Where to Put Your Stuff When You Don’t Have Room for a Dresser
Small-space dwellers, take note.
Updated Oct 22, 2018 7:29 PM
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As if having to live in a small space wasn’t bad enough, add in the throes of having to deal with the inconvenience of figuring out where to put your stuff. Your closet is probably packed as is, so where do you house the remaining essentials? We’re talking socks, sweaters, towels—you know, the items more commonly reserved for the luxury that is a dresser. And since we firmly believe that you shouldn’t have to resort to a Marie Kondo-esque purge as a solution, we set out to find a few helpful ways you can fake a dresser, when you absolutely don’t have room for one. Take a look.
Baskets can be serious life-savers for the small-space dweller lacking storage space. Utilize a lidded basket to house your backup sheets and extra towels. Set the basket in any corner of your home, allowing it to double as a decorative accent. None will be the wiser.
Buy: Lidded Sahara Basket, Swahili Modern, $87.99
Buy: Cameron Clothing Rack, Urban Outfitters, $129
Under the Bed
If you’re a small-space dweller there is a good chance that the space under your bed doubles as a storage unit. From housing your off-season clothing to cleaning supplies (and everything else in between) it’s prime real estate for those short on square footage. With that in mind, we’re big proponents of utiziling said space to make up for the lack of having a dresser. Chic and sleek underbed storage pieces are key here, providing you with ample room and cleverly compartmentalized zones for all your essentials.
Buy: RÖMSKOG Underbed storage box, Ikea, $50
When short on floor space, you take to the walls. Bring in floating shelves to create your very own storage zone, not necessarily confined to the bedroom. Line the shelves with baskets and bins, and utilize them to store your lesser-worn items or extra bedding.
Alternatively, if you have a bookshelf or large enough media console, designate a few of the cubbies to double as a faux dresser. Pair them with boxed containers and neatly store your items inside.
Ottomans or Boxed Benches
Buy: Storage Ottoman, West Elm, $399
Yet another reason to take to the walls. This clever, wall-mounted hamper will ensure you’re not wasting any floor space, while still providing ample room for you to store your gear.
Buy: Bamboo Hamper, Anthropologie, $148
For those blessed with a closet that comes with multiple rows of wall-mounted shelves, repurpose a handful of them to double as a dresser of sorts. Fake drawers in the closet with these ultra clever contraptions.
Buy: elfa décor Shelf Dividers, The Container Store, $12.99
Buy: Looker Oversized Large Storage Box, Urban Outfitters, $59.99
Take note from small-space living guru Whitney Leigh Morris, who knows just exactly how to make the most of tight quarters. Case in point? The built-in unit that sits as the foundation of the living room sofa, all the while doubling as a clever source of storage.
Discover more on small-space living:
The One Store You’re Not Shopping for Small Spaces 25 Bathrooms That Have Perfected Minimalism The New MUJI Tiny House Is the Ultimate Minimalist Space
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