Smart stor­age so­lu­tions can trans­form ev­ery­day liv­ing

Pilbara News - - Property - Cy Clay­ton

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.

Closet case

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.”

Store more

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.

Pic­ture: Kitchen Cap­i­tal

Ex­tra stor­age never goes un­used for long.

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