When thinking about small space solutions we often turn to transformative furniture, multi-purpose rooms, and pairing our belongings down. But when it comes to storage, sometimes we need to push it further and find space where we didn’t realize we had any. Recessed storage is great for small spaces, where it can be found in niches, alcoves, under stairs — even between the studs! 1. Painted shelves built into an alcove, from SECRET BERBERE. 2.