One of the biggest elements to consider when to design or decorate a room is storage. There are, of course, all the classic options that can be classified based on the type of room they belong to, such as the typical cabinets in the kitchen or the closet in the bedroom.
However, some rooms require more ingenious storage solutions. The following projects certainly teach us a lot about how unique and effective a space can be when you think outside the box.
Cool ingenious storage solutions
One bedroom inside a wooden box
In addition to all the minor details inside an apartment, it is sometimes also worth trying something new in terms of room division. A small place could be completely transformed just by removing the partitions and instead creating a large open floor plan. To solve the privacy problem, a more unconventional but also practical solution can be found.
Renovated by Tokyo Yuichi Yoshida & Associates, this Tokyo apartment was fitted with a wooden box with wooden sliding doors. They also included smart storage solutions such as while storing the bed to save more floor space and be efficient with the way everything is divided.
A multifunctional storage wall
In some cases, it is best to centralize all storage space in a single large unit. However, the layout must allow it. A good example in this sense is a small apartment from Italy, which was renovated by studio llabb.
The interior is divided into main zones, name the living and sleeping areas. These are divided by one multifunctional storage wall, one that incorporates several features and elements into its design. It has large and small compartments, open shelves and closed modules, and it goes from the floor all the way to the ceiling. It even perfectly hides the doors leading into the bedroom. This module extends over the floor plan and accompanies residents as they enter the apartment and then continue towards the living room and bedroom.
A loft bed with a closet downstairs
Sometimes the most ingenious storage ideas come to us when we face a challenge when we have to pay with a very small space. Take, for example, this apartment from Stockholm. It measures only 36 square meters, which is not much and certainly not enough if you want a large kitchen, a living room and a bedroom in there plus storage for each of these rooms.
Architect Karin Matz came up with an ingenious solution to this problem. The bed is raised, allowing for a large storage closet downstairs. It made it possible to place the bedroom and the kitchen compactly against one of the walls of the apartment, leaving the rest of the floor space open for daily activities. ONE loft bed with storage downstairs turns out to be a great way to save space.
Storage of mezzanine
We can also learn a thing or two from the design of spaces like this small apartment from Taipei. It measures only 22 square meters, but it is full of many features and it is a really nice place to live in the long run. You may be wondering where everything is. The key here was to create a mezzanine area and to place the bedroom there, out of the way.
It leaves the whole area on the main level open. It has a kitchen, a bathroom large enough to include a bath, a living room and a dedicated dining room setup. There are also plenty of storage under the stairs and upwards. ONE large wall unit goes all the way up to the ceiling with a bookcase that can be reached from the mezzanine level or via a ladder. This was a renovation done by studio A Little Design.
A hidden bed
One of the biggest and most convenient ways to save space in a small home is by combining two or more features into one. For example, the living room, kitchen and dining area are often the same. However, in the case of this 28 square meter apartment from Milan, things are a little different.
Here, the private and common areas are combined into one. This was possible thanks to a smart storage system that hides all the furniture inside the walls. There is one Murphy bed, a sliding sofa, a folding board and more and behind these two storage walls, the kitchen and bathroom are cleverly hidden. This magnificent design was made possible by the studio wok.
A multifunctional wooden box
When renovating a 47 square meter apartment from Moscow, studio Ruetemple had to face a few challenges. The limited floor space was one of them.
Their client wanted the place to feel light and airy and also include a private bedroom. Based on that, the designers came up with a clever idea: to integrate the bedroom and most of the apartment’s storage functions into a specially built wooden box. This is where all the main features are grouped together. The box even contains a niche for the sofa in the living room and has storage cubbies around it.
Sometimes a good way is to maximize the storage capacity of a small space by opening the entire area and creating different sections, each with unique features. To be more precise, you can have a large open space, where each so-called space is designed using a specific palette of materials and finishes.
That way, you provide each individuality without the need for solid walls in between, and it provides more storage space. On this subject, this small apartment from Shanghai has an interesting design, where the whole bedroom is located on one raised floor platform. It introduces a number of hidden storage spaces that are accessible from the kitchen. It’s a clever idea that studio stelier mearc came up with.
Another really smart storage site is to have freestanding furniture that is accessible from two sides. It would also double as a room divider, eliminating the need for partitions between the rooms.
The rooms can be shared by the furniture and it saves a lot of space. This strategy was used by the studio Anne Rolland Architecte for a small apartment in Paris measuring only 24 square meters across.
With only 29 square meters to work with in this apartment from Poland, studio 3XA chose to avoid a traditional interior and instead create something unique. The architect took advantage of the relatively high ceiling and managed to detach the bedroom from the rest of the floor plan by raising it above the bathroom and entrance.
The area above is quite large, but not as high as it could be. It’s a kind of semi-mezzanine. However, it is enough to free up a lot of space downstairs and to make it possible to combine living room, kitchen and dining area into a bright and airy space. To access the bedroom you can climb up custom bookcase stairs which mixes two functions into one and looks really cool at the same time.
A secret closet bedroom
Here’s another example of how space in a home can be maximized by incorporating smart storage solutions and custom strategies into its design. Although this Melbourne apartment is not very small, it needed to include more than one bedroom.
As such, designer Clare Cousins decided to minimize the sleeping areas and maximize everything else to allow the family space to enjoy the daily activities together.
One of the bedrooms is hidden inside what looks like one cabinet. It is actually a large box-like structure made of wood and plywood that has an empty space inside for a double bed and a bit of minimal storage. It has too open storage shelves exterior so that the sleeping area can be hidden in plain sight.
Secret shelving for doors
When entering this apartment from Slovakia, you are greeted by a spacious area that mixes the living room, kitchen and dining area together. It is nice and open with a cozy little fireplace, lots of open shelves and a welcoming feeling as a whole.
However, there is no sign that there is anything else beyond this space, so where is the bedroom? Well, it’s hidden behind the bookshelf, and to get in you need to open a secret door that’s seamlessly made to look like part of the bookcase. This ingenious design was created by studio JRKVC.
A staircase is hidden in ordinary view
This is a really cool design that incorporates some of the ideas we have seen before. It has this large wooden box that looks quite mysterious. It is completely white and does not give a clear indication of what its purpose is. It is actually a multifunctional device.
Inside it is the bathroom plus a little extra storage space, and upstairs is the bedroom and a small office corner with a small desk and a custom shelving unit. To reach the bedroom one has to use the stairs and these are cleverly disguised as bookshelves. That hidden staircase is not disturbing at all and does not take up extra space, plus it does not look like a staircase at all. This was all crated by studio Craft Design for a small apartment in the UK.
A storage unit with double height
Another good strategy is to take advantage of the architecture and layout of a space. In the case of this house designed by ZONA Architekci, the living room has a double height ceiling. It also has one custom wall unit who benefit from it.
The modules go all the way up and make this a great storage wall. To access the areas at the top, a metal ladder can be used. It is not only a way to maximize storage, but also a cool way to express yourself and decorate a large empty wall.
Storage under the stairs
Although stairs are pr. Definition practical and can become wonderful statement pieces inside buildings, they take up quite a lot of space and in a home that means less storage space. The solution to this is simple and stares us straight in the face: a staircase with built-in storage downstairs.
That was the strategy Syte Architects used when they renovated this beautiful place in the UK. The stairs are actually where most of the warehouse is concentrated. There are a ton of large and small modules, drawers, shelves and so on, and it looks really cool in addition to being very practical and convenient.