CREATING A STORAGE WALL
Clotilde Passalacqua from Ikea loves storing things beautifully…
In a small space, filling the wall from floor to ceiling and corner to corner maximises storage and avoids the room feeling too busy and disorganised. In a large space, it’s more about personal preference.
Having three quarters of my storage in cupboards gives me peace of mind as all clutter can be hidden. With modular furniture you can refresh a living room by adding or removing doors and shelves, or including glass doors instead.
The general rule is to have the TV positioned at eye level when you’re sitting on the sofa. Keeping media equipment symmetrical is more aesthetically pleasing, but only keep what you regularly use. Buy the Rabalder cable tidy, £4.50 or the Fixa 114-piece cable management set, £3.50, both from Ikea, to reduce cable clutter.
Place spotlights at the centre of unit compartments to highlight photos or vases. If including strip lighting, unless the display cabinet has a lip at the shelf front, place the strip as far back as possible, keeping it out of sight.
At Ikea, we recommend attaching all furniture to the wall. You can place as much load as you like on the shelf as long as this doesn’t go above the maximum weight stated on the unit. It will look nicer, though, with larger items at the bottom and lighter, more decorative pieces towards the top.