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7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You Had

Every square foot of your home is valuable. These storage solutions take advantage of underused nooks and crannies. And just for fun, we did some back-of-the-napkin calculations based on the average price per square foot of a U.S. home ($81) to attach a theoretical value to the bonus space.

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Tuck pull-out drawers under sturdy stairs. They’re ideal for stashing extra linens and seasonal items. Each drawer provides about two square feet of storage. If you really could calculate this on a value per square foot realized, that’s roughly $162 worth of extra space per drawer!

Related: How a Clever Mom Turned Her Stairway into Storage

 

Image: Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture / JPDA.net

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  • Tuck pull-out drawers under sturdy stairs. They’re ideal for stashing extra linens and seasonal items. Each drawer provides about two square feet of storage. If you really could calculate this on a value per square foot realized, that’s roughly $162 worth of extra space per drawer!

    Related: How a Clever Mom Turned Her Stairway into Storage

     

    Image: Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture / JPDA.net

  • Basement crawl spaces or open areas under apartment floors can be lined with shelves and outfitted with folding stairs to hoard anything. A finished 10-square-foot crawl space uncovers about $8,100 of space value and can even lower your energy bills.

     

    Image: Jeremy Levine Design / JeremyLevine.com

  • Not enough room for a Carrie Bradshaw closet? No problem. This mattress from Ikea lifts to reveal a hidden compartment great for stashing bulky blankets. It could save you about $200, the price of a linen cabinet, and it provides about 20 sq. ft. or about $1,587 of extra storage space.

     

    Image: IKEA

  • Gain more kitchen space without a costly kitchen remodeling job. Reclaimed high school gym lockers sport a new use as built-in pantry compartments. These add 18 cubic feet or $243 in square feet of extra space.

    Related: 4 Clever Problem-Solvers for Messy Pantries

     

    Image: Little Architecture / Dried Figs and Wooden Spools blog

  • Some things are best left hidden, and kitty’s business is one of them. An inexpensive, storage cabinet doubles as a rest stop for this tabby, who enters and exists via a small framed opening. Store the litter box and all its accoutrements in one spot and gain about $205 worth of storage space.

    Related: Cool Ideas to Make Your Pet Feel at Home

     

    Image: Claire Armstrong / Flickr

  • Give your storage space a lift. Overhead areas, such as narrow hallways, make an ideal place for floating shelves and cabinets. You could gain up to 2.5 square feet, valued at $203 of space, in no time.

     

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  • Keep wrapping paper out of sight but not out of mind by suspending it from your closet ceiling on a simple cradle of wire. It’s easy to reach but won’t get torn or creased. In a closet that’s 6 feet wide by 2 feet deep, this trick makes 12 more square feet of storage worth about $972.

    Related: Gift Wrapping Stations That’ll Organize Your Mess

     

    Image: Frank Farm / frankfarm.org

  • Looking for even more storage?

    7 More Clever Ideas to Unlock Your Home’s Storage Potential

     

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