Need More Storage Space? Go Vertical!

tammy strobel, flickr, rowdykittens, bike storageAs a tiny space dweller, my number one tip for maximizing living space is going vertical. Whether it's creative bike storage options, shelving, or displaying your collections, vertical space is where it's at.

Let's check out a few of my favorite space saving strategies:

Bike storage

Many apartments don't have bike storage on site, so residents are forced to park their bikes on the street or in their living space. Thankfully, there are numerous creative and incredible bike storage products on the market.

Alternatively, you might consider purchasing a folding bike. Once folded up, they are tiny and can be easily stored in your closet.

Read on for more horizontally-challenged ideas...

A few inventive shoe storage options

Shoe trees, DIY floating shoe racks, or using creating shoe racks from painted moldings are a few of your options.

Office, kitchen, and creative bathroom shelving

Incorporating creative shelving solutions in your tiny space is essential. For instance, Apartment Therapy recently featured vertical kitchen storage options. When you move into an apartment, there is usually a lot of extra wall space. Installing, and organizing shelving is a fantastic solution.

And don't forget to look overhead.

Space saving vertical wine racks

I love drinking wine. But I never know where to store the lovely bottles. We have limited space in our kitchen and living room, so when I stumbled upon a post featuring DIY wine racks, I jumped for joy. David and Jeanette attached "Ikea's 'Vurm' bottle holders to three pieces of stained plywood. The vertical strips rest on the floor, so the weight of the bottles isn't held solely by the plaster walls." And the top panels are anchored to the wall. The unit looks incredible and it cost less than $200!

Rented Space's Kaomi Goetz covered a number of cool space saving wine racks last week. My favorite rack is from the Iron Design Company. They "have come up with a space saving and symmetrical way to store up to half a case...The shape of the rack is pre-formed and made out of powder-coated steel. A little eye trickery was a bit what the designers had in mind."

Vertical gardens

Your storage needs don't have to be limited to stuff. A number of city dwellers are turning toward vertical gardens and window farming as alternatives. You can save money on produce and use a vertical gardening as a decorating tool.


Living simply and creatively in a small space doesn't mean you have to give up all your stuff. Think outside the box and get your creative groove on!

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

The Ace of Space is a biweekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.

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