Sometimes—okay, most of the time—finding storage in a small space requires us to get crafty. Sure we’ve all heard of the usual small-space game changers, but what to do when there’s still not enough room for all your stuff? Before you run out to the store to buy the latest Marie Kondo-style book, consider the oft-overlooked possibilities of mechanical storage. Yes, mechanical… as in, storage solutions that have a moving part, and more importantly, the ability to be hidden away from plain sight when not in use. Not only does mechanical storage open up a whole new world of organizing opportunity, it allows you to make use of a previously unused space—something that’s pretty momentous when you live in a tiny place.
To prove our point, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest mechanical storage solutions we could find on the web. From hidden shelves to wall-mounted workspaces, these awesome storage ideas have more than just motion—they offer a fresh way to think about organizing your small space. So read on for mechanical solutions that will transform your storage situation.
Ergotron Home Workspace Hub Wall Mount Organizer
This super slim cabinet attaches to your wall and then folds down into a sleek workstation—complete with a dry erase board and charging channel to power your electronic devices.
Headboard with Hidden Pull Out Storage Unit
This shot reminds us that all it takes is set of caster wheels and some imagination—or just a trip to IKEA for the FLAXA headboard—to transform your boring old headboard into a space-savvy storage hub.
Rev-A-Shelf Wall Cabinet Pull-Down Shelving System
In addition to maximizing your hard-to-reach cabinet space, this swanky pull-down shelving system from Rev-A-Shelf will keep your cramped kitchen uber-organized.
Baxton Studio Lindo Bookcase
This clever bookcase boasts hidden shelves and slide-out drawers, so you can score your very own home library no matter how small your space is. Bonus: it’s less than $100.
Rev-A-Shelf Tambout Pullout Table
Turn a compact kitchen drawer into a full-blown center island with nothing more than this solid wood pullout table on mechanical slides.
Hafele Closet Wardrobe Lift
Available in four sizes and two colorways, the Hafele Closet Wardrobe Lift fits inside your closet and creates extra storage room thanks to a nifty pull-down clothing rack.
Rad Cycle Bike Hoist
Finding the space to store a bicycle in a tiny apartment is no easy feat. Luckily, the good folks at RAD cycle concocted this surprisingly chic bike hoist that mounts to your ceiling and holds up to 100 lbs. Even better, it’ll only set you back 12 bucks.
Sliding Pot Organizer Pull Out Kitchenware Divider
Along with organizing all of your clunky pots, lids, and pans, this sliding kitchen divider offers easy access to difficult to reach cabinet spaces.