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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Guests' Posts, Home Decor & Style | 0 comments

Interior Modular Storage Units for Your Home: An Overview of Options

One of the biggest concerns of homeowners, especially those in large families, is storage space. Having an entire family under one roof means clutter gets accumulated fast—a lot of clothes are outgrown and more possessions pile up. Even if people throw out their old possessions, they will undoubtedly still need the space to put their things in order.

Storage space should not be measured according to floor area. Doing so might make you use too small an area or use up most of your living space. You would be better off looking for available air space instead of floor space. The more creative you are, the more you will see suitable areas for storage around your house.

Here are some examples of places where you can install additional storage space:

                    1. Staircases 

  1. A cabinet and shelves take up the space underneath the stairs.

    Instead of keeping the bottom of your staircase bare, install a large closet beneath it so you can store large household items like a vacuum cleaner, fire extinguisher, folding cots, and so forth. Since the shape of the closet will be irregular, it will be more space efficient if you fill in the space with drawers of various sizes. For instance, you can make each step a drawer. A caveat: Use concealed knobs (so that no one trips on protruding knobs as they climb up and down the stairs).

                2. Full-Length Wall Shelves

Look at the bare walls in your house. If there are no appliances or furniture pushed up on them, you can install wall shelves to utilize the space. This shelf will be useful if you have plenty of DVDs or books stacked everywhere and gathering dust. You can also use it as a display case if you have many trinkets—and even then you’ll still have plenty of space left for other things.

Wall shelves will be great in corridors leading to the bedrooms. Spare blankets, pillows, other beddings and towels can be placed here instead of in another bulky closet. It would be better too if the shelf spaces have assorted dimensions instead of uniform measurements.

Wall shelves in various sizes fit in books, a television, and a DVD player.

There are also other places where you can build shelves:

  • doorways
  • frames of bunk beds
  • the bare wall where your vanity table is set up
  • staircases (an interior designer can design a closet with both drawers and shelves to occupy all available space)

      3. Beneath Beds and Window Seats

If there’s still space underneath your bed, you can use the space for storing seasonal items like winter clothes, old clothes, and other things you don’t have to take out often. One important reminder though: don’t stow then beneath your bed without putting them in boxes first. Organize and label the contents of each box so that you can easily retrieve any item you may need any time you want.

Window seat with concealed storage space

Window seats are permanent, that’s why you can build cabinets or drawers underneath them. As long as the knobs, handles, cabinet doors, and drawers match the rest of the woodwork and the color scheme of the room, these closet spaces can pretty much go unnoticed.

               4. Overhead/Hanging Storage

Check the cabinets that are attached to your walls. Is there extra space above or below them? How about the overhead beams in your kitchen, are they currently bare? If the answers to these questions are yes, then you’ve got yourself additional storage space.

A hanging rack is above the kitchen table. Hooks for cups are just underneath the mounted plate rack.

If you don’t have any spare floor space, you need to turn your attention to air space. Here are several tips on utilizing those spaces:

  • Look for colorful boxes (with covers) that fit the remaining overhead space and line them up there. You can put inside anything you need to put away.
  • Install hooks on the low-hanging beams in your kitchen, or a hanging rack from the ceiling. Here you can hang frying pans, casseroles, and other cooking utensils.
  • You can also install hooks underneath hanging wall cabinets. This space is ideal for hand towels, umbrellas, caps, aprons and other things that you often use.
  • Super glue or nail the covers of glass jars underneath low-hanging beams. Use the bottles to store nails, paper clips, thumb tacks, and then screw them to the covers attached to the beams.

Custom-designing shelves, drawers, and cabinets is the best way to maximize space for storage purposes, especially if the available space is irregularly-shaped. With some creativity, your storage spaces will be efficient and attractive at the same time.

Guest post by: 

Tina Madsen is a design enthusiast who brings her passion for modern décor and writing to her role as the NowModern.com blogger.

She also specializes in turning small living areas into spacious social hubs with bar stools and counter stools.

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