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Photography by BUFF STRICKLAND FOR COUNTRY LIVING

There’s nothing quite as irritating, from a design perspective, as wasted space. If you’ve got a corner or area that’s irking you, get inspired by these creative uses of space that would otherwise be up to no good–literally.

This Joanna Gaines design is pure genius – proving that there’s always room for a chic library nook if you just know where to look.

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Photography by DELIKATISSEN

Hallways are often underutilized.  Rather than adding bulky consoles or entryway furniture, this design carves out a bit of wasted space inside the wall, finding room for a cozy seating area and lots of practically-invisible storage overhead.

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Photography by LESLEY A UNRUH VIA DOMINO

In bedrooms short on space, raising the bed practically doubles your square footage – just when you thought you’d NEVER have room for a walk-in closet.

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Photography by BHG

While this space is much too small for a traditional table and chairs, a built-in banquette creates lots of comfy upholstered seating that’s tucked neatly out of the way.

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Photography by IKEA

A rolling storage cart creates easy access to items stored beneath the bed – like shoes!  You can finally reach things stored in the farthest corners without crawling on hands and knees.

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Photography by IKEA VIA HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

A curtain and a contrasting wall color create division between the rest of the room and this chic bedroom nook.  By utilizing a system of shelves overhead and drawers beneath the bed, this tiny bedroom offers lots of storage solutions, too.

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Photography by MY SCANDINAVIAN HOME

Ceiling-height shelves can be used for storing books, bags, shoes, or anything demanding a bit more space.  Keep a step stool nearby for easy access to items you reach for often.

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Photography by SHANNON (8FOOT6) VIA HOUZZ

Unused space beneath the stairs is the ideal size for squeezing in an office – or two.

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Photography by LAUREN RUBIN ARCHITECTURE

Chances are, you have available space around a doorway – even if it’s only up top.  If built-ins aren’t an option for your space, consider adding a simple shelf above the door frame for added storage in any room of the house.

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Photography by DID YOU MAKE THAT

Who knew over-the-door storage could look so organized and chic?  This is a masculine take on the idea, but the same idea would work for perfume bottles, necklaces, makeup, and belts.

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Photography by KELLI TAYLOR

In the nursery, there is often open space beneath the crib.  Rather than covering with a skirt, add storage boxes instead for stashing away diapers, wipes, towels, and toys.

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Photography by OPEN DECO

This stairwell takes the idea of ‘no more wasted space’ to a new level.  A chic series of built-in shelving is as functional as it is beautiful.

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Photography by MONSTERS CIRCUS

Even if you don’t have room for a bedside table, we’re certain you can find space for this petite hanging version that takes up zero square footage.  Find a complete DIY tutorial here.

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Photography by DONNA GRIFFITH VIA THE KITCHN

Over-cabinet storage doesn’t have to look cluttered.  These baskets utilize every last inch of space below the ceiling and add an organic feel to this farmhouse-inspired kitchen.

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Photography by ANITA SIENUDZ VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

If your bedroom is short on space, a bed with built-in storage underneath acts as a dresser with ample room for stashing clothing and other accessories.

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Photography by TIA BORGSMIDT VIA BOLIGMAGASINET.DK

While this hallway appears too tight for storage, a slim wall-mounted shoe rack keeps shoes out of sight and off the floor.

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Photography by ALAN SHORTALL VIA THIS OLD HOUSE

Drawers beneath the stairs turn any entryway into a mudroom, with space for stashing items that are reached for most often.

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Photography by KAREL BALAS VIA MILK DECORATION

In kids’ spaces, you can never have enough storage – period.  Once the closets are packed, it’s time to get creative, as in this raised bed with drawers beneath.

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Photography by MIA BAXTER SMAIL VIA DOMINO

This clever breakfast nook hides a drawer beneath the seat and a cabinet behind – ideal for keeping kitchen clutter out of sight.

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Photography by DESIGN SPONGE

A cramped window may seem too small for much, but a creative built-in turns even the tightest of spaces into this dreamy sitting nook.  Bonus points for that lovely mismatched collection of textiles.

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Photography by HOME TWEAKS VIA DOT AND BO

Not every staircase hides a window underneath, but when it does, the only solution is a cozy reading nook that overflows with Moroccan vibes.

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Photography by DIELLE VIA CONTEMPORIST

This convertible bed by Dielle Modus actually exists.  We’ll just call this the raised bed of our dreams.  Enough said.

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Photography by POPPYTALK

When there simply isn’t room for a side table or nightstand, there will always be room for this wall-mounted version.  Get your DIY on with a complete set of instructions for making yours this weekend.

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Photography by LA MAISON D’ANNA G

In the spirit of never wasting an ounce of space, every inch is utilized for storage above and below this cozy floral bed.

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Photography by TRITON AUSTIN VIA HOUZZ

Forget a bar cart – get uber creative with the space beneath your stairs, and let this glam bar be your inspiration.  Because a wet bar is the best use of wasted space EVER.

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Photography by LISANNE VAN DE KLIFT VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

Think you don’t have room for an eat-in kitchen?  This petite version utilizes a thin bar as prep, serving, and dining space that also conveniently serves as a divider between the kitchen and living room.

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Photography by COUNTRY LIVING VIA PICSLOVIN

While this is most definitely a bedroom, a configuration as compact as this could also squeeze an additional bed into a hallway.

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Photography by IKEA

If a brick wall is leaving you puzzled, try attaching a few well-placed hooks for wrangling shoes and other frequently used items.

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Photography by BHG

Shelving in front of a kitchen window?  Absolutely!  Thin, well organized shelves still allow plenty of light through, and make great use of otherwise wasted space above the sink.

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Photography by URBAN OUTFITTERS VIA SF GIRL BY BAY

Surprise!  Lift the bedding, and there’s a convenient place to stash reading material.

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Photography by MOLLY WINTERS VIA DOMINO

When your bathroom has ZERO counter space, creativity is a must.  In this case, a wooden shelf creates a much-needed makeshift countertop in this lovely vintage bathroom.

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Photography by BOLIG LIV VIA APARTMENT THERAPY

By making the best use of your space, one room really can do it all.  This is proof.

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Photography by LAURE JOLIET VIA DOMINO

Manage toy overload with a ceiling-height shelf for stashing away any overflow.  While the shelves are open, toys are practically out of sight and (best of all!) no longer under foot.