You can never have enough storage. Even when you decide to start fresh by doing a cull prior to moving into your new home, over time you will likely accumulate “things” once again. If you are in the fortunate position of being able to build your own home, there is the opportunity to add additional storage to your design. Here are our top tips for gaining more storage space, without the clutter:
Being creative with your cupboards will see you rewarded with additional storage. Go high with these, as you will always be able to store items that are used irregularly up the top. Wall units can be custom designed as part of the build, and using a mix of both open and closed cupboards will make them suitable for a variety of uses.
If space allows, a butler’s pantry will be an envied feature in your home. This is a hidden area behind your kitchen packed with storage and food preparation space. When designing your kitchen, consider adding specific storage space for small appliances to keep your bench tops clear. If you have chosen a kitchen island or breakfast bar, place shelves or cupboards within. Choose colourings that match the walls to create a smooth finish. Remember, white will give a more spacious feel.
Adding built in cabinets to your bathroom will give you storage space for towels and other essentials. Maximise the space by keeping the toilet separate, and hide shelves behind your mirror. Laundries aren’t traditionally a room you want to spend much time in, but a well designed layout will soon change that. Look at laundry cupboards, floating shelves and bench space with hooks for hanging smaller items. Don’t forget to include a dedicated space for your ironing board!
In any home there is bound to be potentially unused space, and this can be ideal for extra storage. A built in window seat will be somewhere you can relax with a cup of tea and a good book, while giving you the option for storage underneath. Mounting your television to the wall means you can have built in cupboards surrounding it, while benches with storage are multifunctional. For two storey builds, the traditionally empty space under the stairs can be used as a linen cupboard, or storage space for your brooms and vacuum cleaner.
Clothing takes up space, but keeping it organised makes all the difference. Opt for built in robes in a sleek, seamless design. Try not to limit yourself with the basic hanging rails, as there will be ample space inside for shelves and drawers. For those who enjoy a pamper, add a built in makeup table with oversized mirror, lighting and drawers to your bedroom. To complement your efforts, you can pair this with underbed storage.
Determine whether your land can accommodate an extra room as this is instantly going to offer you more storage options. A rumpus room, guest room or granny flat will create more living space and can be added to your home design. You can blend your indoor with your outdoor creating an entertaining area with an outdoor kitchen. A garage or garden shed can be used to store items you don’t need inside, and can be fitted with floating shelves and wall units. Just make sure there is still room for your cars!
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