9 Ways to Stretch Your Storage

Use cabinets, cubbies and shelving in creative ways to optimize your storage needs when space is tight.

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Grab Wasted Space

Utilize an awkward space under stairs for cabinets, desk space or shelving for storing various home and work essentials. Photo courtesy of California Closets

Look to the Corner

Rail shelves cleverly take advantage of open corner wall space for displaying framed photos and small toys in this young boy's bedroom. Photo courtesy of Room & Board

Go Vertical

In a small-sized kitchen, use the space above your cabinets for serving dishes, cookbooks or seasonal items you don't use every day. Photography by Jean Allsopp

Build It In

In this small attic bedroom, drawers were incorporated into an L-shaped window seat to house an assortment of things, including extra linens and wool blankets for the cold winter months.

Raise the Bar

This compact bar unit with open cubbies for wine bottles, a fold-down shelf for preparing drinks, and a drawer and cabinet for closed storage makes small-space entertaining easy. Photo courtesy of Room & Board

Think Creatively

Usually found in a living room or bedroom, leaning bookcase shelves can be a great way to display spices, plants and cooking equipment in a small kitchen. Photo courtesy of Room & Board

Take Storage to the Next Level

Look for available wall space in high-traffic areas throughout your house. This staircase features a cubby system built for storing everyday essentials. Photo courtesy of California Closets

Divide Space

In this attic apartment a cubby system with open storage and baskets stores T-shirts and socks, displays memorabilia, and acts as a room divider between the living and sleeping spaces. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Reach Overhead

An open shelf above the sink integrated with closed cabinets adds extra storage in this smaller kitchen. Photo courtesy of KraftMaid