The space beneath a staircase is particularly well suited to serve as an unobtrusive storage area. A couple devised a minimal solution for stashing kitchen ephemera under the main stairwell of their Brooklyn apartment.
Convertible furniture units offer clever options for keeping a space clean and tidy. Woodworkers Benjamin Klebba of Phloem Studi, and Bren Reis of Earthbound Industries created custom furniture for a compact Portland home, including a sofa that transforms into a bed and contains a hidden compartment for linens.
If custom, origami-like storage contraptions seem too complicated, simple sliding panels can be equally effective camouflaging solutions. In a compact Echo Park apartment, a pair of architects disguised an entire wall of storage with a ceiling-mounted sliding wall, which doubles as a projection screen.
Large swathes of fabric are even more simple and easy to install as storage-concealing elements. In a converted water tower in Belgium, floor-to-ceiling curtains hide all of the storage in the open space of a guest bedroom-bathroom-office.