When you and your beau finally take the plunge and move in together, the next step is figuring out space and making room for everything (that includes his vintage record collection and your extensive assortment of decorative barware). The truth is, many engaged and newlywed couples are living in tiny apartments or small-scale starter homes. That means lots of expert negotiating, consolidating, and Marie Kondo–style evaluation of all your belongings. If this gives you anxiety, just know that you don’t have to sacrifice style for space (or lack thereof).
Enter Pottery Barn’s debut “Small Spaces” line, which is part of their new Spring 2017 collection. Featuring everything from large statement items like a sectional with a hidden storage compartment to multifunctional shelving pieces, the collection is a remedy to many a small-space dweller’s quandaries—the most important of which is, of course, “where do I put this?”
1. Alice Gateleg Storage Table, $399
Stash it under the breakfast table.
Try using the mantra “everything has a place” when looking for storage solutions for a small apartment. That means buying only what you need (and resisting the urge to go on a paper-towel spending spree during your next trip to Costco). This multiuse table (it can also function as a desk!) folds down to a slim profile when not in use. The shelves below allow for easy storage of everything from extra dishes to pots and pans.
2. Falko LED Sconce, $99-198
Create space on the side of the bed.
Sometimes your bed takes up most of the room, and there’s no shame in that. If you don’t have a place for bedside lamps or if you just want to free up space on your bedside table, consider hanging a pair of matching sconces on either side of your headboard. We love this version because it plugs in just like a regular light (instead of being wired into the wall) and has an adjustable arm to get just the right angle.
3. Wall-mounted bike rack, $69
Make use of vertical space.
When in doubt, go up! This combo bike rack/wall shelf is the perfect solution to displaying your favorite bike and also get it out of the way of traffic in a crowded entryway or tiny garage.
4. Harlow Wall-Mounted Wine Storage, $39-49
Design a bar area outside the kitchen.
If your kitchen only has space for the essentials, display your barware, wines, and other accessories in the main living space (it will look chic and double as the number one gathering spot at your next party). This wall-mounted wine bottle and wine-glass storage shelf keep everything organized and easily accessible.
5. Soma Bryant Upholstered Sofa with Storage Chaise Sectional, $1,099
Go for pieces with hidden storage.
While open shelving is great, in a small home it can be super overwhelming if everything is on display. The answer? Secret storage! This petite sofa from Pottery Barn's Small Spaces collection is perfectly scaled for apartment dwelling and features a spacious compartment to stockpile games, bedding, or other extra items out of view .