Let’s face it, D.C. rent prices are high, and the rental properties are usually pretty small compared to units outside of the city. Rental living can come with a host of benefits like amenities, location, on-site maintenance, etc. However, having limited space does have its setbacks, and not having enough (or any) closet or pantry options can be at the top of the list. If you find yourself in the position of needing more storage, try these creative storage solutions to help maximize storage options in your small space in Washington, D.C!
Creative Storage Ideas for Your Washington, D.C. Rental Property
If you are a bit short on space, go vertical. Simply replace your existing headboard with a storage-providing bookcase or a headboard with built-in storage. Whether you choose a traditional option with more storage or select a more modern look that will provide room for a few select items, making storage out of otherwise dead space is an ideal solution. Not only will this ensure instant style, but you can store all of your favorite photographs, knick-knacks, and, of course, books in a convenient and organized location.
LINEN AND TOWEL DISPLAY:
Do you find yourself searching for a storage solution for your linens and towels? No need to purchase and expensive cabinet! Try using hooks and shelves to display your towels and linens stylishly. Simply buy a few hooks or mountable brackets, mount them to your wall, and roll up your linens/guest towels to store. Be sure to review your lease to ensure you are allowed to use nails in your rental or find a basket you can hang on your wall with a few command strips. It’s an easy-access solution for bathing guests to self-serve, and an easy to remove solution for you. Another way to store those beautiful linens is with a decorative ladder rack. This is a great way to show off those gorgeous, handmade blankets and save space while doing it!
If your entryway has a little extra space, but no extra storage, create an instant mudroom by simply removing shelves in an old bookcase and create a place to hang your bags and place shoes right next to your front door. You will no longer need a coat closet or mudroom; this is a particularly excellent solution for families with school-aged children. Additionally, you can utilize the same amount of space by attaching removable hooks directly on the wall and placing a small shelving unit directly below the coats.
ARMOIRE AS A PANTRY:
Pantries are the mecca of kitchen organization, allowing you to store all your food items, bulky countertop appliances, and erroneous kitchen utilities in a convenient spot. This haven will enable you to utilize your kitchen cabinets for their intended purpose: your dishes and utensils. If you’re a renter that is lacking a pantry but have a little extra floor space, this creative storage solution could be just what you need.
Instead of stuffing your cabinets to the brim, or using a shelf to put your bulk food out in the open, consider purchasing a standing pantry or repurposing an armoire. Add a few hooks for hanging pots, dishtowels, or other items, install a spice rack on the inside of the door, and adjust the shelves as needed. A few minor adjustments will turn a traditional armoire into an enormous pantry, providing shelving, storage solutions, and most importantly, allow for an aesthetically pleasing way to hide all your non-perishable foods and bulk items. The best part? If it doesn’t fit in your kitchen area, you can sneak it in your living area without anyone giving it a second thought.
DISPLAY YOUR DISHES AND COOKWARE:
Most everyone has a few decorate mugs or bowls that they keep around for sentimental reasons. Don’t relegate your eclectic or favorite pieces to the back of the cupboard, display them on a shelf for easy access, and an added pop of color. Not only does this solution add design and style to your kitchen, but it frees up coveted space in the cupboard for items that are bulky or pose a design challenge.
Finding a creative storage solution does not have to be costly or require unapproved hard installations. Renter-friendly solutions simply need just a little bit of creativity to add style and organization to your space. If you need further advice on maximizing your current rental apartment or finding a new rental property, contact Bay Property Management Group Washington D.C.