Whether you live in a studio apartment or a medieval castle, everyone needs proper storage. Having space to keep your things packed away is more than just a matter of convenience; depending on the amount of space you have in your home, keeping your clutter from getting under foot can also be a matter of safety.
There are plenty of ways to maximise the storage space available in any room in the home, but a lucky few of us also have the option of creating a dedicated storage room. This does not even have to be a full room. Even a cupboard under the stairs can give you a surprising amount of storage space, provided you keep in mind a few useful hints and tips.
One of the best tradesmen to speak to when designing a storage room is a local carpenter who can measure out the space and create useful bespoke furniture. This can allow you to turn seemingly useless space into invaluable storage! A furniture specialist can also be a big help if you are struggling to find the right pieces for your storage room. Not only will they be able to source pieces to fit your requirements but they will also be able to share their experience and expertise in finding storage solutions.
The first step to planning a storage room, once you decide where it is going to be of course, is deciding on what it is you need to store. This will clarify exactly what kind of storage space you need to provide. For example, if you wanted a place to store clothes, such as a walk-in-closet, you would want enough clothes racks, places for shoes, and so on.
You can classify these items into two groups: what you need regularly and what you don’t. The former group should be kept within easy reach and, ideally, at eye level. With the latter group, however, you have far more freedom of where to place your items, which can allow for some truly ingenious solutions.
The next step will be to give the space in question a thorough clean and a clear out. Starting from square one can really put things in perspective when it comes to planning a new purpose for a room. You may want to consider hiring a local cleaner this, or even a professional remover if the space is particularly large.
Finally, measure your storage space. A mistake that far too many people make is going out and finding the perfect storage solution for their home, only to find that it won’t fit where it is supposed to. You can avoid this situation and maximise the amount of available storage space in your room by simply taking the time to learn exactly how much space you have to work with.
To make the most out of a storage room, take the time and look at all of the options available to you. There are a number of storage home hacks that can seemingly create space from nowhere, even in a small room.
The first thing to think about is ‘vertical storage’. Too many homeowners think of storage only in terms of floor space, which they quickly cover with bulky storage furniture. This ignores the ‘vertical space’, from the floor to the ceiling, which can support several storage solutions.
One of the most effective is ‘floating storage’, which basically refers to any shelving or cupboards attached to the wall. This can turn awkward, out of reach areas of a wall into valuable storage space. For example, after adding a new wardrobe to your room, you might find that there is room for a shelf in the space above it. In the same vein, the space underneath your other storage solutions could provide more than enough room for an extra drawer or wheel-out container. You can also look for skinny roll-out containers to fit between storage units.
Another aspect of vertical space that often goes unnoticed is the ceiling. You may find that you can add ‘hanging storage’ to your storage room, such as clothes drying racks or even hanging baskets. This can be particularly useful in utility or laundry rooms if you need extra space to dry your clothes. You can also add hanging storage to the back of a door.
The next thing to think about is multi-purpose furniture. At one point, you would only really have thought of ottomans when it came to furniture with hidden storage. These days, however, there are multi-purpose options for almost any kind of furniture, from couches to tables.
The final and perhaps most useful storage solution that we will talk about is ‘bespoke storage’. Spaces like empty nooks or alcoves can seem useless for storage, but a local carpenter could create a set of shelves or another solution to fit inside a space like this perfectly. Bespoke furniture design can even be applied for an entire room, such as a walk-in-closet.