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10 DIY Storage Solutions For Cramped Apartments

Moving into a tiny space can seem like a challenge–and that’s because it is! It can be difficult finding space for all of your possessions and organizing them in a way that’s easy to access and find.

It’s important to get creative with your storage solutions and make sure you’re utilizing all the space available to you. There are tons of DIY hacks and tips floating around online that promise to make the most of your small space. We’ve compiled 10 of the best tricks for finding storage when living in a small apartment. From hanging command hooks in the most random of places to breathing new life into an old piece of furniture, there’s a lot you can do to increase storage without breaking the bank.

While reading these hacks, remember that the best thing you can do for your small space is to stay organized and clutter-free. The more items on the ground, whether they be furniture or not, the more floor-space they’re taking up, which decreases the openness of the space. Likewise, the more clutter you have laying around, the busier your apartment will seem. Use these tips and tricks to make sure you’re living your best mess-free life.

10 Turn Crown Moulding Into A Shoe Rack

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If you’re the type of guy or gal who loves their shoes, then you’re probably struggling hard-core to find space for all of them in your tiny apartment. Shoe racks can take up a lot of floors space and often look cluttered. That’s why we suggest turning your shoe collection into part of your wall art with this clever DIY project.

Simply purchase some crown moulding from any home hardware store and easily attach it to the walls in rows. Then, you can simply hang all of your shoes neatly before your eyes. Not only will this make it easy to keep your shoes organized and track what you own, but it will instantly become part of your home décor. It’s a win-win!

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9 Store Accessories On Shower Curtain Rings

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With a small apartment usually comes a small closet. You need to get creative when finding ways to store all of your clothing and accessories. One genius hack is to line a hanger with shower curtain rings.

That way you can easily hang multiple scarves, tank tops, or ties on a single hanger, which means that it will take up much less space in your tiny closet. Plus, when you need to grab something, it’s easy to take the hanger out and visually see everything in front of you, which is guaranteed to make getting ready a little bit easier.

This hack can free up so much space in your closet that you’ll just have to go shopping!

8 Build A Bookshelf From Old Drawers

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If you want a bookshelf but don’t want to spend a fortune buying one, then build one yourself! A creative way to do so is to build it out of spare drawers. Use the drawers from an old piece of furniture you’re tossing, or ask friends if they have any they’d be willing to spare. If people tend to leave old furniture on the street in your neighbourhood, then definitely see if there are any old drawers to salvage.

The next step is simply hanging the drawers to the wall with the help of a hammer and nails. By putting it on the wall, you won’t be taking up any floor space, so it won’t make your place feel as cramped. If you’re renting, consider using command hooks so that you don't damage the walls. When you’ve got your shelves up, go ahead and decorate them with your favourite books and knick-knacks.

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7 Use A Bulletin Board For Jewellery

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If you’re struggling to find a way to store and display all of your jewellery, then a bulletin board is right for you!

You can easily find tons of bulletin boards in a variety of sizes for cheap on sites like Amazon, or in-person at stores like Target or Wal-Mart. You can either leave the board like as is, or spice it up with some paint, fabric or even contact paper to give it a more aesthetically appealing look. Then, simply hang your bracelets, necklaces, and even earrings using pushpins. Hang it on the wall so it doesn’t take up any precious floor space!

Even if you don’t need somewhere to store jewellery, you can easily use this hack to display anything from ties to tank tops. Just be a little creative!

6 Hide Things Behind Artwork

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If you don’t think you have a lot of wall space for a DIY, then think again. Even if you have artwork covering up the majority of your walls, you can still re-purpose it to make it more organizational than just purely decorative.

To achieve this hack, add hinges to the back of the frame of your favourite artwork or photograph. Then screw the hinges into the wall, so the frame can swing outwards similar to a door. Add command hooks or nails behind the frame so you can store anything from keys to jewellery to other everyday essentials. This hack will literally make your clutter disappear!

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5 Turn Suitcases Into A Nightstand

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If you have extra suitcases in your house, then you better be using them to store items that you don’t need to access every day!

But an even better way to get creative with your suitcase storage is to turn them into part of your décor. Hit up local thrift or consignment stores to find Pinterest-worthy, vintage suitcases. They may look a little beat up at first, but with a bit of cleaning, or even a paint job, it’s easy to breathe the life back into them.

When you’ve found two or three suitcases you’re happy with, simply stack them together beside your bed for funky, DIY side table. Then, you can store things in the suitcases as well as on top!

4 Install A Tension Rod In A Nook

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If you have any odd shaped nooks in your house, then make sure you’re using them to your advantage! Small, odd shaped corners are the perfect place to hang an extension rod or two to make extra clothing storage.

Pick up a couple small rods online on Amazon or in person at any home hardware store. A few screws or nails later and you’ll have easily installed it on your wall. Then, you can hang anything from your clothing to shoes on it for additional closet space. Plus, so long as you keep it organized, this will instantly become a décor piece in your home.

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3 Hang Floating Shelves

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If you’re struggling to find space for all of your knick-knacks, then consider creating your own! Floating shelves are an easy way to add shelving without adding any additional furniture to your space.

You can find floating shelves and the necessary hardware for installation online on Amazon, or in-person at any home hardware store. It should only take a few screws and minimum effort to hang the shelves to the wall and will create very little damage. In the end, you’ll have a ton more storage either to display your possessions or to get the clutter out of the way.

If you’re renting your property, check with your landlord before adding any floating shelving. Chances are they’ll be more than happy to give you the go-ahead since you’ll be adding value to the property.

2 Command Hook Your Closet Door

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The key to making a small space work is utilizing all of the space. Yes, that means even your closet door! If your door allows, we suggest putting a bunch of command hooks all over it to store clothes and accessories. This is a great way to store clothing that you’ve worn but don’t want to wash –and avoid simply cluttering your floor!

If your closet door won’t allow for easily accessible command hooks, then you can still re-create the hack on any other door in your apartment, from your bedroom to bathroom door. Or, you can even put command hooks directly on your wall to act as a makeshift clothing rack that won’t take up any floor space.

1 Re-Purpose Old Shoe Boxes

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Collapsible boxes are amazing for extra storage and can be kept anywhere from under the bed, to the bottom of your closet, or even on a bookshelf. But there’s no need to run out and buy a bunch of storage boxes when you can DIY them yourself.

Simply begin saving all of the boxes that come your way! Old shoe boxes or boxes from Amazon or other online orders are ideal. Cover them in wrapping paper or contact paper to make them a bit more aesthetically pleasing, or just use them as is. Then, you can store anything from clothing to holiday décor in them, and it won’t cost you a single penny!

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