smart spending

5 frugal ways to expand your living space

Organize and store
Next
Slide 3 of 6
Back
Organize and store

Do you remember being a poor college student living in a cramped room, perfectly content, using a milk crate as a chair and storage bin? That same mentality can still save you a considerable amount of space as an adult, and you don't have to use something quite as Bohemian as a milk crate.

One option is furniture that can double as storage such as tables and beds with drawers or ottomans with storage chests hidden inside.

Another great way to declutter your home and store things is to get as much as you can off the floor. "The most wasted space in any home is usually the vertical space," says Janel Laban, executive editor of home decoration and remodeling website, Apartment Therapy.

Installing shelves on your walls requires nothing more than a trip to the hardware store and a quick, simple installation that will give you more floor space. It's also an attractive way to create the appearance of a spacious room. Shelves range in price from $17.79 to $23.68 per linear foot, according to HomeWyse.com's shelving calculator.

An even more attractive and creative suggestion from Laban is to wrap a bookshelf around a window, installing the shelves to the sides and above the window. "It ends up looking like it's built-in when it's really three fairly inexpensive stand-alone shelves," Laban says.


Next
Slide 3 of 6
Back

 

 

 

advertisement

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
MORTGAGE HOME EQUITY AUTO CDs CREDIT CARDS
Product Rate Change Last week
30 year fixed, 0 point 4.26%  0.22 4.48%
15 year fixed, 0 point 3.30%  0.01 3.31%
5/1 ARM 3.30%  0.05 3.35%
 
View Rates in your area Search
Product Rate Change Last week
30K FICO-based HELOC 4.75%  0.01 4.76%
50K FICO-based HELOC 4.51%  0.01 4.52%
100K FICO-based HELOC 4.24% --0.00 4.24%
 
View Rates in your area Search
Product Rate Change Last week
60 month used car loan 2.86%  0.23 3.09%
48 month used car loan 2.79%  0.42 3.21%
60 month new car loan 2.94%  0.04 2.98%
 
View Rates in your area Search
Product Rate Change Last week
1 Year CD 0.89%  0.01 0.88%
2 Year CD 1.01%  0.02 1.03%
5 Year CD 1.59%  0.07 1.66%
 
View Rates in your area Search
Product Rate Change Last week
Balance Transfer Cards 15.71%  0.01 15.70%
Cash Back Cards 16.36% --0.00 16.36%
Low Interest Cards 10.91% --0.00 10.91%
 
Search
advertisement
FRUGAL NEWSLETTER

Discover new ways to cut costs and save more every day. Reduce your spending, not life’s pleasures. Delivered weekly.

advertisement
Partner Center
advertisement

Connect with us