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One-Story Storage

What can you do with just 600 square feet? An super-efficient floor plan containing a great-room, bedroom, and full bath, cleverly constructed cabinets, and multifunctional furniture makes this small one-story home live large.


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    • Multipurpose Spaces

      Decorated in crisp white and blue with pops of spring green, the inviting open living area not only serves as living, dining, kitchen, and work space -- it can also host up to three guests thanks to a trundle bed/bench squeezed into a window niche and a traditional pullout sofa. An ottoman serves as a coffee table with hidden storage beneath its upholstered lid.

    • Playing Games

      Drawers pull out from under the daybed to reveal clever storage for games when the homeowner is entertaining. Store items near the place you are most likely to use them for an easy and convenient way to stay organized.

    • Easy Viewing

      A wall-hung TV frees up space for media equipment on shelves below. Storage baskets mix the room's color palette -- green and blue -- and add more pattern, playfulness, and storage to the room.  

    • Dine or Work

      With the help of wall-mount file pockets and a portable file box, a small table in a corner of the living room easily goes from dining to an impromptu office. Swivel stools tuck neatly under the table when not in use, saving space in the small quarters.

    • Built-In Storage

      Hallways are for more than navigating through a space. By borrowing just a little square footage from surrounding rooms and making the hallway wider, you can greatly multiply storage options. Here, floor-to-ceiling shelves line the walls surrounding the curtained bedroom entry. Or, if you already have a wide hallway, consider adding banks of shelves around the doorway or at the end of a passageway. Add cabinet doors to lower shelves for hidden storage.

    • Snug in Bed

      The petite bedroom features two skinny closets that flank the entry and four deep drawers below the bed. A bounty of baskets and boxes adds another layer of shipshape organization to this miniature marvel.

    • Stow Away

      A nightstand-headboard at one end of the bed packs extra storage under the eaves, while four drawers built into the base of the bed store folded clothes and shoes without taking up additional floor space.

    • Baskets for Belongings

      A pair of narrow closets provides ample storage for clothing and shoes. Baskets corral socks and shoes, while hooks for laundry and tote bags maximize back-of-the-door space.

    • Store in Style

      Don't skimp on style when outfitting a small space with storage. Find solutions that blend beauty and function. In the bathroom, a vanity features storage for bath items in the cabinet and on an open shelf below. A pair of pretty glass canisters house cotton balls and swabs.

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      Organize & Hide

      Cabinets in the hallway near the kitchen house office supplies. A bamboo stationery holder, stacking flip-top bins, and an acrylic organizer stash small items such as paper clips, pens, and computer cords, while larger canvas bins hold notepads, printer paper, file folders, and gift-wrapping supplies.

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      Modest & Functional

      Open shelving, small-scale cabinets, and a slender pantry work together to create an efficient galley kitchen featuring a two-burner cooktop and a sink. Baskets hold bulk items and take advantage of the extra space near the ceiling, while boxes above the cooktop contain dish towels and napkins.

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      Pack It In

      The pantry keeps the microwave and toaster ovens hidden yet accessible. Baskets and wooden bins hold packaged food and beverages on adjustable shelves; clear acrylic canisters provide airtight storage for snacks. Sets of canisters come in uniform sizes so they can stack together nicely, the way a hodgepodge of food packages often don't.

    • Solve the Most Annoying Kitchen Storage Problems
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      BONUS: Solve Kitchen Storage Problems

      No matter the size of your kitchen, use these tricks to solve your storage woes.

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      11 Small-House Tricks

      Homeowner and designer Doug Davis shows how he makes the most of his charming 534-square-foot home. Steal the decorating and space tricks that make it live big for your own small spaces.
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