The Cull: 10 Small-Space Storage Pieces from Urban Outfitters

Some of my favorite post-college, first-apartment purchases were from Urban Outfitters. I still remember exactly what they were: two velvet floor pillows that made me feel bohemian and sophisticated, a hippie blue wall tapestry that I used to cover a hand-me-down sofa, a butterfly canvas chair in ivory that I still have and love, more than two decades later. After a tour of its website recently, I’m happy to report that the store’s collection of furniture and decor is as fun and hip as it was then. Here, 10 storage pieces that are particularly good for first apartments and small spaces.

Urban Outfitters Over the Door Tiered Storage Rack
Above: Over-the-door racks are much more stylish these days. Proof: this metal Over the Door Tiered Storage Rack featuring rubberwood shelves and two towel rods at the bottom; $69.
Above: Is this a bucket, a stool, a table, or a bin? It’s whatever you want it to be. The sturdy Flecked Multi-Use Storage Stool is larger than it looks (it’s 18 inches tall and 15.5 inches across) and comes in black, green, and rose (pictured); $98.
Urban Outfitters Keane Storage Cart
Above: The Scandi-style Keane Storage Cart is perfect as extra storage in the kitchen or bath, but it’s good-looking enough to hold its own in living or dining rooms, too; $249.( The Keane line also includes accessories—like a magazine holder and hooks—that can be added as needed.)
Above: The rolling metal Mina Folding Desk has a slim profile as it is, but it can practically disappear when you need it to. All you have to do is fold it up and store to make room; $149.
Urban Outfitters Marte Bookshelf
Above: Wicker furniture isn’t something that one would normally associate with minimalism, but the rattan and wood Marte Bookshelf is at once wicker-y and minimalist. With a depth of just 13 inches, it’s also extremely streamlined, great for narrow entryways and other tight spaces; $399.
Above: The tall and slim metal Mimi Tall Locker Storage Console is retro done right; $199.
Urban Outfitters Yamazaki Tower Shoe Rack
Above: What I like about Yamazaki’s Tower 6-Tier Shoe Rack is that it’s topped with a slab of wood, turning it into a console table of sorts for the entry; $99.
Above: Need extra seating but don’t have the room? Consider the Otto Wood Stacking Stool, which can be easily stacked and stowed or used as side tables scattered through the home; $98.
Urban Outfitters Yamazaki Tower Bathroom Storage Cart
Above: Another Yamazaki product, the Tower Bathroom Storage Cart is well-suited for containing your toiletries. It even comes with a towel hook; $69. (See 10 Ingenious (and Inexpensive!) Small Storage Products from Japan for more Yamazaki storage pieces.)
Above: A multi-use item, the Leni Leaning Mirror has hooks on top and two ladder rungs on the bottom (we’d use them like we would a wardrobe valet stand); $139.

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