Studio Apartment Storage Ideas to Make the Most of Your Space
A few weeks ago I shared my apartment tour video. If you've seen it, you probably know that we live in a very tiny New York City studio apartment. Storage in a studio apartment is challenging. The size of our apartment is only about 480 sq ft and it is an open-concept apartment with a separate kitchen. It's generally just one room that is our living space.
New York City studio apartment
We've been living here for a few months now and I thought it would be a good time to share some studio apartment storage ideas for you guys that also live in a small apartment or are about to move into a small apartment.
If you live in New York City like myself, you know that space is precious. Most of the tips that I'm going to share with you are focused on furniture items that help you to either save space or that will utilize your space better.
I know not everybody owns a home right now so there are very limited things you can do in terms of construction and layout and architecture of the space.
Without further ado, let's go ahead and start in my bathroom.
Over-the-toilet bathroom storage
I first discovered the over-the-toilet storage shelf when I was first shopping for an apartment. I got this at Walmart.
We all know that the space over the toilet is that dead space that not many people utilize enough, which is the reason why I decided to buy the storage shelf to keep things like beauty products, extra toilet paper, and feminine products.
I think this purchase is very useful because we all know we only have so much space under the sink. This is something that instantly adds extra storage to your small bathroom.
Shower shelf unit
The next item is for your shower area. I found this vertical shower caddy that helps you to utilize that vertical space that everybody always talks about, going all the way from the bottom of the bathtub to the ceiling, and has a lot more storage than standard shower caddies for your bathroom products, which I like.
The next area is going to be the closet since we're still in my bathroom. I have my closet inside the bathroom. It's a tiny closet, definitely not enough space even for one person. If you live in an area with different seasons, I always recommend only using your closet space for items that are appropriate for the season you're in.
For example, right now it's almost June in New York City, so I already put away all my winter items such as sweaters, coats, and jackets. I only have my summer clothes and my work clothes in this closet.
Studio apartment bedroom storage
Let's now move into my bedroom area. If you've seen other apartment storage videos, you've probably heard a lot of people talking about the space under your bed.
Suitcases for underbed storage
We moved back to New York City with about five suitcases and we store all of them under our bed. We don't just put a bunch of suitcases under our bed. We utilize that space inside our suitcases.
That's where we keep all of our winter clothes or things like Christmas decorations, Halloween costumes, or any other items that we don't have to use all year round. We just tuck all of them inside the suitcases. It's a quick and easy tip to add extra storage to your studio apartment.
The next item on our list is our couch. I would say couch shopping is probably the most time-consuming part of the whole apartment-shopping adventure.
The reason why is that I wanted a couch that could turn into a bed in case we have somebody visiting. I also really wanted to find a couch that has storage underneath. Since it's already a bulky, big item that takes up a lot of space in your apartment, you might as well store something inside of it.
We have a little area where we keep all of our blankets and things like extra water bottles. I also have my work and my gaming laptop down here. You can store a lot of things under your couch. If you are currently couch shopping, I would recommend finding something that has that extra storage underneath.
Studio apartment entrance storage
Moving on to our entrance area, we have our coat and shoe rack, and vertical space. So we use this guy to hang our jackets, and coats, as well as our handbags, and even store our shoes at the bottom.
It's just one big, very convenient storage area that helps you to keep everything organized. It's a good way to not clutter up your entryway, which is very narrow in our apartment.
I also have two baskets or bins that I found on Facebook Marketplace. If you live in a very small space, you don't want it to be messy and cluttered up with a bunch of little items that are laying around.
For me, it's often workout equipment and magazines and books and other things that I tend to just put all over the place. I have all my workout equipment, my yoga mats, and then our dumbbells and yoga blocks. So I think these are two very cute and small items that you can use to keep your space organized.
Studio apartment storage ideas
That's pretty much it for our studio apartment. Those were the furniture items that help us survive in this tiny apartment and utilize
our space. I hope my storage ideas help you to organize your small space.
What’s your favorite way to maximize storage in your studio apartment? Share it with us in the comments!