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June 10, 2013
When space is tight, designers often eke out additional (hidden) square footage by going deep—into the walls and furnishings themselves. Built-in shelving, closets, and creative, multipurpose built-ins maximize storage and can make even a tiny space more functional and beautiful. Here are some of our favorite examples of smart storage in small spaces.
Media wall area with pop-out storage closets

When space is tight, designers often eke out additional (hidden) square footage by going deep—into the walls and furnishings themselves. Built-in shelving, closets, and creative, multipurpose built-ins maximize storage and can make even a tiny space more functional and beautiful. Here are some of our favorite examples of smart storage in small spaces.

A curvy laminate storage wall in Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova's 620-square-foot apartment in New York City bumps out to accommodate the television and entertainment systems and gains some hidden extra space from the former lot-line window niches. The floor-to-ceiling cabinets contain almost all the family’s possessions, from clothing and shoes to books and bedding. Photo by David Allee.

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Originally appeared in All Together Now
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Coat rack with chalk board to-do list

In southwest England, interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade. In the small entry, a built-in closet and chalkboard surface keeps things tidy and the couple's to-do list in order. Photo by Andrew Meredith.

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Originally appeared in An Obsessed Designer Fills Her Home with Vintage Finds
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Modern small space bedroom nook with stairs

Of the seven steps in Michael Pozner’s not-quite-500-square-foot aerie in Greenwich Village, five contain drawers. His small set of table and chairs is from CB2. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Anderson Remodel by <a href="http://www.shedbuilt.com">Shed Architects</a>. Custom cabinetry by <a href="http://www.kerfdesign.com">Kerf Design</a>. Photos courtesy of the architects.

To create the stunning cabinetry that lines—and dips into—the walls in this Seattle home, Shed Architects brought onboard Kerf Design, a custom furniture and cabinet shop. Photo courtesy of the architects.

Originally appeared in Built-In Beauty
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The master bedroom.  "The small size of the home inspired me to design it as an  urban retreat for casual living based on radical simplicity," says architect Cass Calder Smith.

"The small size of the home inspired me to design it as an urban retreat for casual living based on radical simplicity," says architect Cass Calder Smith of a house he built on a 20-foot-wide lot in San Francisco. Photo by Todd Hido.

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Media wall area with pop-out storage closets

When space is tight, designers often eke out additional (hidden) square footage by going deep—into the walls and furnishings themselves. Built-in shelving, closets, and creative, multipurpose built-ins maximize storage and can make even a tiny space more functional and beautiful. Here are some of our favorite examples of smart storage in small spaces.

A curvy laminate storage wall in Svetlin Krastev and Dessi Nikolova's 620-square-foot apartment in New York City bumps out to accommodate the television and entertainment systems and gains some hidden extra space from the former lot-line window niches. The floor-to-ceiling cabinets contain almost all the family’s possessions, from clothing and shoes to books and bedding. Photo by David Allee.

Photo by David Allee.

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