Posts Tagged 'storage'

Smart solutions for tight spaces

After over 2 years of dating, two of my good friends are taking the next step and moving in together. Of course I couldnt be more happy for them, but immediately my mind began buzzing with solutions for their new cohabitation. You see, the space they are moving into is a studio and albeit a nice size, (in fact its about the same size as the 1 bedroom I share with my boyfriend) it will still require some creative solutions for maximizing their space. Here are some design solutions and neat products that could help anyone trying to make the most of limited space…while still looking chic of course.

Picture Table

Nice normal table which in a very sleek way attaches to the way. Cool huh? Oh it gets better.

Bam! Didnt see that one coming did you? The table/picture frame is designed by IvyDesign and is meant to function as a kitchen table but can easily be folded up to create extra space when needed.

While the concept isnt new, I do applaud the beautiful design of IvyDesign’s Picture Table. If someone wanted they could even make their own by securely hinging a table to the wall and having hinges on the legs.

Craft Pod/Instant Workstation

From the wonderful site, Ikea Hacker comes this great idea for creating a expanding and collapsing craft pod or workstation.

When it comes to living with your partner, you need to make sure both people have a space to call their own. With my friends that are moving in together, he already lives in the apartment and has a desk set up, but his girlfriend will need a space of her own. I love this idea because it can easily fold up and sit against a wall but when she needs to work on her computer or craft, she can pull it out and roll up a chair and shes good to go!

Bookcase Room Divider

Its a common solution but hey, its common for a reason, it works! Studios especially often need to be divided so that if one person is staying up later than the other, they dont have to worry about disturbing them. While you can do some beautiful dividers with curtains, they dont provide much function. When living in a tight space, creating storage is always key, so using a slim bookcase as a room divider is the perfect fix!

Wonder Hangers

Ok I know youve all seen the latenight infomericals for these hangers, but let me tell you these actually work! I use a bunch of these in my closet and its given me twice the space (which I promptly filled up with twice the clothes). Sharing a closet can always be tricky and girls often have a lot of items that need to be hung up, so these can be a real life saver.

My only tip would be to organize your clothes into categories to make it easier to sort. For example, I’ll use one set all for dresses, another for sweaters and another for dress shirts.

You can pick these up online or at Bed Bath and Beyond.

So those are just a few solutions I came up with today. Im going to keep brainstorming ideas for small spaces and posting cool products as I see them. If you have any small space solutions please send them my way!

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seanalyn

Next-gen shelves

I was trolling Apartment Therapy today and came across a really interesting article on future shelving.

Aside from some interesting shapes theres really no way to upgrade or improve on shelves…or so I thought. Sung-Pil Hwang from the Nothing Design Group has created these prototypes which would plug into light sockets and not only emanate light but charge your different portable devices.

I think this is such a great design concept, they are not only chic in appearance but they are also very practical and functional. My boyfriend and I have a plethora of portable devices from gaming systems to ipods and they are always scattered about the house charging on various plugs. This shelf would be great to not only clean up that mess but provide storage for magazine, books, plants, etc all while looking very hip. Hopefully they will perfect this concept and get these on the market asap!

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Rock Band Ottoman

Earlier today my friend John Davison posted up a really cool link on his website What They Play for a Rock Band Ottoman and I am totally in love with this thing!


Its called the AK Rock Box Gaming and Storage Ottoman with Drum Lift and its the perfect way to store all your Rock Band goodies without cluttering up your living room. Living in San Francisco and being a gamer means I have tons of junk and little space. At this moment Cesar and I have a drum set bellow our bed along with 2 guitars and another two guitars and drum set out in the living room (I think we’ll be downsizing to only one set total soon). Id much rather store them in this sleek little box than have them shoved under a bed. Plus Im sure my cat would enjoy being able to hide under the bed again. The storage unit retails for about $183 on Amazon and comes with free shipping.

[via What They Play]

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