By Andy Meredith
Amping up the storage solutions in a small home is a challenge that we are happy and ready to meet. Not every home is equipped with spacious cubbies in the entryway, walk-in closets, endless pantries and lit basements for easy storage. But even when there is a deficit of built-in storage, we know a few creative ways to make it seem like there is ample space for everything in your life.
Creating storage in a home that seems to have very little is more of a strategic game of creativity than an art of creating something out of nothing. Just like packing a full car with all of the necessary stuff for family vacation, there is a certain logic to how to rehab your space and arrange things just so in order to make everything fit just right.
Use every piece of furniture as a ready-made storage facility
If you think about what takes up the most space in a home, it’s undoubtedly your furniture. But when you realize that everything from beds to coffee tables can be a secret – or not-so-secret – storage spot, the game changes completely. Storage beds can hold many cubic feet of items that you might use every once in a while, such as suitcases, boxes or out-of-season clothing. Coffee tables with storage space built-in underneath can be great spots to stash board games, books or even cleaning equipment. Benches, chests, ottomans and trunks as end tables and general accessories can hold large amounts of stuff from shoes to extra blankets. Make sure that the underside of every piece of furniture is utilized to its fullest extent, even if you need to place matching pull-out bins underneath your tables or sideboards to make it work.
Make good use of your walls
Armed with a few hooks, hangers, shelving units or pull-out storage contraptions, walls can become your best ally in discovering storage space. Make good use of the blank space on your walls by hanging everything you can, from dish towels and aprons to coats to shallow cabinets that can act as shelves for miscellaneous items. Consider hanging your television and other tech accessories on the wall behind attractive cabinetry.
Consolidate, organize and structure
It’s amazing to us how bulky stuff can look when spread out, disorganized and cluttered around a house. But when everything from books to toys is grouped together according to kind and organized into a storage tub or bin, the mass it takes up seems to dissipate almost by magic. Before you go about the task of storing your stuff underneath your furniture or hanging it from the wall, group it into categories. Put away things that you don’t use very often in the place that is hardest to get to and the things that you use the most where you can access them easily. Organized in this way, you may even end up having less storage needs than you thought.
Adding creative storage spaces in homes that are lacking is a talent that can do wonders for a home’s design, resale value and potential profit margin. If you follow these space-saving and space-creating tips to a tee, you will find yourself with storage you didn’t even know you had.