Sometimes necessity brings about the best and most creative ideas. A shortage of space is an inspiring dilemma with potentially great results. In order to make use of absolutely every available space in her apartment, online lifestyle editor Briana turned the open space under the stairs into a home office. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Table for Two

Every small-space dweller knows that hidden storage and two-in-one furniture make coping with space limitations just a bit easier. This clever coffee table not only has a great hidden compartment to store remotes and magazines, but it also turns into a dinner table for two.

Open Shelving

If your kitchen is short on cupboards or if you just want to make it seem more spacious, opt for open shelving. You can show off your favorite dishes while keeping your kitchen feeling open, airy and a little less small. Image courtesy of A Country Farmhouse

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Office Space

Adequate-sized closets can be hard to come by, but if you have an extra one, make the most of it. Turn your spare closet into so much more than a storage compartment. Create a tidy home office that you can shut away when it’s not in use.

Look Book

Are you a book junkie living in a small space? Rather than attempting to squeeze even more cumbersome bookshelves into your petite home, choose a book tower. Towers allow you to stack your books and take advantage of vertical space. Plus, it’s a unique way to display your favorite titles.

Perfect Pantry

If your spare closet is near the kitchen, like the dining room closet featured here, it could serve as a pantry and a great place to store excess kitchen supplies. Design by Joanne Cannell