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Smart Storage Ideas

Space-maximizing, clutter-minimizing solutions, products and projects.

This former coat closet became a pantry just steps from the fridge | Photo: Ryan Kurtz

A Total DIY Kitchen Redo in the Same Footprint

Smart kitchen storage solution: a glass rack. Use the underside of open shelves to store wine glasses and champagne flutes. Similar to shown: Oak Undercabinet Stemware Rack from @The Container Store

28 Ways to Customize Your Kitchen for Less

Deep drawers under this window seat hold table linens and picnicware. On either end are cabinets stocked with treats for the family's pets, who know exactly where to find them. | Photo: Mark Lohman

A Kitchen With the Same Old Footprint, Bold New Design

An old dresser sandwiched between matching bookshelves can give you the look of a ready-made ensemble at a fraction of the cost. The secret: Tying them together with a rich finish gives the impression of a single unit. Shown here: maple wood pieces stained in Minwax PolyShades Walnut.

10 Fun Furniture Makeovers

Rather than have a lot of canisters taking up valuable counter space, create drawers precisely measured to fit commercial stainless steel containers (available from restaurant supply stores) for your many flours, rices, grains, and other dry goods. | Photo: William Waldron

Kitchen Open for Business
  • reba kennedy

    How heavy do these drawers get? And are these containers air-tight? How easy to access those in the back of the drawer? I think I'll stick with my canister set.

Help the eye flow by installing a custom shelf that fits under the sink and over the toilet. You'll barely even notice the exposed plumbing underneath. (But if you do, it matches the other fixtures.)

23 Savvy and Inspiring Small Bath Designs

Simple, cottage-style beadboard media-cabinet doors conceal a flat-screen. | Photo: Laura Moss

A Seaside Cottage Looks Small, Lives Large

Nice kitchen dinnerware storage and display detail by REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder.

House of Turquoise: REEF Cape Cod’s Home Builder

Eradicate the need for cumbersome storage furniture by building in bureaus that blend in beautifully with the vanity. | Photo: Susan Seubert

23 Savvy and Inspiring Small Bath Designs

Two bedrooms became a master suite with a dressing closet and a separate walk-in closet. The custom island has a marble top, drawers, and fluted pilasters. A Victorian pier table and mirrored dresser are period-appropriate touches.

Period-Perfect Farmhouse is All in the Details

Whether you don't have enough closets or need a better way of organizing the space you have, this customizable PAX wardrobe from IKEA could be the answer to your dreams.

PAX Wardrobe - IKEA

We're loving this affordable, clutter-busting FINTORP storage system from IKEA. Great for craft rooms, home offices or kitchens.


This clever nightstand has a secret! Space for a power strip and easy access to run the plug to the nearest outlet. Great for keeping your electronics charged and close at hand! Just $29.99 from IKEA. |

SELJE Nightstand - IKEA

A built-in nook tucked under the roofline provides snoozing space as well as storage

A Farmhouse Renewed with Grit and Polish