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Clever Ways to Make the Most of a Small Space

By: Liz Gray
November 25, 2014

Think there's no more room? See how contractor Chip Wade, host of HGTV's Elbow Room finds solutions to make everything magically fit.

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Hidden Storage

This family's tiny kitchen entryway was cluttered with everything from bottles of wine to coats to soccer cleats. Chip's solution? Install back-to-back storage units that slide out when you need them, then magically disappear into the wall. Clutter, meet your match.

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Party-Ready Seating

You don’t need a huge dining area to host a great dinner party. Banquette seating on both sides of this family’s small dining room holds 10-12 guests in the same space as a dining table for a group half that size. Plus, it’s comfortable enough that guests will linger here after the meal.

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Room With a View

Building cabinets that are flush with the ceiling provides ample storage space for dishes while still allowing room for an open wall overlooking the entryway. This creates the illusion of extra space.

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Now You See it, Now You Don't

In a multipurpose room, a coffee table can be a space-hogging nuisance. Chip made it easy to adapt this combination lounge and workout room by installing a built-in coffee table that retracts into the floor at a touch of the button. Plus, the durable surface material means that the homeowners don’t have to worry about scratching the tabletop while they hit the treadmill.

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