You Can Never Have Too Much Storage!
One of the laws of physics is that mass cannot be created or destroyed. However, when it comes to home storage there are lots of opportunities (large and small) to create more space, or at least give the illusion of it.
When it comes to storage-challenged living spaces, here are several creative ways to add function without compromising flow:
It’s all about built-ins. Built-ins take up less physical and visual space than freestanding pieces of furniture. They also help maintain a unified design scheme, while adding extra storage. Beds with low drawers are an excellent way to free up space in a bedroom or closet, possibly eliminating the need for a dresser.
The space beneath or even within staircases offers additional storage possibilities that might go unnoticed. A clever way to take full advantage of your staircase’s potential is to incorporate drawers into the actual steps of the staircase.
Or, take advantage of space beneath stairs with hidden pullout closets.
Pulling out all the stops. When every inch counts, it may be time to consider customizing your options. Custom pullouts can be incorporated into the kitchen cabinets – using shelves that expand out farther than they actually appear.
Take advantage of the ultimate in custom pullouts: the Murphy Bed. Consider adding one of these space-saving solutions in a second bedroom (or even the living room as shown). They offer a great alternative to setting aside an entire bedroom for guests or light sleepers – rooms which may only get used a few times a year.
Up, up and away. When searching for more storage opportunities in a home, the best ideas may come by looking up. Overhead storage doesn’t have to be restricted to the garage, but can be integrated into other rooms as well. For example, this ceiling unit would look great in a kitchen filled with stainless steel appliances!
Free space. Visual floor space can be gained by utilizing furniture with exposed legs, which provides “free space” underneath. When the eye is able to see surface area under furniture, spaces expand as furnishings appear to “float” above the floor. Don’t let this added space go unused. Take advantage of the extra square footage (and keep rooms tidy) by sliding handy, decorative storage bins under key pieces.
Flow and function. The key to increasing visual space is to eliminate visual or physical obstructions and open up flow as much as possible. It’s equally important in small spaces to consider a room’s potential for multi-function. Living rooms can readily double as a home office and dining rooms can easily serve as both eating areas and libraries or music studios.
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