High-quality still life photography demands a proper studio environment, but that doesn't mean you need a lot of space. Teleovation outlines how to build a basic photography studio in a cupboard or closet.
Essentially, you just need a tent-style structure and appropriate lighting, which you can activate whenever you want to photograph objects. With suitable organisation, you could also conceal most of the power cables within the cupboard as well (don't make the mistake of closing the door with the lights on). For another approach to compact studios, check out setting up a high-speed studio in your garage.
Closet Photography Studio [Teleovation]