Thursday, July 11, 2013

Design Inspiration: Small Spaces

I've been doing lots of research {if you can call searching on Pinterest research...} for smart design ideas for small apartments. I'm only a month and a half away from moving into my new lofted studio and it doesn't have much closet or cabinet space at all, so I'll need to get creative with the space in order to fit all my clothes {and shoes and bags and jewelry!} Luckily I have super high ceilings, so I'll be able to store things upwards, but I still need some inspiration on how to keep things organized but looking cute. Below are some of the great ideas I've found - do you have any tips for living in a small space? I'd love to hear them in your comments below!

Use a wine rack to hold your towels in the bathroom - saves space in the closet and drawers!

Hang up a big shoe rack on the back of your closet door.

Add an entryway with shelving, cubbies and hooks for additional storage.

Turn a corner of your room into a "non-closet closet" or dressing area with a hanging bar and shelving if you can't fit all your clothes in one spot!

Put shelving unit in the lofted area of your space for even more storage {and don't leave the walls up there bare!}

Repurpose an old drawer and use it as a shelf in your bathroom for all of your toiletries!

Buy an island with cabinets and hooks to hang your wine glasses so you can maximize space in the kitchen area.

Take the drawers out of an old dresser, paint it a fun color and use cubby bins to keep things out of sight. {I could definitely do this for all of my crafting materials!}

all images not linked were found on Pinterest with no direct source.


  1. Searching on Pinterest is totally research :) excited to see what design ideas you use!

  2. I live in an apartment and I don't have a lot of closet space either. These are great storage ideas!

    The Tiny Heart

  3. You have found some great ideas here - love the wine rack for towels - clever! Just catching up on your posts after my holiday!

  4. Ooh, I love the wine rack/towel rack idea! We recently had guests and I just stacked the towels on the bathroom counter. A rack would be so much better looking!

  5. I'm moving next week and I'm already stressing about the small space! At home, I have two big closets but now I have to share a tiny, tiny one with my boyfriend- ahh!

  6. That shelving unit in the entry way would look so cute with some bead boarding placed in the back and some cute little door knob pegs to hang jackets and bags! Love your ideas!
    Also, I took a cheap shelving unit from Target ($20) and added some cute little canvas baskets like this for my clothes because I too live in an apartment that is already furnished and the dresser drawers don't work and I have little room for storage.

    Erin Leigh

  7. Great ideas for the plethora of us that decorate within confined means! Love this Amy :)

  8. Those are all such cute ideas! I love the entryway shelving! It's great that your new place will have high ceilings, makes it feel so much more open! Where are you moving to?

  9. Those are fantastic ideas! I love the towel/wine rack idea. :)

    xo - Sheila

  10. Such great inspiration Amy!! I love the wine rack towels and the non-closet/closet. I have a feeling I will be doing that wherever my next place is :) xx

  11. We live in a small apartment too so I totally hear you when you're worried about finding a way to store all your clothes! We added extra shelving in our walk in closet to maximize the space and we try to keep things in pretty boxes that we can stack as to use up as much vertical storage as we can. I definitely think you're well on your way to coming up with some great storage ideas!

    xo jen
    Pearls & Lace

  12. I love the idea of hanging some of your prettiest dresses out in the open! Honestly, I was so worried about my little storage space, but now I'm used to it! You have some great ideas here!

  13. I shoylg get that shoe shelve inside the door!


  14. Oh my gosh i could not live without my kitchen cart. It is so essential with tiny apartment counter space. I've always loved the wine rack towel holder idea too!!


  15. i love these ideas! I've seen a few on Pinterest too :)


  16. I have been in my apartment for two years but am currently strug-strug-struggling with keeping it organized lately! Thinking it may have to do with my shopping addiction/failure to purge. But I DID just get a unit like that last photo, and am so excited to start organizing things with it!
    xx, Emily
    shell chic'd

  17. I love all of these ideas! Pinterest is the best for research ;)


  18. i had a hard time downsizing from our house to our 1 bedroom loft when we moved out here... but your new place will be totally worth it. can't wait to see it - i am inviting myself over for some tea :)