Space-Saving Ideas Under $50

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On a tight budget in a tiny apartment? Here are our top ten space-saving ideas that will cost you $50 or less — perfect for those of you who are trying to save money and space at the same time. All prices on the items below were under $50 as of the post date.

The Bedroom

When there’s so much stuff in your bedroom that you hardly have room for yourself, you’ve got to make more space. Where better to put your stuff then the place you used to hide messes when you were a kid … under the bed.

1. Bed Risers — These sturdy supports allow you to elevate your bed to create more room underneath. You can even stack them to create even more height. A set of 4 will cost you only $9.99 at Target.

2. Under-the-Bed Storage Boxes — Take advantage of your new-found under-bed storage with several flat storage bins. Plastic models are available at most home furnishing stores for everything from papers to toiletries. If your closet can’t hold another thing, consider canvas-clothing bags available at Bed, Bath & Beyond. They are designed to fit under the bed and come with cedar wood inserts to keep your clothes smelling great.

The Closet

Apartment closets are never big enough. If you live in a tiny apartment, chances are you only have one closet. Consider yourself lucky. Some apartment dwellers don’t get closet space at all. So do your best to take advantage of the little space you’ve got with some of these ideas.

3. Multiple Hangers — Don’t rely on flimsy metal hangers from the dry cleaners. They may be small, but they aren’t space efficient. Instead, pick up hangers and racks that take advantage of the vertical space in your closet. You can buy hangers from Ikea that hook onto each other and look great, and cost only $2.49 for a set of 8.

4. Over-the-Door Storage — Take a look at the floor of your closet. Do you see a set of labeled, organized storage boxes, or a jumble of mismatched shoes? Be honest — you need to do something with those shoes. Luckily, inexpensive shoe organizers can take advantage of the wasted space on the back of your closet door. An over-the-door hanger from Target can hold 36 pairs of shoes.

5. Closet Storage Bins — Now that you’ve cleaned up that closet floor, you can take advantage of the new space. Nifty and useful honeycomb storage bins are available at

The Kitchen

We don’t believe large apartment kitchens actually exist. Have you ever seen one? We didn’t think so.

6. Kitchen Cart — Chances are you’re suffering from serious countertop shortage. You can buy a kitchen cart from Ikea that adds counter space and storage space at the same time.

7. Cabinet Shelving — If you’ve run out of cabinet space, make use of the cabinets’ height by adding some simple shelving. Stainless steel stackable shelves available at the Container Store are sturdy and look good enough to display outside the cabinets.

The Bathroom

Saving space in the bathroom is all about taking advantage of unused wall space.

8. Bathroom Wall Storage — It takes a little work to install, but it will be worthwhile once you hang a simple shelf and towel rack combo unit like these from Target. Accessorize with a chrome shelf or a wood one, depending on your bathroom’s decor.

9. Under the Sink — This is the most neglected area in the bathroom. Shelves designed to fit under the sink can hold cleaning supplies, extra toilet paper, and other bulky items that won’t fit in the medicine cabinet. Under-sink storage shelves are available at the Container Store.

The Hallway

In small apartments, you have to take advantage of every unused spot. If you’re lucky enough to have a hallway, make it work for you.

10. Wall Shelving — You can find simple wall shelves at Ikea that attach directly to the wall, so they won’t clutter narrow passageways. Place photos, flowers, and other decorative items here to greet visitors when they enter your newly organized apartment.

Get creative with your small space and organize it in a fun, decorative way without breaking the bank!

17 Responses to “Space-Saving Ideas Under $50”

  1. June 03, 2007 at 8:50 am, Guest said:

    I love this post, I live in an apartment and of course there is never enough space. I have a new site online called it is for all women of business on the internet, you might fit the profile, so come submit your site.



  2. June 06, 2007 at 12:42 pm, Guest said:

    excelentes ideas…Felicidades


  3. September 24, 2007 at 11:54 am, Guest said:

    I found these amazing storage bins at IKEA called Trones. They’re shown stacked on top of eachother here, but they come apart and can be placed on a wall horizontally also:

    They open out on a hinge and provide great storage for hats/gloves, small apatment tools, mail, etc.
    Highly reccommended!


