July 21, 2014
These tips for camouflaging storage space will keep your compact home feeling clean and uncluttered.
Hidden wall cabinets in bathroom

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.

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The table’s base, which itself is an additional storage container, rolls easily into place to support the surface.

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.

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Hidden storage stairwell with raw brass hardware

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.

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Originally appeared in A Minimal Yet Mighty Brooklyn Apartment
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Modern linden plywood and ash staircase cabinet

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.

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woodwork portland renovation hideaway bed

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.

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Molina and Turin combined angle and bar aluminum from Industrial Metal Supply Company and wheels from Pro-Fit Cabinet Hardware to 
design a custom track for a sliding door/projection screen fashioned 
out of two hollow-core doors from Stock Building Suppl

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.

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Chateau d'eau from Steenokerzeel in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium

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.

Originally appeared in Living in a Belgian Water Tower
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Hidden wall cabinets in bathroom

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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