Tips for Decorating Small Spaces

From the laundry room to the hallways, there are several commonly-small spaces that can be tricky to decorate. Often times, these spaces need to accommodate storage and organization, and making these busy areas look great and function well for your needs is an art form. Make the most of even the small spaces of your home with the following tips…

Think Up & Down.

Instead of adding another bookcase or cabinet to take up even more space in an already tiny room, consider adding shelving above your existing built-ins, going all the way up to the ceiling. You can take advantage of this ‘dead’ space with cute baskets or bins, where you should store rarely-used items such as off-season apparel and accessories (i.e. gloves and skiing gear), camping equipment, etc. Make the most of your closet space by adding shelves or even a dresser below your hanging items, so that you have even more storage space.

Look for Functional Versatility.

The laundry room is a very busy place when you’re doing chores, but it’s also a very underutilized space a lot of the time. Maximize your work space with a front-loading washer and dryer, topped with a counter for stain treating, sorting, and folding. And look for space savers that offer functional versatility, such as a drying rack that unfolds from a wall mount – it’s tidily put away while you’re working, but dries delicate clothing safely when it’s stretched out and you don’t need to use the room.

Take Advantage of Nooks & Crannies.

Even with the most thoughtfully designed floorplan, every home has a few spaces that are underutilized. For example, many homes have space underneath the stairs that can be converted into fantastic storage areas. Also, most older kitchens have odd-shaped cupboards that don’t offer reasonable storage space for pantry foods or crockery, so you can convert them into tall slide-out drawers for quick, convenient access to spices, canned foods, and baking ingredients.

Looking for more ideas? Don’t miss Elle Decor’s small space solutions collection and 9 rules you should break in a small space.

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