10 Space-Saving Products That Will Help You Live Large in Small Spaces

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Dwelling on the small side?

If you live in a small apartment or tiny house, you know that small-space living comes with its own set of challenges. To make life easier, we’ve put together this list of 10 space-saving products that you’ll never know how you lived without! 🙌

Let’s start with space-saving products for your living room:

1. Make your own entertainment center with these wall shelves.

Collin's wall shelves displaying home decor

If you’re looking to display books, movies, picture frames, or other home décor in the living room, but don’t have room for a full-size bookshelf or entertainment center, these Bergshult wall shelves are a perfect solution. You can even hang these shelves above the TV as Collin did.

2. Hold things (and people!) with this versatile stool.

white stool with plant sitting in room on wood floor

If you’re looking for a versatile yet affordable side table, plant holder, or seating option for when guests come over, this IKEA Marius stool is just $5.99 and a total space-saving solution – Collin even shared all the reasons why she loves them in her home. Plus, they can be easily stacked so you can keep several on hand and storage is easy breezy!

3. Turn your couch arm into an instant coffee table.

wood slat coaster tray on couch arm with blue cup and bowl

If you’re short on space and don’t have room for a side table or coffee table, here’s another great option! This K&H Design wooden couch arm tray fits over the arm of your sofa or chair, making an instant coaster or tray to place your coffee, drinks, and snacks without worrying about them spilling.

For even more sofa arm tray options and lower prices, be sure to browse Amazon here.

Here are some space-saving products for your kitchen:

4. Hang mugs and more with this metal rack.

metal rack on kitchen wall with various coffee mugs hanging on it

If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, but don’t have a lot of cabinet space in the kitchen to store your mugs, this metal coffee mug rack on Amazon provides plenty of storage! Don’t use mugs? You can also hang this rack in the bathroom or closet to organize jewelry, scarves, belts, or other accessories.

Hip Tip: For more affordable farmhouse-inspired home decor, check out these popular Magnolia knockoffs that we found or try Lina’s easy DIY shiplap on your next room project!

5. Keep your spices nearby with this magnetic spice rack.

black rack on wall with various green lid spices sitting in it

If you like to cook but have a small kitchen without a lot of pantry or cabinet space, this spice rack magnetic organizer is another gadget we love! It sticks right on your fridge and keeps all the everyday cooking spices within reach. Plus, it has a strong magnet on the back that can hold up to five pounds!

6. Save counter space with this roll-up dish drying rack.

various clean dishes sitting on over the sink drying rack

If you don’t have a dishwasher or need a drying rack that won’t take up a lot of counter space, this roll-up dish drying rack is a must-have kitchen tool and team fave! It fits nicely over the sink and then rolls right up when you’re finished! You can even use it to wash fresh produce and prep food.

Hip Tip: Check out these other kitchen gadgets we don’t think you can live without!

Space-saving products for your bathroom:

7. Store bathroom toiletries & essentials on these wall shelves.

white shelves on gray wall with various bathroom essentials on each shelf

Don’t have any bathroom cabinets or need more space to store all your favorite essentials? Collin loves this Hemnes wall shelf from IKEA – it’s great for storing lots of items and even has a built-in towel rack! Plus, it’s pretty narrow compared to your typical set of shelves so it should be able to fit just about anywhere – including right by the doorway!

8. Transform your wall outlet into a handy ledge.

amazon alexa with blue light sitting on white outlet shelf

From easily storing your Amazon Alexa to electric toothbrushes – and even small oil diffusers – the Echogear outlet wall shelf is a space maker! It transforms your wall outlets into a convenient ledge, freeing up that valuable counter space and making your bathroom look much more organized!

Space-saving products for the bedroom:

9. Hide items under your bed with these storage containers.

white storage bin with clothing under bed

If you have a lot of clothing but not a lot of space for a dresser OR just need somewhere to store extra items, consider grabbing some of these STOCKERBIT storage boxes! These bins tuck nicely under your bed and even have a lid that folds in the middle so you only need to pull out half the box to reach your things.

10. Keep floor space clean with this over-the-door laundry hamper.

close up of gray fabric hanging on door with stacked laundry appliances in background

Instead of keeping a bulky laundry hamper in your bedroom or bathroom, consider using this highly rated over-the-door hanging laundry hamper! It easily hangs behind the door and even has a zipper in the back so you can easily unzip and drop the clothing into the washing machine when needed. Hang one in every bedroom (5 colors available!) to keep everyone’s laundry organized.

Check Out These 10 Ways to Make a Small Living Room Look Bigger!

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 21

  1. renae

    I need those under bed storage boxes!!! They’re only available in store… any options online that someone has tried?

  2. Clare

    OMG! The magnetic spice rack!!! Genius! Thank you!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, Clare!

  3. Samantha

    An over the door pantry rack and a magnetic knife strip for the wall help free up cabinet/drawer/counter space

  4. Christine

    The outlet shelf……Omg! Ordering now!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! Hope you love it!

  5. Ruby C

    Anyone have a over the door spice rack and know where I could order one? I need one that actually hangs over the door and one that you do not have to screw into the door. I have alot of spice jars. Thanks in advance. I saw a couple on Amazon but thought maybe some one else had other places I could look.

    • Ashley

      I got one at Bed, Bath, and Beyond a while back but I don’t remember how much it was.

    • Taryn

      I was just going to ask this same thing! So many spices so little room😱

  6. oreostevens

    Thanks for taking the time to post these ideas. They are so creative and practical.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re so welcome! Glad you enjoyed this list!

  7. Ruby C

    In reply to Ashley. Thanks, I always forget about that store. Will check it out. Thanks for responding.

  8. Ruby C

    In reply to Taryn. So true, so many spices so little room. Hope we both find what we are looking for.

  9. alh071

    Just ordered the over the door hamper. Love it.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Awesome! SO glad you could grab it!

  10. Sara

    I ordered the magnetic spice rack the last time it was posted here. When it arrived, it didn’t have a magnet. The replacement did have a magnet. It definitely stays on my refrigerator, but I noticed that the magnet can be fairly easily peeled off the back of the rack. The magnet is not glued down or built in.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback, Sara. Happy you were able to score a replacement!

  11. nldaadmin

    When my mom retired to a studio apartment in a FL retirement community long ago, she had zero storage space. We found a behind-the-door shelving unit (similar to this one at Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Closet-for-Products-Home-Complete-Organizer-Space-Saving-Cleaning-Door-The-More-Storage-Pantry-Kitchen-Jars-Hanging-Shelves-Spices/213945338 .) The handyman screwed it into the very top of the closet door, and it made all the difference for her.

  12. Twila

    I have the roll-up dish drain. I love it, keeps things draining without taking up space on the counter for a drainer and drain board.

  13. Adam Rich

    Very nice, love the ideas.

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