Monday, June 27, 2011

Storage solutions for small spaces - 10 ideas

Living in a small home or apartment? View these space saving ideas!

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Storage solutions for small spaces - 10 ideas

Build a media storage system

A TV can take up valuable space in your living room. Don't allow it to. Instead, use it as a focal point to build storage around. Simple shelving and movable TV units, like this one on wheels, offer flexible solutions. Or, for something tailored to your needs, try fitting a bespoke design.

Turn a headboard into storage

A clever way to maximise space in a small bedroom is by using a headboard for storage. Go for a bespoke solution to suit your bedroom layout.

Use every inch of space

Where space is tight in a small kitchen, it is important not to waste even a millimetre of potential storage space. A thin pull-out cupboard, with multiple shelves or racks, offers the perfect solution and makes food supplies easy to view and reach.

Build a home office in an alcove

Want a swanky home office but don't have room for one? Why not transform an alcove into a hideaway office? All you need are open shelves, perfect for storage boxes, which can sit above a desk consisting of a simple plank of wood. Folding or sliding doors keep all the clutter tucked out of sight.

Keep everything in one place

When there isn't room for a lot of different furniture pieces in your home, choose one that will house everything. This multipurpose unit includes drawers, shelves and boxes. Plus, it provides extra surface space for hot dishes ready for serving.

Create storage in the walls

If all that will fit in your bathroom is a shower and toilet, make use of space in the wall and in corners. Built-in storage compartments, which in this case fit under awkward eaves, allow you to utilise wasted space and create storage that wouldn't otherwise fit in.

Fit a laundry room in a cupboard

No space for a separate laundry room? Do not fret! A well-ordered storage cupboard can work just as well. With a mixture of shelves at different heights, varying sizes of storage boxes and a selection of hooks, it's bound to keep all your essentials in their place. Complete the look by lining the shelves in a pretty wipe-clean oilcloth.

Use storage to divide spaces

If your living room is also your kitchen, dining room or even bedroom, use block furniture and handy storage to divide the space. Fitting units around the sides of a sofa is a genius way to maximise your storage without taking up wall space, and helps to define the separate areas further.

Keep hallway clutter at bay

A storage bench is an ideal way to contain hallway clutter. Cubbyholes, like the ones in this bench, allow shoes, hats and other paraphernalia to be tucked away out of site. The hooks above use wasted wall space to order coats.

Use under bed storage

Utilise space under your child's bed by building one that incorporates storage space. This can then store pull-out boxes that will hide away toys and clothes. A super thin wall-hung shelving unit is also useful as it won't impose on the space.