Ask any homeowner or renter what they wish their home had more of, and I’ll bet you’re met with the same answer; storage.
It might not be as exciting as a private cinema or a swimming pool in the back garden, but extra storage is something that we all dream our home could boast. Building extra storage, by the way of an extension or an attic conversion isn’t always an option and the storage dilemma is often the most difficult for people living in city centre locations.
Help is at hand. We’ve created this guide of tips and advice for increasing storage options in small living spaces.
As well as keeping things organised, using storage containers is a way of keeping surfaces clutter free and will increase the sense of space in a small home.
A simple storage box is whatever you make of it. Use it for office supplies, paperwork, jewellery, even your socks! Rather than dedicating a drawer in a chest to each of these items, use separate boxes to save space. You can find a full range of storage boxes made from different materials, online at Viking.
It’s also possible to reuse old items from around the house, for a look that’s unique and arty. A woven basket is a great place to store bottles of oil and condiments on a kitchen counter, and a wire shopping basket (keep your eyes peeled at yard sales and on eBay) is an interesting place to store your cookbooks.
Space Saving Furniture
As well as opting for smaller furniture, there are options which provide you with extra storage. It’s common for divan beds to include drawers in the base, although arguably, the space here is limited. However, companies such as Bonbon, which specialises in compact living solutions, create beds which include even bigger storage solutions.
Stacking chairs, also available to buy online from Viking, are a great solution if you sometimes need to provide extra seating, but have no space for extra chairs. When they’re not in use for hosting parties or dinners, they can be stored discreetly in a closet or attic.
If you’re limited in terms of the space you have, it’s a great idea to make the rooms of your home multifunctional. If for instance you have a spare bedroom, opt for a sofa bed so that your room functions as a place for guests to stay when required, and an additional living room. Having a dedicated ‘guest bedroom’ attaches a stigma to a room that it shouldn’t really be used for anything else and essentially reduces the available space in your home.
Ever considered the unused spaces in your home? I bet the free space on the inside of your bath panel never occurred to you! You can make use of this unused space easily and affordably, by installing a bath panel with hidden storage compartments, like this one from B&Q.