchen Cabinet Pan and Pot Lid Organizer
Are you fed up with taking every pan you own out of the cabinet to get to the one pan you need? Maybe it’s time to get rid of your frustration with the Simple Houseware pan rack organizer. Place the rack on its side to hold four pans in a row, or stack five pans horizontally without worrying about scratching them.
Give Your Pantry a Simple, Streamlined LookDRAGONN 10-Piece Airtight Food Storage Container Set
One of the biggest problems with keeping your kitchen organized is everything comes in different size boxes and bags, forcing you to create improvised pyramids on your pantry shelves. DRAGONN’s 10-piece airtight food storage containers set offers an elegant alternative, with containers in a variety of sizes to handle everything from spices to spaghetti.
Have You Ever Looked Under Your Sink?STORAGE MANIAC Under Sink 2-Tier Adjustable Shelf Organizer
When it comes to kitchen storage, the cabinet under the sink is the space most people don’t like to think about. It’s easy to just throw all the bottles of different cleaners in there and slam the door, but the adjustable shelf organizer from STORAGE MANIAC offers a better solution. You can return order to the chaos and make it easy to find what you need when you need it.
Use Your Kitchen Wall to Establish Mise en PlaceWall Control Pegboard Organizer
Great chefs run their kitchens with an impeccable sense of mise en place — the principle that positions everything exactly where you need it before you start so you can prepare any dish smoothly and efficiently. An empty kitchen wall provides a big opportunity to pull essentials together in one easily accessible spot — with the help of Wall Control’s pegboard organizer.
A Colorful Foundation for Food PrepJoseph Joseph 40087 Nest 9 Nesting Bowls Set
A well-stocked kitchen needs an assortment of mixing bowls and measuring tools.
Get All Your Spices in OrderYouCopia Chef's Edition SpiceStack 30-Bottle Spice Organizer
The hard part of becoming a more adventurous home cook isn’t finding unique ingredients — it’s keeping track of them once you pack them away in your pantry. YouCopia’s Chef’s Edition SpiceStack has drawers that slide out from their frame and tilt forward so you can view the contents at a glance. There’s enough room for up to 30 regular-sized spice bottles.
You’ve Got to Hide Your Knives AwayWusthof 8001 Under-Cabinet-Swinger Knife Storage Block
When you’ve got a small kitchen counter, a chunky knife block can take up a lot of valuable space. Wusthof’s under-the-cabinet knife block is the perfect solution, giving you easy access to eight knives (and a honing steel), then swiveling out of the way when you’re done.
No More Fumbling for the ConditionerSimple Houseware Bathroom Hanging Shower Head Caddy Organizer
"This shower caddy is epic!" raves one user who bought Simple Houseware’s hanging shower head organizer. It has a deep basket for shampoo, conditioner and other bottles, with a shelf beneath that can hold razors, sponges and bars of soap, plus hangers for a loofah or a back brush.
Making Bath Time Lots of FunYihoon Mesh Shower Caddy Curtains Organizer
If you don’t feel comfortable hanging a caddy on your shower head, you can always try the mesh shower curtain organizer from Yihoon. It hangs securely on your shower rod or towel rack and has mesh pockets big enough to hold everything you need, from washcloths to shampoo bottles.
Keep Your Cool — and Your QuietLasko T42954 Wind Curve Portable Electric Oscillating Tower Fan
In a small room, every inch of floor space counts. Bulky fans take up too much room — and usually make too much noise. Lasko’s oscillating tower fan stands discreetly in a small space and boasts a woodgrain finish that blends in with most decors.
So Many Cables. So. Many. Cables.Belkin 12-Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector
The TV, the cable box, the DVD player, the video game console, the high-speed modem, the base for the wireless phone — you’ve got tons of devices to plug in and very few outlets. Belkin’s 12-outlet power strip and surge protector can help you keep everything up and running.
Get All Those Cords Out of SightSimpleCord Cable Concealer
Even if you have a power strip big enough to handle all your electronic devices, you still have to deal with all those cords and cables, which can create an unsightly mess along your floor and walls. A few cable concealers from SimpleCord can take care of that problem. The plastic units are designed to blend with most wall colors, leaving a streamlined path from devices to an outlet.