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5 Spots Where You Can Squeeze in Extra Shelves

In a tiny home, having extra storage options are important

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Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

We've said it many times before—storage is crucial in any home. In small spaces, it can be quite difficult to squeeze in extra storage nooks and homeowners often have a hard time finding ample storage units—especially when options are limited.


After making the most of your cabinets and drawers, the next best option is shelving. While you can easily install shelves on blank walls, it's a must that you carefully consider where you place them. Here are ideas that can help you get the extra storage space you need without sacrificing valuable room:

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1. Under the stairs

If you live in a compact apartment or a bi-level condo unit, one of the best places to look for storage space is beneath the short flight of steps. Maximize this awkward spot by adding floating shelves or built-in cabinets. Depending on the size of the area, you can even carve out an office nook!

READ: Build A Home Office Under the Stairs

2. Above your bed


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As an alternative to side tables you can place next to your bed, built-in shelves can help you keep your favorite things accessible while adding pizzazz to your personal space. Take your cue from the photo above by opting for display shelves that can hold a couple of books, your collection, and even potted plants. You can keep it simple with wall-mounted shelves as well. Make sure these are properly installed to avoid accidents.

3. Awkward spaces


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It’s common for smaller homes to have awkward corners and spaces throughout. This could be anything from a protruding column, a wall that’s not angled perfectly, or a nook that’s too little to fit anything in. Install shelves that you can use to display photographs, prints, succulents, and other plants that can help purify the air.

4. Corners


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Corners are the least likely place you’ll think to put storage in—nobody would think there’s enough room for shelving. Fortunately, there are corner shelves available in the market that can fit perfectly in these spaces. Visit hardware stores and home stores to look for options you can work with. Once your corner shelves are installed, you can put photos on display and other collectibles.

READ: 3 Ways to Utilize Corner Shelves

5. Unused nooks

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Although it isn’t technically shelving, rolling carts or trolleys are practically low shelving that you can move around your space. Since its mobile, it’s not an obstacle you have to avoid around the house plus you can roll it wherever you need it. This is great in a work room or in the kitchen where you need to move around a lot.

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