Every square foot of your home is valuable, including these underused nooks and crannies.
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 could calculate this on a value per square foot, that’s roughly $220 worth of extra space per drawer (assuming square foot median price of $110).
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7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You HadIt Came from Below!
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-foot-by-10-foot crawl space uncovers about $11,000 of space value and can even lower your energy bills.
7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You HadSleep-Away Storage
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 $2,200 of extra storage space.
7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You HadLocker Room
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 $1,980 in square feet of extra storage space.
7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You HadHidden Litter
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 $275 worth of storage space.
7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You HadOverhead Room
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 $275 worth of space, in no time.
7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You HadSeasonal Stash
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 $1,320.