Stor­age shelfies Tips to find your home’s stor­age po­ten­tial and dis­play your trea­sures

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Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - February Contents -

too many pos­ses­sions, too lit­tle space? By now, you’ll be ex­pect­ing to be told to sort it all into throw, gift and keep piles. But we fig­ure you know how to de­clut­ter and you’d rather be shown in­no­va­tive ideas to seek out your home’s stor­age po­ten­tial and how to best dis­play your trea­sures – so here goes.

2 Lovin’ this framed book nook! It’s within arm’s reach of the day bed, clev­erly en­sconced be­tween a pair of wardrobe cup­boards. Fol­low­ing the rake of the ceil­ing, these cup­boards manage to max­imise the space for low- to mid-height stor­age.

3 Op­ti­mise your book­shelves by in­cor­po­rat­ing a drop­down, fold-up work desk, which closes to con­ceal pi­geon­holes with home of­fice para­pher­na­lia.

4 Com­man­deer wasted space un­der your stair­case for an open closet to hang coats, scarves, hats, bags... Divvy it up so each fam­ily mem­ber can be al­lo­cated their very own cubby space. A bench in front makes a great perch for putting your socks and shoes on. Stor­age bas­kets un­der­neath can hold items best hid­den from view.

5 Give your bath­room a stor­age boost by turn­ing a grain sifter into a smart shelv­ing unit. Sim­ply cut nar­row boards to fit in­side as shelves, angling the ends so they rest flush in­side the sifter. Drill holes into the ends of each shelf and se­cure them in place with plas­ter­board screws.

6 Save space and cre­ate valu­able stor­age with a built-in din­ing ban­quette. Con­sider what best suits you for ease of ac­cess. Un­der-seat draw­ers or a lift-up seat?

7 Book col­lec­tors, take note. If you sim­ply can’t dis­pense with your books, turn them into a tool for dec­o­rat­ing. Or­gan­ise and colour block them, cre­at­ing a dis­play to please the eye. A tip for suc­cess – ar­range the books in the same or­der as the colour wheel. Books with neu­tral spines can flank the dis­play. PS, dress any worn tomes with coloured pa­per.

Ev­ery cen­time­tre counts! Take shelves to the ceil­ing and around doors

9 Glass cab­i­nets are your go-to units when it comes to dis­play­ing col­lectibles. Any­thing be­hind glass be­comes pre­cious be­yond even the most hum­ble of ori­gins. Love this all-glass num­ber, which high­lights the wall’s di­ag­o­nal paint line.

10 Well hello, kitchen stor­age! It’s amaz­ing what the re­moval of a door and a can of orange paint can do for open shelv­ing – even if stocked with ev­ery­day crock­ery and wicker bas­kets.

11 Cus­tomi­sa­tion and the 20-teens go hand in hand. If bud­get al­lows, go be­spoke and have a side­board or stor­age cab­i­net cus­tomised. This lets you call the tune in re­gards to ma­te­rial, size and com­part­ments – and whether open, shut, hor­i­zon­tal or ver­ti­cal. Or, go down the re­furb route: strip, sand, paint, re­move doors, and add shelves and/or di­viders.

Your pos­ses­sions are your pride and joy, so store them in the open for all to en­joy

12 Re-de­ploy a flat-pack book­case to al­cove du­ties and use it as a bench with un­der-seat stor­age. Toss clut­ter into neat, same-type bas­kets. Plus, stacked one­above the other, match­ing float­ing shelves are ideal for stor­age and dis­play – just al­low room for head height.

13 Line a glass china cab­i­net or dresser with a smart wall­pa­per to show off ce­ram­ics and glass­ware. Massed, even kitchen­ware takes on the sta­tus of a col­lec­tion, giv­ing promi­nence to items which in­di­vid­u­ally may be un­in­ter­est­ing. But do choose the pat­tern and colour of your wall­pa­per with care.

14 Turn plain cup­boards into a dec­o­ra­tive plus. Here, they’re a tone or two lighter than the wall and stand out from pat­terned wall­pa­per in the best pos­si­ble way.

On this scale of grand your home may not mea­sure up, but it’s your cas­tle and you can achieve a sim­i­lar im­pact – with or with­out a mez­za­nine study area. All you need is a free­stand­ing stair­case with wall shelv­ing that spans two floors. With see-through balustrad­ing, you may also show­case a spec­tac­u­lar mir­ror.

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Go to the top of the de­sign class with mod­u­lar cub­by­hole stor­age. Sin­gle units are avail­able, but if you’re handy at DIY, try mak­ing mix-and-match boxes, slot­ting and screw­ing them to­gether. Can’t lo­cate dec­o­ra­tive metal clips? Fudge the look with painted tim­ber blocks.

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