Whether you’re eking out more storage with your closet walls or taking advantage of tight corners, every inch counts in a small place. One DIY friendly item that can help? Hinges. Well-placed hinges allow you to use your small space to its fullest potential.
Consider a ‘ship-style’ desk instead of a regular fold-down table, like the IKEA NORBERG seen above, which has a little ledge so when the tabletop is folded down, you still have a usable narrow shelf. It works well underneath a window as well.
If you’re browsing the project category, you might be familiar with DIYs taking up your entire dining room table. Fabric scraps, paint supplies, and scissors for every medium scattered everywhere all the time. Karisa of Petite Modern Life was tired of fighting for crafting space and converted a closet into her sewing haven. She built a fold down table that cleverly acts as a chalkboard when folded up.
Campers are the ultimate teachers for small space living. Take a cue from Jordan and Brittany Griggs’s camper kitchen and add to your prep space with a folding countertop. Julie DIY’ed a similar project for her full sized kitchen in lieu of a bulky kitchen cart.
Jen Woodhouse wanted a Ballard Designs drying rack for her narrow laundry room, but didn’t love the $100 price. So she built one for $30! She used locking hinges to keep the rack nice and stable.
You can have a beautiful folding countertop for your laundry room even if your washer & dryer have a top control panel. Dana of House Tweaking added a “trap door” to her folding counter so she still has full, functional access to her unit.
The kitchen in this Los Angeles bungalow, designed by Jeff Troyer, had enough space for an island but needed seating that didn’t interrupt the flow to the rest of the house. These hinged bar stools tuck neatly into the island so the homeowner can still fully access the pantry without giving up the island.