Mind the Gap!
Even that slimmest of slim corners of the kitchen can be transformed into a storage boon. At only 4 inches wide, this DIY cabinet perfectly houses spices, oils, and more. You can knock this pull-out together this weekend with some wood boards, dowels, castors, and this tutorial. While it's safe to store most foods next to a fridge, avoid storing canned goods on a shelf like this, and keep them in cool pantry or cupboard instead.
A simple box is transformed into a secret storage solution that will fit right into the shelves of your personal library. Collect old and broken textbooks and novels, remove the spines, then hot-glue them to one side of the box. Now your bookcase can be more versatile than ever!
The trim work on this mantel looks like it’s just for show. But upon closer inspection you’ll find that it frames the doors to several secret compartments, hidden behind the structure. Designed by Covert Concepts, it's perfect for storing valuables, fireplace accessories—or simply around-the-house junk, when surprise guests come calling.
Who knew that stair risers could conceal such ingenious storage compartments? Hire a cabinetmaker or handyman to retrofit slide-out drawers under each step, and suddenly you'll have a storage for all those pairs of shoes piling up at the foot of the staircase.
Use Every Inch
From baubles to trinkets, you can easily (and secretly) stash just about anything behind the door of this classic mirror frame. The best part? Everything you need to get ready after your morning shower is within arm's reach.
Seating and More
Under the Stairs
Up and Away
Use Architectural Elements
If you have any decorative beams or other architectural details in your home, consider cutting a small door into them that can open to provide small, but likely-to-get-noticed storage areas. In this example from Harrison Interiors, a decorative obelisk in the yard not only conceals garden tools above—but the central air conditioning unit below!
Art | Harrison Interiors & Collection courtesy of Houzz
Towel Bar Handle
The area around a towel rack in the bathroom tends to be a bit of a “dead zone.” You can turn it back into useable storage space for small toiletries by hinging the part of the wall to which it’s attached. Make sure the closures are heavy duty so that the towel doesn’t accidentally open the door.
Studio Garneau courtesy of Houzz
Behind the TV
Behind this TV are all the electronics that can junk up the space around the screen. Mounted to a wooden board, the TV lifts up on hinges to reveal a built-in cubby housing the cable box, DVD associated wires. That’s a slick trick, indeed!
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