Let’s Get Real About…STORAGE SPACE

Is there anything more exciting than moving into your new place? If your adulting path is anything like ours, your neighborhood location is what matters most (yes, you must be near the best coffee in town) and your apartment is something around 500 sq. ft, but who’s counting? One problem: you somehow managed to fill a 15 ft. moving truck with all your stuff… Who knew you had so much? Your mom probably mentioned it once or twice, but that’s beside the point. Good news – we’ve got a solution: storage furniture.

Small space living will have you master the concept of “less is more” and moving day probably made you regret all the times you fell for that buy one get one free sale. How to fit in all that stuff into your “cozy” apartment? It’s time to get comfortable with storage space, because she’s about to become your best buddy. It’s like that one friend who somehow always has a complete survival kit in her handbag - re-usable straws, chapstick, hand cream, stain remover for unavoidable messes - and leaves you wondering how they manage to store it all?

Storage Under Your Bed – Bedroom Furniture’s Best Kept Secret?

The concept that you need to buy things to store things is outdated - instead, why not add storage to must-have furniture pieces? Welcome to the 21st century everyone, where you don't need both a GPS and a phone - simply a device that does both! The Alden Platform Bed comes with four built-in storage drawers; you're very welcome, 13th pair of white sneakers that couldn't fit in the closet.
Alden Platform Bed x @theseasonodonell
Alden Platform Bed x @theseaonodonell

You prefer the look of a farmhouse-style metal bed? No worries, storage comes in all shapes and sizes! Instead of collecting dust, use the space under your bed to store your seasonal clothing and shoes – you don’t need them taking up space in your closet anyway! Some models, like the Ally Metal Bed, even have an adjustable under bed clearance to give you more, or less, storage depending on your needs. Now, that is what we call custom furniture!

Ally Metal Farmhouse Bed
Ally Metal Farmhouse Bed

Cabinets, Cabinets and More Cabinets – The More Shelves the Merrier

As self-proclaimed small space living gurus, another major concept that we embrace with open arms is the notion of using wall space. For some reason, clutter is disguised as décor when it is placed on a shelf or stored in a cabinet - and we love it! Floating wall cabinets in your bathroom, or pantry cabinets in your kitchen should be your go-to for small spaces, because #letsbereal, we all need that extra floor space for cute bar carts and house plants.
Basin Wall Cabinets
Basin Wall Cabinets

Whether to store your fave fresh laundry detergents, tool boxes, pots, pans, summer beach towels that we may not use this year (let’s not get into this..), wall cabinets can do the trick!
Basin Storage Cabinet with Drawer
Basin Storage Cabinet with Drawer

If you are looking for larger storage pieces, our collection includes cabinets with all combinations of doors and drawers. Used as a pantry in your kitchen or as an extra closet in your bedroom, the Basin Storage Cabinet with Drawer will fulfill all of your furniture storage needs. Don’t worry though, we don’t expect you to keep it as neat as the picture – the doors close for a reason!

There are many solutions for storage when living in small spaces and we are here to help! Start with the one that is causing you the most trouble and get creative. Maybe even give that KonMari organization and folding method a try? We aren’t suggesting getting rid of everything but consider a little spring cleaning and clothing donations for all your unwanted stuff. Share with us your small space living hacks at @realrooms and shop all storage solutions with us! Visit our website www.realrooms.com