Storage solutions for large small spaces
Whether you’re outgrowing your space or living in a shoebox, you’ll be amazed at how much your home opens up and becomes more livable when you properly store all your possessions.
But what are your options? Like everything else out there it can seem a little overwhelming. The following overview s timberlands hould help you bring some order to the chaos.
Buy versatile furnishings for your living and entertainment areas. Many retailers sell wall units that allow you to customise their storage space, for example fitting one section with doors and drawers to conceal video equipment and another with shelves to display books and decorations.
Wall units can also be modular, so you can add more shelves and cupboards as your needs grow or when you move yo timberlands ur furniture around or into a new home. A store like Ikea has a modular unit for every room in the home.
You don’t have to throw away your old wardrobe if it no longer suits your needs. Instead, look at modular wardrobe systems which can be mounted in your existing wardrobe. Consider pullout baskets, shelves, shoe racks and hooks. You can even make use of high units with pull down railings.
As with all storage, plan your wardrobe. Before you buy anything, measure your space, then think about what you need to store in your wardrobe quantities too.
Small units: chests of drawers, buffets, vanities, bedsides tables
For your dining or living area, choose a buffet that offers a variety of drawers below the benchtop with larger cupboards at the base. Make a chest of drawers a feature of your living area or bedroom by selecting a colourful, painted unit.
Keep your entertainment gadgets neat and tidy with a TV unit that can house all your equipment and if you don’t have a cord outlet at the back, feed your cables through a tube to keep them out of sight.
Use pull out baskets in your kitchen cupboards and laundry to maximise storage space and access. Consider a modular unit for your laundry, giving you the option to stack more drawers on top of each other as your needs increase.
Use a mirrored wall cabinet in the bathroom above the basin to keep frequently used items within easy reach. Fit a narrow, tall cabinet into unused corners of your bathroom to maximise space. Make use of the space above your bed and toilet with an overhead cabinet.
Use a bedside table with enough drawers and compartments for what you want to keep handy books, tissues, glasses, and more. Magazine racks can work well here too. Use chests of drawers as a more compact way of storing clothes that don’t need to be hung.
Shelves and racks
In your living and entertaining areas, racks can order your media collection. Buy one with adjustable shelves so you can store things like magazines as well. Consider a tall and narrow one where space is an issue, or look for a modular unit that acts as a feature item.
Mount wire racks and baskets on the inside of cupboard doors and under shelves in the kitchen to hold spices and condiments, crockery, cleaning materials and utensils.
Racks can be used elsewhere to organise your kitchen efficiently. Consider wine racks, can racks, and bar style glass racks. Mount shelves near the dishwasher for storing crockery but away from steamy cooking areas. A kitchen trolley makes for great portable shelving.
Don’t underestimate cutlery and utensil trays to order your drawers, or dish racks to neatly store your drying dishes. A magnetic knife rack makes for nifty, aesthetic storage.
Mount shelves on any alcoves or recessed walls to take advantage of the space. Use ‘floating’ shelves with hidden mountings for a clean, appealing look. Framing a doorway with shelving to display books and other objects saves space and adds a visual element. Use a small shelf or even a low cabinet near the front door as a shoe rack.
You can also store a shoe rack below your bed or at the bottom of your wardrobe. Hanging shoe bags that attach to a wardrobe railing with rows of ‘shelves’ timberlands for your shoes are a space saving and economical option. Shoe bags can also be used as handy space for storing smaller items in an ordered, easy access way. Sweater bags are also available for larger items if you don’t have room for a chest of drawers.
If you’ve got lots of mops and brooms, you can line them up in a broom holder timberlands , easily attached to your wall (and even mount that alonside a fridge or inside a pantry so it less intrusive).
If you have a narrow hallway, avoid claustrophobia inducing cabinets.
Mount shelves above your toilet to maximise space. Mount a caddy in your bath or shower to keep your toiletries in easy reach. You can find racks that hang from your shower head, over the partition (with towel hooks on the dry side), or use suction to hold them in place.
When buying products for the bathroom, keep in mind the following: chrome costs less than stainless steel but will eventually rust. Stainless steel costs more initially, but is the most durable option. Plastic won’t rust and is priced attractively.