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    41 Things People With Small Apartments Actually Use

    Make your space feel bigger with practical furniture, storage solutions, organization products, and more.

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    1. A toilet paper stocker perfect for anyone who doesn't have any storage space for extra rolls. This discreetly stores them and ensures that you'll never be stuck without toilet paper.

    White rectangle holder with a small square cut out in the bottom left corner, revealing rolls of toilet paper inside

    2. A four-in-one folding ottoman sleeper that easily changes from an ottoman to a lounger to a twin bed, so you don't have to worry about keeping an air mattress in your limited storage space for guests.

    3. A floating bedside drawer you attach to the wall next to your bed so you have a place to keep your phone, book, and glasses at night *plus* ample room around the bed to make it feel bigger.

    Rectangle white wood drawer with a light brown wood top attached to the wall next to the bed with a book, coffee cup, and vase on it

    4. A baker's rack designed with a countertop, two large shelves, one small shelf, and a bar with four hooks that'll transform your kitchen and make it feel less like you're cooking in a shoebox.

    Reviewer photo of the baker's rack filled with kitchen products and a microwave, showing how much it can actually store

    5. An ottoman with a secret — it's got places to store your shoes so they don't clutter the ground or your closet! Plus, this also functions as a comfy seat.

    Circular faux-leather ottoman with the tufted lid next to it and striped fabric cubbies with shoes in inside of it

    6. A customizable dog-feeding station designed with space under the bowls for you to store all your pup's toys, treats, and accessories that may otherwise just clutter up floor space.

    An elevated dog feeding station with a green drawer as a base and a flat wooden top with two silver food bowls installed

    7. A ceramic nonstick cookware set that comes with magnetic pot holders and a canvas lid holder so you can instantly organize the set and keep it from taking over your whole kitchen.

    The four pants in green in the rack in a cabinet with the lid holder with the green lids in the slots hanging on the door

    8. A three-tier rolling metal storage cart small enough that it can fit in any corner or even a closet and keep everything — including art, cleaning, and beauty supplies — neatly together.

    9. A compact metal dish rack and microfiber mat set that won't take up all your precious counter space but still give you ample room to let your dishes dry. Plus, when you're not using it, it can easily be stored in the cabinet under the sink.

    Reviewer picture of the small dish drying rack with the black mat under it with assorted dishes in it next to a sink

    10. A two-shelf wooden floor lamp to add some light to the room and give you a place to store your favorite little trinkets. When the room is small, multipurpose furniture will help a lot.

    The square two-tier wood shelf with a light at the top

    11. A slide-out storage tower so you can ~squeeze~ the most out of your kitchen even if you have less cabinet space than you thought was even possible.

    Reviewer pic of the three-tier skinny storage tower with assorted kitchen products in between a stove and fridge

    12. A freestanding bike rack for a place to store your bike in your apartment — without making it feel like you've brought the sidewalk inside with you.

    the silver metal bike rack

    13. A four-in-one air fryer that not only air fries, but also roasts, bakes, and reheats, meaning you can get rid of your microwave (as one reviewer did) and barely use your oven. Yes, this machine will take up space on your counter, but you'll be able to do SO much with it, that it's worth it. Trust me, once you try the air fry life, there's no going back.

    14. A folding laptop table that looks so nice you might not even want to fold it up and store it in a closet when you're done working. (But you totally can if you need that extra space.)

    Reviewer pic of the desk with wood top and metal legs in a room

    15. Or a hanging window desk designed to take a window and transform it into a standing desk — one that won't infringe on your space too much. When you live where you work, and work where you live, especially in a small space, you want a desk that won't take over the whole room.

    A wooden desk hung up by ropes and suction to a window with a laptop on it

    16. A set of three nesting trays you can use individually or together to stash important things, such as keys and glasses, because sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference.

    Rounded rectangle trays stacked within each other in three sizes in dark blue, light blue, and beige with a watch and AirPods case sitting in them

    17. A set of magnetic glass spice jars worth the investment because you can stick them to the side of your fridge and easily grab the cumin when the recipe you're making calls for it.

    Reviewer pic of a number of glass spice jars stuck to the side of a fridge

    18. A hanging cocktail bar so you have a place to store your collection of alcohol and make drinks when guests come over. And the best thing about this compact bar: You can fold it away on Monday morning as you get back to regularly scheduled work life.

    A wooden square-shaped hanging cocktail bar secured to a wall with drinks and glasses resting on the open wood

    19. A sofa table skinny enough to not take up a ton of space but still add some life to any room — from the entryway or even behind the couch.

    20. A velvet ottoman with interior storage and a lid that can be used as a seat/foot rest or a small side table. This multifunctional (and beautiful) piece of furniture will for sure quickly become a favorite piece of yours.

    21. A velvet L-shaped sectional you'll be able to lounge and relax on without feeling like it's taking over your entire living room.

    A blue velvet sectional couch with an l-like shape in a living room

    22. A two-tier expandable shelf specifically designed to fit under your sink to utilize all that wasted space so you can organize and hide away more toiletries and cleaning supplies.