  4. February 04, 2008 at 12:36 pm, Guest said:

    I find that sometimes I have no space to sit. So I came up with the idea to use the toilet bowl as a couch.. i moved a small 5 inch TV that I have placed on a shelf over the bathtub. The water sink being close to me is a big plus for when I get thirsty, also I don’t have to go to the washroom anymore because I’m already there.

    There is one small problem, when I turn on the light my fan kicks in automatically. It can get quite noisy at times.. Especially when I have friends over.


  5. February 28, 2008 at 9:32 pm, Guest said:

    helpful hints, but those wooden hangers from ikea don’t hook onto each other, it just looks like they do in the picture. they’re just normal wooden hangers:)


  6. March 03, 2008 at 11:01 am, Anonymous said:

    Whatta LewLew – Bookcases! Don’t forget bookcases! I hunt (and haunt) yard sales and thrift stores for bookcases. A coat of fresh paint can really make an old bookcase look brand new and the finished product can double as side tables in the living room or bed room or kitchen! Place ceramic tiles on top of a book case to protect the top and you can remove hot pans to it, too! I use decorative tiles (12 X 12 or 18 X 18) in the kitchen to protect my Formica counter tops, too! Bookcases may also be placed on their sides to make interesting storage units with a shorter profile!


  7. March 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm, Guest said:

    target has hangers with notches for straps (durable plastic, mine are white) for only 1.29 for a set of 13. This is what i stocked up on when moving into the dorm room freshman year. haven’t had to buy hangers since. 🙂


  8. March 27, 2008 at 11:13 am, Guest said:

    Instead of bedside tables in the bedroom, try using square storage chests. There’s alot of attractive ones out there and you’ll love having the extra storage!


  9. May 27, 2008 at 2:21 am, Guest said:

    Haha, delete that comment with the Ikea hangers. As “Guest” said, they don’t hook to each other. It’s pretty obvious if you look at the image.


  10. August 14, 2008 at 8:20 pm, Guest said:

    some of those ideas are great but in Australia and other countries i believe it’s impossibleto install anything to even attaching hooks can be a nightmare.


  11. September 08, 2008 at 1:50 pm, Guest said:

    Gosh, these are such great ideas! I was looking for storage ideas outside of some delightful wood ottomans i found at walmart:

    I like the cedar underbed storage bags. Great for my down comforter in the summer, I hope!

    – Goldie


  12. October 17, 2008 at 9:20 am, Guest said:

    That is such a good idea! You could probably get a few of the small bookshelves from wal mart or whatever,put some of those tiles on them and place them against your dining room wall for extra shelving/eating space! You could even cover up the dishes, if they don’t match by glueing or stapling a nice fabric over the shelf!


  13. October 17, 2008 at 9:24 am, Guest said:

    I found a pretty nice towel holder that hangs off of the door at wal mart. It was about ten dollars and works quite well! I love hanging things from doors because you don’t make holes in the walls and it’s so easy to move things around that way!


  14. November 09, 2008 at 5:36 pm, Guest said:

    These are good suggestions, I find that the most useful tips is going vertical with storage and using over-thedoor-hangers. I also enjoyed the bed lifter suggestion because why not go verical with the bed too?


  15. February 08, 2009 at 11:22 am, Katie said:

    I do most of this already (bed risers and cabinet shelves are amazing), but I love the bookcases with tiles idea! I think I’ll try that in my next apartment.


  16. April 13, 2009 at 8:53 am, too easy said:

    man, i am surprised everyone dosnt already do most of these things! come on, on of the ideas is shelves! and they filled out 10 with that? there are 100s of space saving ideas you would have never heard of if you look around, 10 is a good start, but really keep it going!! how about putting magnets on the remote controls and a metat sheet under the coffee table and keeping them under instead of on the table! now thats one people dont think of! put your tv on rollers and store it out of the way when you are not using it…it is a lot of space and makes a social area so much bigger for parties and get togethers. there is a bimonthly magazine that publishes 110 space reducing ideas every issue…some of that will blow your mind..!


  17. March 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm, deb said:

    Over the door shoe hangers for scarfs, gloves,hats. Place in your coat closet. All in one place and easy to grab on your way out.


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