Clutter is the enemy of good design. And since you can’t donate or sell every bells and whistles in your home, you should consider some innovative storage solutions for your home. Don’t worry: our lead designers have these tips to add extra storage space to your home.
Under the bed
Your bedroom should look like a heavenly retreat, not a locker. If you’re looking for ways to free up space in your bedroom, consider an under-bed storage option. You can use it to store extra bedding, or you can forego a dresser or Wardrobe. Our client, a young professional who lives in Chicago, urgently needed additional space. That is why we have chosen a chic bed frame with storage space under the bed for your studio apartment.
When trying to add extra storage space to your home, consider pieces of furniture that can double as a storage unit. And if you’re looking for a convenient place to store pillows and throw blankets, consider a storage stool. We put one in this Westchester family home. A chrome shell allows this ottoman to function as a coffee table and can be removed if the family needs to dig up a few extra blankets.
While it certainly isn’t a weekend DIY project, built-in storage units are exponentially more efficient than freestanding dressers or cabinets. In this apartment on the Upper East Side, we installed gray drawers on a windowless wall. On either side of the TV are floating wooden shelves that form a nifty media console.
Open and closed storage
When thinking about storage options for your home, choose a mix of open and closed storage solutions. Display your most decorative merchandise and keep everything else behind closed doors. Check out how we split the mix of open and closed storage in this Upper East Side apartment. Just make sure your open stock items are carefully selected and have plenty of space to glow.
Make good use of bookshelves
Bookshelves aren’t just for holding books. If you have a large, open space that you want to fix, consider using bookshelves to divide the space into two. Check out how we did it in the chic, rustic loft overlooking Union Square.
Every nook and cranny
If you don’t know what to do with a nasty storage space, you can probably turn it into storage. Our clients in this rustic, chic Hoboken apartment wanted to stash kitchen gadgets they don’t use regularly, so we put a few wooden boxes over their cabinets. They go perfectly with the chic, rustic atmosphere of the house and are always within reach.
Add some color
Think of your storage solutions as another way to demonstrate your personal design style. In this penthouse overlooking Central Park West, we gave that little corner an orange accent and then installed a modular wire storage system. A collection of orange boxes gives the device a cohesive and colorful feel.