Are you looking for hidden storage spaces in your home? With a small house, I have to be creative in every room. As the kids get bigger and my house seems to get smaller, it is even more crucial that I make my storage space count. This post shares the four ways I found storage spaces in my home. I designed and developed these areas in my house to have more storage space.
Four surprising hidden spaces to use for storage
Tip 1: Adding storage to the bathroom
Built-in Bathroom Cubbies:
I love this idea! In a bump-out wall that only had one 4-inch pipe in it, we were able to make cubbies for knickknacks and towels! We made a wooden box and added a frame around it to support the box to the studs and then painted it and added moulding. Looks great, right? It gives the allusion to a wider space instantly and adds much-needed storage.
Tip 2: Adding storage under stairs.
Under the stairs storage area:
We built out a wall (to line it up to the other wall) and as a result, created a great storage space under the steps. We installed a door, and now it holds my extra party supplies. Because we have a staircase that wraps around, it gave us even wider storage than a straight staircase.
Tip 3: Adding storage to the garage.
Above our narrow single-car attached garage, we created attic space.
We inforced the flooring with 2 x 6-inch studs and added flooring to reinforce the space. In a newer home, the house is framed with 2 x 4-inch studs. If you want to use attic space, it needs to be 2 x 6-inch studs. By reinforcing attic flooring studs in this area, it allowed us to store holiday decorations and other things, like coolers, that we only use seasonally. We also installed drop-down steps and flooring, and now it keeps a lot of stuff!
Tip 4: Adding storage to an unfinished basement
We built with metal studs walls around the heater and hot water heater area which were placed by themselves on one side of the basement.
We added two doors, one for the heater side and one for the hot water heater side. By doing this it added a place for long-term storage, and room for supplies in there. We were also able to add a bookshelf to hold books and other reference material.
When looking for space in your home, make a small hole in the wall and make sure nothing is blocking the space you need. There may be wires, piping, and other things that you don't want to cut. If you see something, patch up the wall and try a different area. Always remember to measure twice and cut once before taking action. Happy hunting for those hidden storage spaces!
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