Here are some ways to turn unused areas of a home into places of storage.
What’s behind your mirror? Using the same idea that a medicine cabinet mirror uses in a bathroom, full-length mirrors in bedrooms or wardrobes can be good places for storage.
With a hinge on its side, the mirror can open up to shelving or a small hanging area that can be installed with relative ease between wall studs. This can be a great place for storing jewellery, scarves, purses, belts or any other kind of accessory.
Harry Potter isn’t the only one to create magic in the cupboard under the stairs … by exploring what’s under your staircase you could create storage space from nothing!
Sometimes when staircases are built, they are simply walled in and there can be some pretty valuable space sitting unused there if that’s the case in your home.
The space underneath a staircase is very good for out-of-season storage or for items that are rarely used. If you are going to use this area, you may want to invest in a couple of good see-through storage tubs so your items are better protected.
Bins on wheels are also great for this area, as is good lighting, as under-stair areas can easily become the black hole of clutter if not well organised and monitored.
If you’re really pressed for space in your bathroom, consider the area above your toilet.
Wall shelving (preferably with doors to ensure nothing falls out and straight into the toilet!) is easy to install there. If you share the bathroom with a housemate or family member, it’s easy to assign shelves to different people.
It’s also a great area for extra towels or supplies you need to keep somewhere nearby. Open shelving with decorative baskets will also work well in this area, providing extra storage space while complementing the design of your bathroom.
What’s under your bed? Even though this is a classic idea, it’s the one that usually solves the most problems in a home that is lacking good storage space.
Invest in some bed risers (they’re inexpensive – but make sure they’re sturdy) and some good storage containers.
Under-bed storage is great for out-of-season clothes, suitcases, or anything that you’re not using on a regular basis.
If you have a garage, of course, the first place you might add storage space would be by adding shelving units on the walls.
But the most overlooked area of a garage is the ceiling. Consider building shelving that drops down from the ceiling.
This is a great space for items you rarely use or won’t need for some time. Many DIY stores sell systems that raise and lower these shelves with pulleys or on simple hydraulic systems.
If the area is easy to get to, it’s also a great storage space for bulk warehouse buys, seasonal decorations, camping gear and larger items like suitcases.
If you feel like you need more storage space in your home, rethink your seating, ottomans, coffee tables, benches, etc.
So many of these items today are designed to serve more than one function and come complete with storage components built in.
Why buy a piece of furniture that serves one function when, for the same price, it can do double duty?
There are so many ways to add storage space to most homes. Use a keen eye and think about where there’s empty space and how best to get to it!
Author: Peter Walsh