How to Create More Storage in Your Home
Storage in your home is a precious commodity. Whether you live in a small home or just struggling to find space, there are always ways to find more storage with these clever solutions.
Declutter to free up space
The first step in creating space for more storage is to go through your items and get rid of anything that you no longer need or want. The most efficient way to declutter is to go through your home room by room and decide what you want to keep. Make sure to check every drawer and cupboard and use this opportunity to properly organise as you go. This will make it easier for you to keep things neat and tidy going forward.
Not only can a good declutter free up space for more storage, but you can also make some money if you decide to sell items that are still in good condition. Alternatively, you could donate them to charity. For items that might be past their best, think about whether there’s a possibility that they could be upcycled. If not, recycle appropriately or throw them away if recycling isn’t possible.
Utilise the space around your doors
Your interior doors can provide bags of extra storage space if you know how to utilise them. Perhaps you could install some shallow shelves in the space behind the door. This can be particularly handy in a utility room or pantry. Or you could install a display shelf over the door for decorative items or books. This can bring a vintage, cottagecore character to your interiors whilst also adding some extra storage space. You could also utilise the door itself, with hanging storage. Racks can be perfect for extra food storage in the kitchen, or you can use it in the bedroom for clothes, shoes, or even toys.
The type of door you have can also free up space for more storage. bi-folding doors take up half the space of regular doors and pocket doors take up even less, so you have more floorspace for useful furniture and storage solutions.
You’ll likely have some space above your head that can be utilised as storage, for example, above kitchen cabinets or bedroom wardrobes. These can be the perfect place to store items you don’t need access to very often, such as seasonal items or decorations that only come out for specific occasions. You should also think about what spaces you have low down that are also currently going to waste and can be used for storage.
You should make sure heavy items, like books, stay low to the ground. When storing items high up, stick with lightweight storage boxes and don’t put anything too heavy too high up. This will save any injuries if they fall, or you drop something bringing it down.
Make the most of wasted space
Any space can be utilised for storage. If you have a narrow space between cabinets, it might be possible to install a pull-out rack or cupboard for slimline items. You might have a nook at the side of a wardrobe where you can install shelves. You could build a pull-down rack or hanging hooks under your kitchen cabinets to create more storage and save on counter space.
Built-in, fitted storage is the best way to ensure you don’t let any space go to waste, giving you maximum storage. Fitted wardrobes are perfect for awkward spaces, like in an attic conversion that has sloping ceilings, as they’ll make the most of every inch of space.
Get multi-functional furniture
You might not have the room for lots of furniture that’s only purpose is storage, so think about what multi-function furniture you can incorporate into your home. You might need a bedframe that includes pull out drawers or under-bed storage. You could even get a high bed that has even more room underneath for added storage space. You could also get ottomans and sofas that include storage, perfect for storing extra blankets and toys in the living room. A storage bench can be great for storing shoes and also providing a place for people to put on and take off their shoes in a porch or hallway.
Consider which rooms need more storage and what kind of things you need to tidy away. There will likely be a multifunctional piece of furniture that can provide the perfect solution.
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