9 Stunning Space Saving Features for Small Homes and Apartments

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Not many of us live in a Downton Abbey-esque grand home with the luxury of tons and tons of space to spare. In fact, the trend today seems to be downsizing. And that can be a great thing, as long as you can still pack function into your trimmed down square footage. With that in mind, here are nine great space saving features to consider adding to your home or apartment. Heck, even if you do have some space to spare, these ideas can add some awesome storage options and oomph to your décor.
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1. Put in a pocket door.

The swing of a door can subtract valuable room from whatever space it passes through. A great, classic and always popular work-around is installing a  pocket door. Almost any door can be used in a pocket, so go for something  vintage or unique.
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2. Murphy Beds are a must in space conserving situations.

Move over room hogging, hefty beds!  Murphy beds are a comfortable, cost-effective and super cool space-saving solution. Use some gorgeous high-end sheets ( modal bedding is one VERY comfortable choice).
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3. Create a “Cloffice”

No room for a dedicated office? Steal some space from a wardrobe and create a hideaway workstation where your mess can be easily contained behind the doors when not in use. Learn how to make your own wardrobe office  here, or more ideas for a wardrobe space  here.
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4. Become a fan of all things “floating”

Wall mounted furnishings can be a big space saver. Not only can they be very petite, but they visually reduce the footprint of many typically bulkier pieces of furniture because they lack legs.  Floating nightstands and  floating bathroom vanities are two great places to start. Either can be purchased OR DIY’ed given the right supplies.
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5. More Doors - Sliding “barn” door or door on rail system

Pocket door too technical for you to take on? What about a door on a sliding rail? This type of door also saves valuable room space that would otherwise be taken up by the door swing. Plus, the look is very popular to boot!
Just like with the pocket door, any door can be used to make a slider. Buy the  hardware kit, then DIY your own barn style door!
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6. Make use of the area under your stairs!

When space is at a premium, make every nook and cranny count. That includes the space under your stairs! Install some  shelving, perhaps. Maybe  hooks and a small  storage bench. There are many options, but the best one for you will depend on the dimensions you have to work with and your biggest need in terms of functionality.
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Or use the space to make into a playhouse for the kids!
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7. Hanging pot rack

Lacking storage space in your small kitchen? Look to the ceiling. Hang a  pot rack and free up some premium drawer and cabinet space for other kitchen items. Pot racks are great not only for pots/pans, but also your favourite cooking utensils. Not only is it a stylish solution, but also it’s very convenient access to all of your most used kitchen wares. 
Want something slightly more original than the standard fare? How about using a vintage ladder as a hanging pot rack? And don't be afraid to think outside the box: in the image above, the ladder is being used as an indoor laundry rack!
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8. The B side of your doors!

The backside of a door is a fantastic spot to add some extra storage room and there are many options on the market for products that will give you this space easily and cost-effectively (search  door storage).
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9. Storage on Wheels

When space is at a premium, sometimes storage on wheels can create the maximum flexibility and nowhere is this possibly more appealing than in the kitchen. If your kitchen is too teeny for a big fancy island, perhaps a  storage cabinet on wheels can provide the same function, for likely a much lower price. Plus, when you’re planning a party and need that extra foot traffic space in your kitchen, simply roll the portable island away…or how about to your outdoor space to be used as a bar cart during your shindig. The possibilities are endless!
Plus, almost any piece of furniture could become a rolling island. Simply add  castors, (see above image) as this homeowner did with a dresser and you’re in business.
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Need some more ideas? Follow us at Remodelaholic(.)com, @Remodelaholic on social media and  here on eBay, to check out these great collection of storage savvy ideas and small space solutions:
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