11 new storage ideas spotted in Scandinavian apartments

We advise you to take a closer look at these functional solutions: they will help you save space and organize convenient storage.

1. Mezzanine storage

Do you think storage on the mezzanine is a relic of the past? But no, this is a very current Scandi trend. Even if the height of the ceilings in the apartment is not impressive, you can find a place where it is not critical: for example, in the bathroom or in the hallway. And, of course, do not forget to think about simple and quick access to what is stored on the mezzanine.

2. Shelves in “inconvenient” corners of the apartment

Scandinavian apartments clearly demonstrate: that even the most “inconvenient” and small space can be put to good use by organizing a storage system using hanging shelves.

3. U-shaped storage systems

If you travel often, you’ve probably already come across this compact and roomy storage option: it’s often used in small hotels. Scandi design readily borrows such simple and functional ideas; it is not surprising that U-shaped storage systems are now relevant for it.

4. Trolleys

The trolley is a mobile and multifunctional piece of furniture that is appropriate in almost any room. In the bedroom it will replace a bedside table, in the bathroom and kitchen it will help organize additional storage, and in the dining room, it will help with serving. Take a closer look: perhaps the cart will cover your interior needs as well.

5. Chair instead of a bedside table

You’ve probably hung things on the back of a chair more than once, but have you thought about using this piece of furniture instead of a bedside table? Here you have temporary storage of a set of clothes for the morning, and a place for a couple of the most necessary things (a glass of water, a book, a mobile phone), and a replacement bench. And if necessary, the chair can be moved to the dressing table – and used for its intended purpose. Or move it to the dining area when guests arrive – and get additional seating.

6. Elongated kitchen without upper cabinets

The fashion for open plans and studio apartments has pushed Scandinavian designers to a kitchen set configuration that is not the most familiar to us. Increasingly, elongated kitchens without upper cabinets are appearing in Scandi interiors. They look more organic next to the living room area or even the bedroom than traditional options.

7. Compact solutions for hallways

Scandinavian youth often opt for more affordable small-sized apartments. In conditions of a modest area, allocating a lot of space for the hallway is an unaffordable luxury, so compact solutions (for example, shelves with hooks or small floor or wall hangers) could not be more relevant.

8. Wall hangers

A Scandinavian life hack that has not yet become popular in western interiors is wall hangers. In Scandi interiors they can be found everywhere, from the hallway to the kitchen. This accessory is especially convenient for temporary storage in the bedroom.

9. Vintage buffets

Vintage furniture is readily used by Scandinavian designers to decorate modern homes.

Professionals are especially fond of retro sideboards, which are used both for their intended purpose and for any open storage in principle (in display cabinet mode).

10. Books on the floor and windowsill

Look at how easily and naturally books are stored in Scandinavian apartments: stacks can lie on window sills, bedside tables, coffee tables, and even on the floor. This move visually makes the interior more lived-in, relaxed and works to personalize the space. 

11. Hanging rods

A hanging rod is an accessory that allows you to organize additional storage even in situations where it would seem, there is absolutely no space.

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