7 Smart Ways to Hide Storage

July 21, 2014
These tips for camouflaging storage space will keep your compact home feeling clean and uncluttered.
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  Building storage behind walls is a surefire way to decrease clutter. In the bathroom of a tiny Chelsea co-op, towel racks pull down to reveal hampers hidden behind the blue-tiled wall.  Photo by: Ian Allen

    Building storage behind walls is a surefire way to decrease clutter. In the bathroom of a tiny Chelsea co-op, towel racks pull down to reveal hampers hidden behind the blue-tiled wall.

    Photo by: Ian Allen

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  Multifunctional furniture can be more than just space-saving. In a Brooklyn apartment, a fold-down dining table also conceals bookshelves when in its upright and locked position.  Photo by: Raimund Koch

    Multifunctional furniture can be more than just space-saving. In a Brooklyn apartment, a fold-down dining table also conceals bookshelves when in its upright and locked position.

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  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.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams

    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  Japanese architect Kotaro Anzai took a slightly different approach to under-stair storage with a custom-built staircase cabinet, in which each step contains individual drawers and cupboards.  Photo by: Osamu AbeCourtesy of: Copyright:ave

    Japanese architect Kotaro Anzai took a slightly different approach to under-stair storage with a custom-built staircase cabinet, in which each step contains individual drawers and cupboards.

    Photo by: Osamu Abe

    Courtesy of: Copyright:ave

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  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.  Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

    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.

    Photo by: Lincoln Barbour

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  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.  Photo by: Heather Culp

    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.

    Photo by: Heather Culp

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  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.

    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.

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