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12 Secret Storage Spots

Need extra storage space? You can easily turn areas around the house as storage hotspots

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From pockets under your bed to the space under the stairs --- there are areas within the home that you can turn into instant storage spots. Read on and start utilizing these spaces:

Dual Purpose Dividers Dividers can serve as both space definer and storage spot in small apartments, especially studio units. See how the freestanding bookshelves in this unit separate the sleeping area from the living room.
Kitchen Wonders The spot beneath your kitchen shelves is just enough for the addition of another skinny shelf that would fit small bowls and glasses.
Under the Sink The space under your lavatory in a tiny bathroom is just right for stashing towels and toilet paper. Choose a sink pedestal with built-in shelving.
Handy Platforms Having a raised bedroom platform means an entire room-full of extra storage. You'll simply raise the hidden "lids" to get your stuff.
Use the Unused Rooms You may convert unused rooms into a perfect storage spot. You can install shelves and cubbies to organize your things.
Maximize your coffee table. Most of us place a baul as a coffee table in the living room. Remember its original use – and make it do double duty as storage.
Wonder Window There’s always an awkward space above a low window. You may install storage shelves instead, like what Arlene Maslog did above her third-floor attic window.
Secret Bed Pockets Designer Anna Leah Hernandez built pockets into a bed base to accommodate woven storage baskets, which is a more attractive alternative to the usual under-bed drawers.
Under the Stairs Bring it back to life by building a shoe cabinet in that spot, or placing a low chest of drawers, like what designer Grace Moslares did in this makeover.
Recycle! Is your closet filled with empty shoeboxes, perfume boxes, or canisters? Instead of throwing them away, use them as catchalls for loose things like fashion accessories or toiletries.
Beneath a Gallinera Chair Old, Filipino gallinera benches and chairs always have an empty, cosseted space underneath the seat – originally meant to keep live chickens. Use these to corral your living room clutter instead.
Reuse that Vintage Record Place Daki Fernando repurposed an old, busted record player into a buffet cabinet in his hallway – a nice, offbeat way of stashing things.
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