Expert Advice: 6 Ways to Achieve Extra Storage In Your Small Space

Add secret drawers and cabinets to your existing furniture


Condo dwellers and many homeowners are faced with the dilemma of not having enough storage space at home. Admittedly, every additional square inch for storage counts while properly selected furniture and a well-planned layout can make a huge difference. Double up your furniture as storage pieces with the help of these ideas:

Main photos from: With Kendra and S7D3.

Multipurpose furniture is the way to go—for both built-in and freestanding types. Your chosen pieces can be used for its primary purpose while serving as storage, too. Custom-made or built-in furniture are preferable because aside from being able to alter their sizes you can also have them designed for storage purposes as well.

Drawers and cabinets are commonly used as add-on storage for any type of furniture—tables, seating, and even sleeping pieces.

Photo from Interior Junkie.

Not a usual application compared to drawers in work or side tables, shallow drawers within your dining table can hold placemats, cutlery, and table napkins. Some dining table designs can also house a pedestal in the middle that features cabinet storage or open shelving which can serve as a wine rack.

Photo from Core 77.

A dining bench can also have additional storage space like drawers designed below the seat. An alternative would be to have open shelving in place of drawers in order to add more decorative elements like baskets and books as well.

Photo from With Kendra.

The underside of your bed can also be maximized as storage space—especially when storing bed linens and bath towels. Bed designs can have drawers on one or two sides of the bed only as the remaining space in between is needed for the bed framing and support. While drawers are more accessible, some may prefer hidden storage inside the bed box which requires you to remove the mattress on top for access. 

Photo from S7D3.

Headboards can also serve as storage, like those kinds with a flip-type ledge that hold more space inside to stash extra pillows and bigger bedroom items.

Photo from Noted List via Pinterest.

Be on the look out for off-the-floor pieces that double as storage if customization is not an option. Items like ottomans, sofas, and coffee tables have a variation of storage solutions which are available locally. You can find these types of furniture from local depots like Wilcon, CW Home Depot, and All Home. If you're planning to visit furniture shops, make sure you drop by Our Home and Landmark, to name a few.

Photo from Hometalk.

Interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila is an alumna of the University of the Philippines and is one of the go-to designers for the Real Living Makeovers. You can get in touch with her through e-mail: vera.villarosa[at]



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