8 Ways to Increase Storage in Your Home
From custom designed pieces to maximising space along bay windows, explore clever ideas to amp up your storage potential at home
In my previous home, a 1,690 sq ft maisonette, I designed custom cabinets under my windows in the bedroom, since this would otherwise be wasted space. This area is great for less utilised items like bulky bedding, winter clothes and household stuff.
Keep in mind that it can get quite hot during the day so don’t store valuables or fragile items (e.g. leather shoes) here that will be susceptible to the heat.
Very often bay windows tend to be wasted space. If you’re clever about it though, you can also create a bonus function area.
Make use of the ample light flow along bay windows and craft out a study niche complete with storage for books and files.
Since the living room is one of the most utilised spaces in a home, keeping it clutter free is highly important.
In order to maximise your storage here, choose one wall and create a long row of cabinets. High gloss cabinetry will help boost natural light while mirrored cabinets can help add depth to a small space.
You can also integrate your TV and other entertainment gear here too. Just ensure there’s adequate ventilation as heat builds up inside cabinets.
Plan for deeper, higher shelving for larger goods and mix it up with drawers for smaller items too.
Platform beds are such a versatile piece of furniture since the added height allows for storage drawers.
Why stop here though? How about getting a whole suite of custom designed pieces so you can fully take advantage of every square inch of space.
Think: the likes of a matching dresser with designated space for jewellery and watches; a TV wall with shelving for books or collectibles; or even custom-made shelving that extends across one entire wall.
Floating book racks are perfect for use in the kitchen if you have a free wall and lots of recipe books. This not only frees up precious cabinetry space but it keeps recipe books easily accessible so you can cook up a storm!
Likewise, this idea works perfectly in a bedroom or study too.
Having adequate storage in a kid’s room is so important since the little ones seem to accumulate so much through the years.
Instead of traditional bookshelves, why not explore the possibility of a custom-designed bed with storage underneath for books. Open storage is great for easy access but pullout drawers under a bed work well, and keep clutter hidden too.
The kitchen is possibly one of the best places you can really amp up storage possibilities. Custom cabinetry is your best bet but before you cook up a storm, visualise the way you use your kitchen.
Do you have lots of appliances like a toaster, mixer or rice cooker that you use daily?
Pull down roller doors or cabinets that lift upwards are really great for hiding those bulky items, while keeping this daily appliances close at hand, plus free up precious countertop space so your kitchen stays organised.
Other smart additions include deep drawers or pull out organisers so you can really increase your kitchen space.
Since the bathroom is usually the tiniest room at home, maximising storage for toiletries, towels and other essentials is definitely a must.
Your best bet is probably to have top and bottom storage, and opt for mirrored cabinets to help add an element of space while you’re at it.
If you’re clever about it, you can even get your designer to custom design drawer space for versatile storage options.
How do you deal with a lack of storage space in your home? Share in the Comments.
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