Built-In Storage Ideas
Living in an uncluttered home is the dream of many, and an easy one to achieve. All you need is adequate storage. Freestanding cabinets and cupboards work well, but might be unflattering to the eye. If you want your interior to look neat and tidy, built-in storage solutions are the way to go. Here are some amazing ideas to implement in your home.
1. Sliding Caddies
Two rooms that never have enough storage are the bathroom and the kitchen. Sliding caddies work perfectly in both environments. For the kitchen, you can install the caddies on a cabinet door to store utensils and other small items, such as spice jars. In the bathroom, a sliding cabinet can hold various caddies for laundry, towels, skincare products, and so on.
2. Under-the-Stair Closet
Unless you live in a huge mansion, taking advantage of every inch of unused space is key to clutter prevention. The space often forgotten by homeowners is the one under the stairs, that is just perfect for turning into a closet. Sliding shelves and built-in cupboards can fill the staircase and keep your clothes or tools. If space permits, you can even turn the staircase into a mudroom or built bookshelves and turn your hallway into a cozy living space.
3. Custom Cabinets For The Entertainment Corner
Whether you have a full entertainment room or just a small corner dedicated to the TV and other entertainment gadgets, we all know how hard it is to hide away those unsightly cables. Receivers may not look good either, ruining your interior. A way to deal with all the mess associated with entertainment centers is a custom cabinet. Wall sockets behind the cupboards, hidden wires, and cable organizers can turn the corner from a nightmare into bliss. Don’t forget to add a few extra shelves, too, for added storage.
4. Built-In Shower
When all you have is a teeny-tiny bathroom to deal with, a built-in shower is an answer to all your storage prayers. A walk-in double shower built as an extension to full-height cupboards enhances the feeling of space, even into a Victorian-size bathroom. Built-in drawers, shelves, and sliding racks inside the cupboard also give you plenty of space for towels, bathing essentials, and even cleaning products. No doubt, an excellent choice for most apartments.
5. Recessed Shelving
Talking about niches, recessed shelving can also increase the storage space while also providing a decorative effect. This solution works in all environments, from the bathroom to your living room or even bedroom. Depending on your purpose and room, you can install LED lights above each shelf to highlight the objects stored on it. Recessed shelving also works well for keeping books, either some good volumes in your living room or office or cookbooks in the kitchen. Furthermore, recessed shelving at floor level, perhaps under a window, can serve as storage space for blankets, cushions, or toys if you have kids.
6. Stair Drawers
We’ve mentioned under-the-stair closets earlier, but why don’t take full advantage of the steps, too? A custom-built wooden stairway can give you plenty of storage space for things such as shoes, tools, toys, and household essentials. A nice alternative that may suit the more thoughtful souls is to build niches in the stairs and embellish them with decorative objects or books. Regardless of your choice, rest assured that you’ll be able to get rid of plenty of clutter with this solution.
7. Behind-the-Mirror Accessories Storage
When thinking about storage solutions, creativity pays off. Instead of occupying your entryway or dressing room with a chest of drawers or a cabinet, you could simply carve recessed shelving in the space behind your mirror. A coat hanger placed at an adequate height and some shelves above it will give you plenty of space for your coats and hats. Hooks behind the mirror serve to organize accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, or earrings.
8. Sliding Storage Wall
While all the storage solutions above work wonderfully in most homes, those living in studio apartments could really struggle with the issue. That’s where sliding storage walls step in. Just think about the multifunctional furniture to get the picture. This kind of wall lets you transform a room from a sleeping space into a living or working one in the blink of an eye. A wall bed folding neatly every morning is hidden by the wall that slides forward or backward on custom rails. Shelves around the wall bed, as well as cupboards and shelves built in the sliding wall provide plenty of storage space. As for the rest of the room, there is plenty of floor space for a table, chairs, and even a sofa. Sure, you’ll have to drop some cash to build this wall, but the investment is undeniably worth it when you want to make the most out of a small space.