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Clever DIYs for Small Rooms
Decorating a small room can be a challenge, especially because it's hard to know where to place anything. The first step is to identify some viable storage ideas; then you need to make all your stuff look good.
We've come up with a bunch of DIYs that will help you decorate small rooms to their fullest potential without sacrificing storage space. The best part about these do-it-yourself projects is that you'll save money—perfect for people on a budget!Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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Build a Murphy Desk
Murphy beds are known for saving space in small bedrooms but think about the possibilities of applying the same concept to a dual purpose room or small office. Increase the footprint of your small space by building a desk that folds into the wall when you're not using it!Continue to 3 of 21 below.
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Hang a Table From the Ceiling
Most well-designed bedrooms have nightstands on either side of the bed, even if the bedroom is small. Tackle this DIY bedroom idea by hanging a piece of reclaimed wood from the ceiling. Just be sure it is bolted correctly so it can handle the weight of your objects. Opt for wall sconces and use this table for other less fragile nighttime essentials. The best part of this project is the floor space that is now cleared for a hamper.Continue to 4 of 21 below.
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Put Shelves in a Window for Plants
Collecting houseplants for your home can turn into a bit of an obsession. What starts as one pretty planter can quickly turn into dozens of plants waiting for their turn in the sun. To save space, add glass floating shelves to a window and place your plants here.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Mount a Drying Rack to the WallContinue to 6 of 21 below.
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Make a Console Table for Behind the SofaContinue to 7 of 21 below.
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Save Closet Space by Building a Clothing Rack
Small closets are the bane of every fashion lover's existence, but you don't have to pare down your clothing even if you live in a small space. Build a clothing rack that you can position in your bedroom, spare room, or even in the entryway. Hang your most used and attractive items on this rack to make the most of the extra storage space.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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Replace a Coffee Table With a Storage Ottoman
When you have a small living room, it makes no sense to have a coffee table that lacks storage space. Replace a basic table with a rolling storage ottoman like this one. If you want the piece to function as seating as well, pick a project that is upholstered.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Hang Your Hamper
To make a small space feel larger, try to keep unnecessary items off the floor. In the bedroom, hampers can take up a lot of floor space and make the room feel more cluttered than is necessary. Craft a hanging laundry hamper using an embroidery hoop then hang it on the inside of the closet door.Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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Hack Existing Ikea Shelves Into a Rustic Spice Rack
Kitchen storage is usually at such a premium that we are always looking for ways to be more efficient with food prep. One way to save counter space and make spices or cooking oils more accessible is to build a wall mounted spice rack. You don't even need to start from scratch. Pick up some Ikea Bekvam shelves then refinish them to match your existing style.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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Divide Spaces in Studio Apartments Using a DIY Wall Divider
This room decorating idea is perfect for studio apartments that have few clearly defined spaces. Contrary to what you might think, dividing a space can actually make the room feel larger and give you another makeshift wall space to position furniture against. Just make sure there is some light passing through your divider so you don't darken the area.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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Switch Out a Regular Bed With a Platform Bed
If you have a small bedroom, perhaps you can save money and space by building a platform bed with storage. Commonly used items can be stored in attractive baskets or stacked neatly in the built-in cubbies. An added benefit of platform beds in small spaces is that they generally sit lower to the ground, helping to expose all the extra vertical space.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Make a Hanging Jewelry Organizer
The more wall space you can utilize in a small room, the better you'll be able to function in the space. There are so many jewelry organizers that sit on top of a vanity, but if you're limited on space, opt to build one that hangs instead. To make this organizer, remove a frame's backing and glass, then insert some type of metal mesh. Add hooks or knobs to the bottom of the frame for necklaces.Continue to 14 of 21 below.
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Hang Produce on the Wall
Some kitchens have tiny pantries or no pantry at all. If this is the case in your kitchen, your fruits and vegetables might be taking up valuable space on your countertop. Build a produce rack that can adhere to the end of your cabinets or wall to save space where you need it most.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Keep Toys Stored Off the Floor
Nothing like a ton of toys scattered all over the floor to make a room feel cramped. Of course, if your children are young, a certain amount of toys on the floor is to be expected—but it's important to have a place for the toys to go once they are done playing with them. These wood bins work well for toys because they are stacked and don't come out far from the wall.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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Repurpose an Old Window Into a Bathroom Cabinet
Storage space in a small bathroom is so important, especially if the room lacks a proper linen closet. This DIY takes an antique window and reimagines it as a storage cabinet above the toilet. Since the cabinet is open, make sure the items you keep inside are contained in an attractive manner.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Add Some Light With a DIY Mirror
One way to make a small room feel larger is by adding some mirrors. However, you don't have to install a floor-to-ceiling mirror across the entire wall. Instead, give an inexpensive full-length mirror an attractive makeover with this clever DIY project.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Carve Out a Space for a Small VanityContinue to 20 of 21 below.
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Craft a Wooden Couch Sleeve for Small Living RoomsContinue to 21 of 21 below.
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Store Office Supplies Vertically With a Desk Organizer