Smart storage solutions can transform everyday living
One of the unsung heroes of a home, storage has the power to improve our lives — and the latest solutions are anything but boring.
For Jon Miles, managing director at furniture retailer Innerspace, there is no such thing as too much storage.
“Whether you are looking to incorporate storage into your existing home or planning for a new build, consider how much you think you need and double it,” he says.
“Even if cupboards are empty at first, spare space is never unappreciated and soon fills up.”
Interior designer Kim Robertson, of La Vie Interiors, agrees that well-designed storage is an essential component of a happy home.
Architect Helen Marchesani, of Humphrey Homes, adds that storage should be one of the first things to consider when designing a home.
Try these tips on designing for storage.
Hide and seek
“Think about what you want to hide away and what you need the storage for,” Mr Miles says.
“Books, vases, photos and decorative pieces can be beautifully curated to create personality. Open shelves allow these spaces to display an ever-changing reflection of your style and current passions.”
Clear as mud
Ms Robertson says mud rooms, usually housed in the garage or between the garage and kitchen, are growing in popularity.
“This perfect spot allows for cabinetry which can house all the sports gear, school bags, boots and shoes. Each family member can have their own spot and that minimises the chaotic mornings when trying to get everyone off to school and work,” she says.
For the perfect wardrobe, opt for a combination of elements, recommends Caroline Powney, of Alliance Robes at Home Base.
“Modern wardrobe designs should be practical, stylish and well organised,” she says.
“Your walk-through dressing room or open walk-in robe is going to be the first thing you see each morning and the last thing you see at night.”
Some of her wardrobe essentials include half and three-quarter length hanging spaces, adjustable shelves to accommodate different shoe heights (such as boots), and a valet rod.
“One of the best accessories you can invest in is a valet rod,” she says. “This discreet, retractable rod is where you can hang your outfit for the next day as well as air and de-wrinkle it.”
Finally, audit your interiors for unused areas that could be converted to handy extra storage space, suggests Mr Miles.
“Under benches, staircases or in tricky corners, a stylish storage unit can liven up the space,” he says.
Extra storage never goes unused for long.