Small Space? 8 Pretty & Practical Storage Solutions

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Have more stuff than space? As New Yorkers fight with ever-dwindling square-feet, it's not hard to accomplish, but figuring out what to keep, what to toss, and how to store the things that survive is the real trouble.
And sure, we too have our freshman varsity jackets, and we might find our late grandmother's necklace tangled up in here somewhere, but once the nostalgia subsides, let's get to organizing. Luckily, we’ve scoured all of our greatest projects for the best storage solutions that aren’t unsightly. Click through for these small-space winners.
It only took one (sneak) peek at this Brooklyn Heights office space for us to see that the folks at Homepolish — the interior geniuses responsible for the streamlined makeover — know what they're doing. Whether it's a total renovation or culling the perfect finishing touches, designer work by the hour to create a balanced space that just works. Oh, and they just launched in San Francisco & Chicago, too.
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Hang a mirror over any storage unit and it becomes a vanity! If a larger mirror is too expensive for your budget, purchase two or three smaller, inexpensive options, get them framed so they look cohesive, and place them beside each other. It'll open up the room without blowing out your budget.

Additionally, rethink your dining room table. Picking a piece that allows stools to slide under when it's not in use really opens up the room.

Shop Similar: AllModern Hitchcock Butterfield Company Grecian Beaded Mirror, $168.53, available at AllModern.
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If you have a lot of tschotskes you don't want to display, placing them in boxes and shelving them are a neat way to keep things uncluttered. Make sure you measure your bookshelf before purchasing! By leaving some of the shelves open, it allows light into the rest of this studio apartment.

Shop Similar: Ikea Kallax Shelving Unit, $139, available at Ikea.
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Floating storage systems make rooms feel bigger because the floor plan doesn’t visually shrink! Picking a piece of furniture in a bright color like white or cream will reflect the light in the room — just don't clutter the space below it!

Shop Similar: CB2 Wall-Mounted Cabinet, $199, available at CB2.
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Homepolish designer Michele Bitter suggests choosing furniture that doubles as storage like this coffee table from West Elm. Michele also says that contrary to popular belief, a larger rug — or a couple rugs layered on top of each other — makes a small room look bigger!

Shop Similar: West Elm Rustic Storage Coffee Table, $549, available at West Elm.
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One fact about New Yorkers? We all need more shoe storage! Add a bookshelf with amended space between each shelf to the end of your bed, or use a wall ladder instead of taking up more wall or closet space. If you fear this will look too messy in a small room, add a blanket to cover the shelf like a modified bedskirt.

Shop Similar: Antique Rustic Farm Latter, $26.95, available at eBay.
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This coffee table — which, of course, is transluscent — doubles as a magazine rack. Add a cushion when you're having people over and it becomes an instant seating area, too.

Madison Seating Acrylic Coffee Table with Magazine Rack, $274.99, available at Madison Seating.
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Since most NYC apartments have bedrooms that barely fit the bed, a side-table isn't always practical. Instead, hang your “currently reading” pile on a rod below your shelving unit. Don't have shelving at all? Install the rod just like you would for your curtains.

Shop Similar: Crate & Barrel Antique Curtain Hardware Set, $49.95, available at Crate & Barrel.
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We've all been in the habit of leaving all our beauty products scattered about in the morning. But, instead of leaving them disorganized, clean up your clutter by tucking it into baskets in a baskets under a bench. Having separate baskets for certain items like moisturizers or hair products can even help you cut down on your morning routine.

Shop Similar: Circo Storage Bench, $49.99, available at Target.

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