One of the most common complaints we hear from our clients is lack of storage space.
What many don’t realize is that even the smallest homes can double their storage space with some simple but creative modifications. Here are some ideas to consider incorporating into your home:
Increase Kitchen Storage
- Blind corner cabinet pull-outs and built-in trash & recycling units are examples of new products that help kitchen cabinets hold more items than ever before, make them more accessible, and help keep the kitchen uncluttered.
- Existing cabinets can be replaced with deeper or taller models that reach to the ceiling. Use the top shelves for rarely used items or install pull-down shelving units in the upper cabinets.
- Built-in refrigerators, perhaps faced with the same materials as your cabinets, can save space in a small kitchen.
- A separate pantry, which holds many items within easy reach, is another valuable storage space. Narrow, vertical areas can provide the perfect place to store mops and brooms.
- An island can improve traffic patterns in the kitchen while adding tons of storage. Extra-deep dish drawers with peg organization systems and two-tier cutlery organizers help make items more quickly available when preparing food. Even an extra built-in sink and a refrigerator cabinet can make a big difference.
Better Bathroom Organization
- A well-organized vanity can house brushes, hair dryers, combs, and can include electrical outlets. Medicine cabinets can be surface mounted or recessed between studs. Custom cabinetry affords optimal use of space. Vanity-to-ceiling and floor-to-ceiling built-ins that combine open shelves and enclosed cabinets are decorative as well as utilitarian. View more photos of the bathroom remodeling project featuring this medicine cabinet.
- While standard height for most sinks is 30 to 32 inches, most adults can use a basin more comfortably when it’s 34 to 38 inches high. This extra height allows for more storage; an extra shelf in the area below the basin and additional drawers on the sides.
Utilize Master Bedroom Space
- Under-the-bed rolling drawers can hold extra clothes or linens. A built-in cedar closet can keep your woolens safe from moths. This can be created from a portion of a current closet.
- Outfit your closet with double hanging rods, cubbies, drawers, baskets, shoe holders, and hooks to create a space for everything. See the LaCascia’s Project for floor plans where we incorporated this closet style.
Find Space in Bedrooms, Living Rooms, or Dens
- Window seats and built-in bookshelves can create a private nook while providing a place for books, media, toys, or linens.
Remove Clutter in Workshops and Garages
- Here, organization is very important to make a typically cluttered area seem much more spacious. Pegboards can hold hooks for tools, paintbrushes, or just about anything. Garage storage rail systems are strong enough to hold heavier items like bicycles. Accessories can be purchased for the rail system to store smaller items like nails.
With a little creativity, your home can provide up to twice as much storage space as you’re now using. Tibma Design Build specializes in finding the best use of space while providing beautiful design through re-engineering your home. Contact us today to learn more.