Ah, storage. For such a simple word it can be the root of much stress! Have you ever fought valiantly with the linen cupboard contents only to have sheets tumble out on top of you every time you open the door? Or what about your children’s wardrobe which seems to be constantly overflowing with soft toys, no matter how nicely you put them away at the end of each day?
In today’s materialistic world, we have no shortage of stuff. But the only thing frustrating about having five spare bedspreads or an entire extra dinner set is a lack of space to put it. Even the most modern homes tend to be devoid of adequate storage and don’t get us started on old period properties – it seems the builders of 19th century villas didn’t consider large cupboards to be a necessity.
Never fear, though, as armed with a hammer, some nails and a few other essential DIY tools you can create your very own storage spaces. Not only will this save you a lot of stress but it can also add value to your home if you’re looking to sell. Nothing says “buy me!” like plenty of ample storage cupboards!
Here are three great ideas to make the most of your space:
Seats that double as storage
The good thing about storage space is that it doesn’t need to be accessed every day, meaning you can get creative with where you put items. A particular favourite is seats that can double as storage.
Why not build a beautiful big, hollow window seat and store bits and pieces beneath the sofa cushions? This is an excellent way to maximise space that would otherwise go unused while at the same time adding a comfortable new feature to your living room.
Built-in shelving space
A popular addition to many homes is built-in shelving space. When you don’t buy a pre-made shelf you have complete control over how big you want your storage area to be. Save yourself the hassle of searching for a bookcase that will reach to the roof and just build the one you want instead!
A well-designed built-in shelf can add plenty of character to a room, especially if you create your own small library or display cabinet.
Your kitchen is arguably the room in your house that needs the most storage space, yet for some reason many lack in even the simplest of options. Don’t you just hate those awkward corner cupboards which are impossible to get into? Or what about those tall pantries where you can’t reach the top shelf?
Take matters into your own hands and renovate your kitchen with the aim of making it more user-friendly. Big, deep drawers are a popular option these days as they are easy to use and can look incredibly modern with a lick of paint and stainless steel handles.