Clever Folding Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Get more out of your closet, countertop, or kitchen. 

If your home has minimal closet space, lacks countertop area, or could use more cabinets, let these hardworking storage solutions make up for it. Smart designs that unfurl when you need them and fold away when you’re not using them make it easy to find space you didn’t even know existed in your home.

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Origami 3-Shelf Folding Rack

Photo by Container Store

Unfold this rolling storage rack whenever you need an extra spot to store towels in the bathroom or to stash dishes in the kitchen. When you don’t need it, the entire unit folds together so it can be hidden in a closet.

To buy: $59;

Umbra Xdry Folding Dish Rack and Mat

Photo by Urban Outfitters

If you don’t have the luxury of an endless expanse of kitchen countertop, opt for a folding dish drying rack that can stow away when not in use. This smart design by Umbra even has hooks designed for holding stemware and plenty of slots for plates and platters.

To buy: $34;

Yamazaki Home Smart Folding Over-the-Door Hook

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Skip the space-hogging coat rack. When guests arrive, fold down this over-the-door hook to hold their coats, rather than piling them sloppily on a bed or couch. When the party’s over, simply flip the hook back up to save space.

To buy: $25;

Me Time Bamboo Bath Tray Caddy

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Don’t let a tiny bathroom stop you from enjoying a relaxing bath after a stressful day. This wooden bath caddy has metal arms that extend to fit your tub, but fold away for compact storage.

To buy: $49;

Bronze Double Folding Hamper

Photo by Container Store

If you don’t want to waste an inch of valuable closet space, opt for a folding hamper than can slide close to the wall when it’s not laundry day.

To buy: $40;