S B Sera
S B Sera
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  • Exeter, CA
Asked on Apr 30, 2017

How do you make storage in a house from 1906?

S B SeraBeth ShortsLynn Blumenfeld


The house to two bedrooms, one bath. Small rooms 8X10 is the largest bedroom, no closets. Any new ways to get small, but room enough pieces to take up the clothes?
7 answers
  • I would seriously consider under bed type options. Clear plastic boxes work best as you can see your stuff. Hide with a nice tailored bedskirt to keep things tidy. I would also look for second hand pieces you can easily make over that have storage. Even small nightstands with a drawer or door can store things. Then go up. Add shelving and you can find many pretty inexpensive canvas type bins that you can store clothes in. Wear hats? Install pretty hooks and make them part of the decor. Search here on Hometalk for ideas. I also like Pinterest. Hope this gets you started!
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Years ago, I had a tiny house with no storage...and I bought an old dresser at a thrift shop...took out the drawers and put wheels on the bottom of them. They worked great under my bed for clothing, linens, etc....and took up no floor space at all. I made covers out of plain fabric that I attached on top with velcro strips...and it kept out dust, etc. I found a pic on Pinterest of something similar to give you an idea. Good luck!
  • Molly Anmar
    on May 1, 2017

    There's generally much higher ceilings in those older house. Think vertical space.

  • D roach
    on May 1, 2017

    Also look at the space in the stair well, very often overlooked but often the full height of the house, add shelving or rails etc.
  • Lynn Blumenfeld
    on May 1, 2017

    Firstly, I would make the rooms appear bigger by hanging mirrors. Then I would hang drapes the whole length of one wall about 18-20 inches from the wall. It can be the wall with windows if you don't like the view or another wall if you do. That foot and a half will hide a fabric closet, a dresser or chest of drawers and many other storage items without making the room look cluttered. And it can be done in your living room with no one the wiser that it is your bedroom storage.
  • Beth Shorts
    on May 1, 2017

    • Besides the already-suggested storage space under the bed, try shelving on the walls, with attractive bins or baskets to store undies, socks, tshirts.
    • Don't forget to look UP, too... try using old wooden ladders (lovely repainted or wrapped with washi tapes) to hang pants over the rungs, or show off your quilts and blankets.
    • In my house, where storage has always been a problem, I installed brightly painted wooden pegs 6 inches below the ceiling, around the bedroom, to store/show off my ever-growing collection of hats.
  • S B Sera
    on May 1, 2017

    Thanks for the suggestions, they are all pretty encouraging.
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