Well-designed indoor and outdoor living spaces feature plenty of storage solutions. What’s the point of having a beautiful home if you don’t have enough concealed spots to hide your cleaning supplies, extra linens and boxes? Of course, the more belongings you possess, the greater your need for storage becomes. As you plan your next remodeling project, consider adding more storage space. Here are tips for expanding your utility nooks for each room of the house.
Kitchens are, perhaps, in need of the most storage. Between pots and pans, appliances and silverware, your kitchen is full of objects that must be put away safely. This is probably even more true if you enjoy cooking or entertaining. Check out these ways to add storage to your kitchen:
Multi-shelf cabinets: Cabinets set above the counters tend to include several shelves, but somehow that isn’t always the case down below. You should have vertical space tucked away inside each cupboard. If you don’t, simply add more shelving inside of the cabinets.
Door shelves: The inside of cabinet doors are also great spots to add space. You can hang shelving baskets off the doors to store things like sandwich baggies and cleaning supplies. Just make sure that the shelves fit when closed. If the other items stored in the cabinet jut too far out, it will prevent your cupboards from closing.
Use the walls: The walls of your kitchen are another perfect location to add storage. Hang a magnet bar that can hold your knives near your cutting board. You can also mount spice racks to the wall to have your ingredients in plain sight.
Depending on whether or not it’s the master bathroom, this space needs to store makeup, hair products, extra towels, bathrobes and perhaps even cleaning supplies.
Add a closet: If you have enough space in your bathroom, consider adding a closet during your remodel. Be sure it has plenty of shelves, organizational baskets and back-of-the-door hooks to hold all the things you need.
Scan eye level: Eye-level wall space often goes unused in the bathroom. The space above the toilet or around the vanity could be the perfect spot to hang a shelf. Be wary of your curtains: they can take up extra space around the window, which could be used for shelves. If you want more available wall area, consider retractable screens. They fold completely out of sight when not in use and don’t take up your wall space.
Compartmentalize: The existing drawers and cabinets in your bathroom can be optimized to include more space. Add shelves or insert dividers into drawers to store objects in compartments. For example, all your lipsticks can be placed in one divider while eye shadow goes in another.
Open the mirror: Medicine cabinets that function as mirrors are nice because they are hidden. Install a shelf behind a mirror that is recessed into the wall. Add a hinge to your mirror so it can swing open.
The bedroom is the site of all your clothing and perhaps extra bedding. Between closets, wardrobes, ottomans and dressers, you can increase the storage capacity of your room.
Invest in storage solutions: You can purchase various organizational systems for your closet or invent your own. Add various levels of shelves in your closet – the top one can be for shirts while the bottom holds pants. You can also install drawers to hold ties, socks, etc.
Add an ottoman: Many homeowners like to place a bench of some sort at the foot of their bed. The furniture piece is great for sitting and putting on shoes. Instead of having a standard bench, use a long ottoman. These items often contain hidden storage. You simply lift the seat to reveal the room inside. Keep blankets or extra throw pillows in your ottoman.