Smart Storage Solutions

Disguised Cabinets
Photo: Helen Norman

Free up space and avoid clutter in areas like the kitchen and laundry room with these clever household storage solutions.

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Disguised Cabinets

Disguised Cabinets
Helen Norman

Framed family photos that act as cabinet doors disguise ample storage for dinnerware.

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Paper Towel Cubby

Paper Towel Cubby

For a discrete and convenient paper towel roll location, remove a drawer and install a paper towel holder in its place.

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Storage Island

Add a Storage and Organizing Island
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

To keep large and unattractive laundry baskets off the floor, this homeowner custom-designed shelving inside the island in the laundry room. The functional baskets are used to separate laundry loads. The storage island also doubles as a folding area for clothes coming right out of the dryer.

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Functional Foyer

Functional Foyer
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Just because an entryway is used, doesn't mean it has to look cluttered or drab. These bright shades hide away bins of shoes and toys while adding a nice pop of color.

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Mudroom Storage

Mudroom Storage
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Custom open built-ins and closed closets provide ample space in this hardworking mudroom.

  • Video: Tour the Mudroom
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Floor-To-Ceiling Storage

Floor-To-Ceiling Storage
Photo: Erica George Dines

Open shelves for cookbooks and dishes are mixed with closed cabinets in this walk-in pantry. A wine fridge and countertops offer extra storage and prep space.

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Pull-Out Pantry

Pull-Out Pantry
Photo: Annie Schlechter

A pull-out pantry component can help take advantage of an awkward slender space.

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Hidden Cutting Board

Hidden Cutting Board
Photo: Annie Schlechter

A slide out cutting board cleverly adds work surface to a kitchen.

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Corner Shelves

Corner Shelves
Photo: Roger Davis

Corner shelves can be an efficient use of a sometimes awkward space. The brackets supporting these shelves are local architectural salvage pieces that add character to the kitchen.

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Hidden Work Surface

Hidden Work Surface
Photo: Charles Walton IV

An additional work surface is hidden in cabinetry with false cabinet fronts.

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Produce Bins

Produce Bins
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Vented produce bins can be used to store produce that doesn't require refrigeration.

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Tool Rail

Tool Rail

A tool rail over the cooktop keeps utensils at an easy reach.

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Open Pantry Shelves

Open Pantry Shelves

Using baskets and buckets to store dry food items help keep an open pantry looking neat and functional.

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Vertical Plate Storage

Vertical Plate Storage
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

A vertical plate storage rack helps prevent dishes from chipping.

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Recycling Center

Recycling Center

A small recycling center in the kitchen makes it easy to be green. Having a separate bin for glass, paper, plastic, and tin will make sorting a breeze.

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Base Cabinet Drawers

Base Cabinet Drawers

Base cabinets with sliding shelves make it easier to see and reach items in the back of the cabinet.

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Add Vintage Storage Space

Add Vintage Storage Space

Not enough built-ins? Use vintage cabinets or hutches for added storage.

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Hanging Pot Rack

Hanging Pot Rack

Hang a pot rack over the island for easily accessible cookware.

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Appliance Garage

Appliance Garage

Install electrical outlets inside cabinets, and keep small appliances inside for a less cluttered countertop.

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Wine Rack

Wine Rack

Slender spaces like compartments under the kitchen island are perfect for storing bottles of wine.

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Window Space

Window Space

You can utilize the space across the window by installing tool rails or shelves.

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Vertical Space

Vertical Space

Add dividers in tall, narrow cabinets to create perfectly-sized storage sections for flat items like cookie sheets, cooling racks, and paper grocery sacks.

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Linen Storage

Linen Storage

Several shallow drawers are ideal for storing linens. Add them to a cabinet that is near the dining space for extra convenience.

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Designate Spaces

Designate Spaces for Organization
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

This well-organized multipurpose laundry room designates separate areas for gift wrapping, odds and ends storage, and laundry. The canvas cubes all in the same shade of blue keep the room looking spick-and-span.

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Open Island

Open Island
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

An open island gives quick visual access to pots and pans.

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Multiple Bedside Shelves

Multiple Bedside Shelves
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

A second shelf for reading materials leaves more space for a wide based lamp and keeps the top of the bedside table clutter free.

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Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Hide utilitarian features by choosing a cabinet with a pullout waste bin and adding an outlet to the back of a cabinet for the microwave.

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Built-In Shelf

Built-In Shelf
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Leigh Anne Montgomery

Built-in beds are a smart use of space in a small room. You can add storage in the headboard with shelves.

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Compact Laundry Space

Compact Laundry Space
Photo: Charles Walton IV

Disguised behind what looks like a kitchen pantry, this compact washer and dryer fits snugly into a nook in the kitchen. Cabinets above the washer and dryer can be used to organize detergent, dryer sheets, and other laundry essentials.

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Ironing Station

Create an Ironing Station
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Keep all ironing supplies in one convenient place. Many big box stores carry stow-away ironing board systems that can be easily hidden behind a cabinet door or over-the-door iron and board hangers that are designed to hold any style of ironing board. Look for units that have a shelf to store spray starch and other supplies.

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Double-Duty Island

Double-Duty Island
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The room's size didn't allow for a freestanding dining table. A lower, custom-built extension of the island in a dark natural wood provides the ideal solution.

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Suspended Shelves

Suspended Shelves
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Open backed shelves are great for small kitchens. Install them in front of windows for extra storage while still allowing light to come in.

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