Whether you rent a 1,000 square foot 3-bedroom apartment or a 450 square foot studio, knowing how to utilize your space is important. While there are undoubtedly many containers and furniture options with built-in storage available, sometimes the most aesthetically pleasing and efficient storage ideas come from exercising creativity. Thanks to the Tiny Home Movement, there are a multitude of neat ideas online to explore, but below are a few of our favorites to help get you started.

If you have limited kitchen cupboard space, consider hanging up a pegboard to hang pots and pans or cooking utensils. Hanging a pegboard in your bedroom can serve as a chic way to display accessories, decorations or desk supplies.   

Go vertical with shoe storage like an over the door shoe rack or a narrow shoe tower. Both options look more organized than 12 pairs of shoes stacked on top of each other in a single boot tray by the front door.

Build up storage space on the walls by installing shelves, cubbies and hooks. Don’t be afraid to add shelving up higher also, like above your bedroom door! 

Take advantage of window sills if you’re struggling to find a place to display trinkets, decorations and plants. A hanging plant shelf that can be mounted to the window is another stylish way to display your plants and it won’t take up any floor space.

Use baskets or cubes to keep clutter to a minimum. By placing these decorative storage units in a location like above pantry cupboards, in a shelving unit, or under a bench, your decorating will appear intentional, neat and orderly.    

Select seating that serves multiple functions, like benches, ottomans, and chests with hidden compartments.