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As borrowing costs continue to surge and home prices remain near historic highs, homebuyers are becoming more budget conscious and, in some cases, are making concessions on must-have amenities in order to become homeowners.

For some buyerse, that means relocating to more affordable markets, but for others who are unable or unwilling to move, saving money may mean sacrificing square footage

Luckily, settling for a smaller floor plan doesn’t have to mean saying no to must-have home products. From storage solutions to built-in appliances, these products offer efficiency and functionality within a smaller footprint to help homeowners maximize livable square footage. 

Cabinet Storage 

Wellborn Cabinet’s Blind Corner Cabinet Organizer can be paired with any of the company’s kitchen cabinetry to increase accessibility in areas where items are usually hard to reach. The corner cabinet organizer is installed on a track system and includes a functional shelf that pulls out and slides, allowing homeowners to layer storage racks for better organization. 

Wellborn’s full range of cabinet organizers offers space savings in compact kitchens with a number of storage solutions designed to keep items off counters but still within reach.

Wellborn corner cabinetry

Blind Corner Cabinet Organizer 
Image courtesy Wellborn

3-in-1 In-Sink Dishwasher

Fotile’s 3-in-1 In-Sink Dishwasher features a counter-mounted design for a compact installation suite to small kitchens and apartments. The unit can be installed directly into a 38-inch-deep countertop cutout and connects to a 240V/60Hz power supply. The dishwasher also functions as a produce and seafood cleaner to simplify meal prep, and its wash cycle also saves energy and water, using just 3.17 gallons compared with an average of 6 gallons used by traditional dishwashers.

The 3-in-1 In-Sink unit’s smaller capacity makes it an ideal appliance for single homeowners or couples looking for a powerful dishwasher with a smaller footprint.

In-counter dishwasher

3-In-1 In-Sink Dishwasher
Image courtesy Fotile

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Undercounter Microwave

Signature Kitchen Suite’s Undercounter Microwave Drawer is a possible solution for those looking to save countertop space in a tight kitchen. With a 24-inch width and a standard industry capacity of 1.2 cubic feet, the undercounter drawer has plenty of storage for heating large dishes, but its flush installation means it can be seamlessly integrated with any kitchen cabinetry.

Signature Kitchen Suite’s Microwave Drawer features an automatic “Easy Touch” opening system for a hands-free open and close that also cuts down on spills.

Under counter microwave

Undercounter Microwave Drawer
Imagecourtesy Signature Kitchen Suite

Murphy Bed

Saving space in an already cramped living area can be a difficult task, especially when finding comfortable furniture, but murphy beds offer a possible solution. The Slab Murphy Bed from Murphy Door tucks away when not in use and folds out with a gentle pull, fully opening up a small bedroom for added living space.

The Slab bed is a standalone unit that comes ready-to-assemble with pre-cut/pre-drilled pieces, the bed mechanism, and all necessary hardware, and it’s available in a wide range of bed styles, plywood types, and finishes. 

murphy bed frame

Slab Murphy Bed
Image courtesy Murphy Door

Washer and Dryer Combo

The Eenergy Star–certified 4.5 Cubic Feet Ventless All-In-One Washer & Dryer from Whirpool allows homeowners to wash, dry, or wash and dry all in one appliance. With a ventless space-saving design and a 33-inch installation depth, the All-In-One Washer & Dryer can be installed virtually anywhere that has a water hookup.

The unit includes up to 41 wash and dry cycles, and its Load & Go XL Dispenser holds enough detergent for 40 loads, the company claims. 

Ventless washer dryer

4.5 Cubic Feet Ventless All-In-One Washer & Dryer
Image courtesy Whirlpool