You can never have enough storage space. In condominiums, every square inch of living space takes top priority and the closet space always seems to be compromised. This is especially the case now that we’re seeing more and more open concept living spaces where there are no walls for closets. So what do you do when you’re stuck with little to no storage space in your condo? Our interior designer Marlene Card can has some tips to help you with that!

Whether you are downsizing from a home or are a first time home buyer, when you move into a condominium you will probably want more storage. Everyone has stuff they need to have stored neatly out of sight yet still easily accessible. Here are some great storage tips that I have picked up over the years.


The design of shelving and drawers in closets needs to be maximized. You can DIY with Ikea or Home Depot shelving kits on a small budget or you can bring in a consultant to measure and design a storage solution for your needs.

In the past, I have used Organized Interiors and California Closets.


A great way to gain extra storage space that would otherwise be wasted, is by using furniture with hidden compartments.

Bed and Sofa shown at IDS SHOW 2013

DIY Coffee Table on


The key is using all the filler or empty spaces available. Look up high, above or behind a door. Behind your long window treatments, is a great spot to hide exercise equipment that folds up and hangs on a wall. Look under your stairs if you have a loft, or in empty bulkheads of cavities that the builder may have drywalled over for esthetic reasons.

Great storage solutions will help you organize your life and make it more efficient with everything in its place.

I love helping people put all their treasures on their new custom shelves and seeing the smiles on their faces. As they say, it’s the small things in life that make you happy.

Marlene Card is a Registered Interior Designer with IDC (Interior Designers of Canada) working with fashion forward interiors since 1990, specializing in multi-family residential interiors in Toronto and surrounding areas for the past 12 years and having great success forecasting what new homeowners and investors are looking for in today’s market.