    Reviewer pic of before and after putting the shelf in the cabinet under the sink. On the left, disorganized supplies everywhere and on the right, the same supplies now organized nicely with even more on the three differently-sized shelves

    23. A cutting board and strainer hybrid that collapses down for smaller storage but will also fit across your sink, giving ya some extra counter space so you don't have to chop your veggies while awkwardly sitting down at the kitchen table. Ugh, my life would have been changed in my first NYC apartment if I had this.

    A chopping board with strainer built in placed over sink

    24. A six-shelf wall-mount bookcase with a minimalist design to help you ~maximize~ your space, so even if you stuff it full with books, plants, trinkets, or even shoes, it won't look like a cluttered mess that makes the room feel smaller.

    Reviewer pic of the six-tier bookshelf with light brown wood shelves and white rods attached to the wall with books and trinks on the top four shelves and assorted shoes and accessories on the bottom shelves

    25. A two-tier entertainment stand for anyone to store both their record player and vinyl collection in a compact way that's still incredibly easy to use.

    Reviewer pic of the brown wood two-tier stand with black wire slots in the middle holding vinyl records and a record player on top

    26. A foldable kitchen island cart you can keep stored away in a closet until you're cooking and need a place to chop veggies that isn't the counter where all your other ingredients are.

    27. A magnetic knife-and-utensil holder that will really ~stick~ out in your kitchen, in the best way possible, of course. It will hold your most-used utensils, such as knives, and make even more room in your drawers.

    The wall-mounted stainless-steel strip holding up a set of knives and whisk

    28. A customizable sofette with seven different ways you can change it to fit your style and the size of your home, from the configuration, to the pillow shape, and even the upholstery.

    The two-cushion sofette in blue weave with dark brown legs

    29. A floating hidden bookshelf for that pile of books you've been telling yourself you're going to read "so so soon" but have just been cluttering up your floor. You can turn that pile into wall art with this bookshelf. Or for any other items you have a lot of in your home — from memorabilia to a shoe collection.

    30. A Roll Keeper organizer perfect for anyone whose T-shirt (or leggings) collection keeps growing all the time even though you tell yourself you're going to stop. This handy device holds 16 (or more) rolls in a compact way that won't take up your closet, even if it's teeny-tiny (like the rest of your apartment).

    the buzzfeed writer's closet door closed with several shirts hanging from a hook at the top of the door. The shirts are attached by rolling them up and putting them through stretchy loops

    31. A bed frame with a hidden storage compartment where you can store sweaters, shoes, or anything else that needs a home when your room is busting at the seams. Plus, you can easily lift the bed to get whatever you need, instead of having to get on the floor and reach as far as you can to get the pair of shoes that have made their way to the dead center of the bed.

    A tufted bed frame consisting of the frame and headboard with the mattress lifted up from the bottom, revealing hollow storage underneath

    32. A three-tier bamboo shelf rack that's compact but can be used in so many different ways. You can set it next to your toilet as a compact space for extra towels and products, or if you have limited floor space, hang it on the wall so you can easily grab your toothbrush and other beauty products.

    33. An over-bed shelf designed to act as a headboard, but a way more functional one, because you can use the shelves for extra storage.

    The shelf over a bed

    34. A four-bar behind-the-door towel rack great for anyone with roommates and not nearly enough space to hang things in the bathroom. With this slim design, you can fit all your towels behind the door and easily grab yours when you take a shower.

    35. An over-the-cabinet bag holder perfect for the mountain of plastic bags that you've somehow all accumulated instead of just stuffing them in a closet and hoping for the best. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    The metal mesh bag holder attached to the inside of a cabinet with a number of plastic bags inside

    36. A five-position, six-hook rack so all your cleaning tools (e.g., mops, brooms, etc.) are nice and orderly. They'll also take up less space hanging neatly on the wall instead of in the corner of a closet.

    37. A three-tier hook hanger because accessories (especially purses) are some of the hardest things to keep orderly, right? This magic device is basically six (or more!) hangers in one.

    38. A lift-top coffee table with a hidden storage compartment so you can hide away all the random magazines and catalogs you've been sent in the mail that end up making the room feel more cluttered than it actually is.

    The brown coffee table with a shelf at the bottom and thick inner area with the top lifted up, with a laptop on top, showing how you can use it as a workstation

    39. A shower curtain with pockets that may look a little strange, but if you don't have any storage space in your bathroom or shower, this will keep everything right where you need it so you don't end up knocking down every single bottle when you turn around in the shower.

    Clear shower curtain with nine pockets of different sizes all over with assorted bathroom accessories in them

    40. A three-piece table set with stools that fit underneath to take up less space when you're not using it.

    Reviewer pic of the tall table in brown with a marble-like top and two stools under it, also in brown

    41. And an exercise workstation bike you can use as exercise equipment, a workspace, or a combination of the two. Reviewers say this bike doesn't take up too much space and is easy to move around and use. If you work from home, this is a great way to stay active while you tackle your to-do list.

    Reviewer sitting on bike desk

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