10 Hidden Storage Ideas

As as a mom to four kids and a full house of 9 people I am always looking for new ways to store our belongings so that we don’t feel over crowded or over ran by our stuff. The nice people at Zillow are sharing 10 Hidden Storage Ideas to help me and other families get creative with storage needs for our homes!

10 Hidden Storage Ideas

By Tali Wee of Zillowstorage

Photo Courtesy of Zillow Digs

In this materialistic day in age, it’s common for homeowners to possess far more stuff than they need or appropriately fits in their homes. Short of seeking a larger house, these overcrowded homeowners often resort to renting storage units after filling their attic spaces, sheds and garages. Multipurpose storage is a trending method for hiding less than attractive belongings.

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Forget wire shelves and space-consuming cabinets; consider these 10 secret storage concepts that won’t detract from a home’s design.

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Ottomans

Kick back and relax with the help of this smart improvement. There are a variety of storage ottomans available for purchase at large retailers around the nation. However, this is an easy do-it-yourself project. Either build or buy a wooden box, cover with batting and finish off with custom fabric. If using a patterned material, make sure that the removable top lines up with the rest of the piece. Then store as much as will fit in the hidden interior of the ottoman.

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Hidden Pantry

Even the skinniest spaces can be fit for hideaways. Create a sliding pantry in between traditional cabinets to keep dried goods and spices. Sliding pantries are similar to drawers only narrower and taller with rows of shelves. The entire set of shelves pulls out like a drawer and then stows away to hide all the contents.  Although small, this option frees up space for bulky items like pots and pans that need larger spaces.

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Book Covers

Want the classic charm of a library without sacrificing valuable shelf space? Cover the front of wooden drawers with book bindings as if the books were stacked together on a shelf. Visitors will assume that the hidden storage is merely an impressive collection of novels.

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Mirrors

Valuable jewelry and other keepsakes are best hidden away from potential burglars and young children. A free standing mirror is an elegant decoration and doubles as a storage piece. Install hooks for long necklaces and shelves to house delicate trinkets.

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Under the Bed

Rather than buy a mattress frame, why not build one? Customize it by creating sliding drawers for under-the-bed storage. Keep shoes, accessories or linens in this space to de-clutter closets.

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High Shelving

Consider displaying books and décor close to the ceiling. Aside from being a great design aspect, raised shelves in between beams keeps less-needed objects up and away from the general living space. Include a ladder to give the room the feel of a lofted getaway.

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Stairs

Don’t worry about tripping over toys and shoes on the staircase anymore. They can be safely hidden inside of the risers when fitted with drawers. The stairs are a great way to mask storage, just make sure to keep the drawers closed! Additionally, consider utilizing the space under the staircase for a coat closet or pull-out cabinets. This is a great alternative if the home is lacking a mudroom or wardrobe. It’s also a great place for winter gear and extra blankets.

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Wall Safe

Mask a wall safe with an electrical outlet plate or a painting anywhere in the home. This is a great way to hide away cash and other small valuables that shouldn’t be left out for strangers to see.

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Built-Ins

Window seating is an envied feature of many homes. Not only does it add a touch of sophistication and country style to a home, it can be a great place to stow extras around the house. Enjoy the cozy nook while hiding away blankets and pillows in the lift-top seats.

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Under the Cabinet

Ever notice the wasted space between the bottom of kitchen cabinets and the floor? Rather than stacking trays all the way above the cabinets, simply install ultra-thin drawers underneath. This keeps flat items out of the way, yet accessible for last minute entertaining.

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Rather than clutter the home with bulky furniture, enhance organization with these creative solutions that won’t disrupt the atmosphere of a home.

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