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Modern and Beautiful Storage Solutions for Your Home

by Marshall Mayer last modified May 09, 2013 11:20 AM
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Storage has never been pretty. From the industrial metal-framed shelves of the IKEA generation to the sliding wardrobe doors of the built-in bedroom brigade, storage is necessary, but rarely attractive.



But all that is set to change. With the average UK home decreasing in size by 30 per cent in the last 40 years, homeowners and designers alike are looking for ever more inventive and attractive ways to make the most of the space we have, and to create storage that is not only functional but beautiful, too.

How to find a place for modern storage solutions

You might think you are already making the most of the space you have available at home, but most places have some key layout features that mean there are opportunities to store things in places you might have previously not thought possible. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Under the stairs. Unless you live in a bungalow, you’ll already be dealing with a big waste of space which is created when a stair unit is enclosed. Although you may have a storage cupboard under the stairs, do you actually make the most of this available space? Modern storage can be built and designed to offer cupboards, drawers, shelving units and even pull-out racks for coats and shoes.
  • In the kitchen. Kitchen cupboards are notorious for wasting space. Even if you have split level shelves inside your cupboards, chances are there is still a good deal of space going to waste because of the height of the cupboards’ interiors. Look into rotating racks, pull-out shelves and corner unit storage solutions to maximise your space.
  • Bedroom storage. Built-in storage is a great way to make a place for everything you need in the bedroom, and going for sliding wardrobes rather than outward-opening doors, means it doesn’t matter if your bed comes up too close to the unit. Think about utilising the height of your room too, creating storage above the bed as well as on the walls.
  • Kid’s toys. If you have children, chances are, their toys are the bane of your life. Constantly tripping over stuffed animals and trying not to vacuum up essential pieces of Lego can start to drive you bonkers. Instead of trying to fit all the kids’ items onto shelves or back into the boxes they came from, go for shelves filled with plastic or fabric drawers and boxes, making things easier at tidy-up time.
  • Storage in furniture. Modern furniture has been designed to cater to the space-hungry householder, and many beautiful pieces can be found that incorporate storage space within: beds can lift up to store spare sheets and towels, and sofas or footstools can be used to house books, games and DVDs for the family.
  • The loft. Lofts typically contain a couple of boxes of Christmas decorations, but other than that, this high-level space is often criminally wasted. Even if you don’t want to convert your loft into an extra room, why not consider extending a room upwards into the loft space, giving you additional storage space high up in a mezzanine, or even room for an extra bed?



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