The rooms in our home that we use for living, cooking, and cleaning receive the most attention in magazines, blogs, and perhaps in our thoughts. But what about the really hard-working parts of our home that house the appliances, tools, and memories from the past? The parts of your house that you always wish were bigger, but rarely receive the investment that a large master suite does or a new kitchen remodel might. Storage. It's not flashy, but the right amount of well organized storage areas in your home can make the difference between an episode of hoarders or an HGTV home decorating special.
So, what can you do to impact the functional storage in your home? Here are 4 ways to revolutionize your storage solutions.
1. Go vertical
Whether it is in your garage, unfinished space, pantry, kitchen, or laundry room - make sure you are using all of your available space by taking your storage vertical.
Considering a redo or new kitchen? Take the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. Get rid of the dust catching space and replace it with usable storage space.
These cabinets are no joke. They combine beauty with function and tons of square footage for storage. Check out hidden storage for the appliances & the trending cabinet color for 2016 - gray!
This garage has great vertical storage and made use of the wall space all the way up to the ceiling.
2. Hang It All
Don't have space for an actual shelving system or cabinets? Hang it! There are an infinite number of solutions for anything you might want to hang. The garage above pictured some great bike hanging storage.
This simple idea has a custom built chair rail with wood pegs that create hangers for anything from boots to pitchforks. Peg board is another favorite that can be brought from the garage into the pantry, school, or craft room to hold and organize the minutiae of life ready at a moment's notice. If you are really looking for something unique, try upcycling a shutter like this bright yellow pop of color.
Another great hanging tool are the now ever-present Command hooks. Need to hang up an apron in the kitchen or a potholder on the inside of your cabinets? Go for a hook that can easily be removed if you ever change your mind or need to repaint or refinish your cabinets.
3. Divide It
Sometimes the problem isn't so much the space - it's usable space. Divide your space by using plate racks, pot racks, or even some vertical dividers for your cookie sheets!
4. Build it
Perhaps you have unearthed all of the storage possibilities in your home. You've demolished walls & uncovered hidden areas under your stairs. You have hung peg board in every room of your house and have boxes stacked up to the ceiling of your garage. Now, it's time to consider adding an outbuilding to make the most of your current property.
Whether you add on a lean-to structure onto your existing home, or construct a detached shed to complement your home, you will have plenty of opportunity to go vertical, hang it, and divide your storage so that there can be a place for everything and everything in its place.
Here are a few of our past projects that dramatically impacted our customer's storage potential.
Interested in starting a building project? Let us contact you today.