Storage space ideas for your next home
As first time home buyers and downsizing empty nesters move into smaller homes, it is critical that they get creative with their stuff and its storage. With limited square footage, knowing the design hacks that will help you take full advantage of the space you’ve got is paramount. From moveable wall units to Murphy Beds to smart, readymade furniture made to fit small spaces and packing in as much performance as possible, these are the things you have to start thinking about.
Storage will be your greatest need in your next tiny home. From minimizing your personal belongings to customizing your bedroom closets, below are 6 solutions for storing all your stuff.
Analyze what you have
When downsizing, the first step is to review what you have. This is the first step, and the most important one. Before spending money on new furnishings and tackling the layout job, evaluate just how much of your stuff you want to keep. Get rid of the remainder. Then you are ready to establish exactly how much space you will need.
There’s a psychology to it… What are you saving? What space will you need to store it. You want it, whatever it is to fit without too much extra room.
As soon as you’ve inventoried your belongings, have a look at your space. Establish exactly what you’ll do in each area.
Make a list of exactly how you would like each room to work, whether that’s a living-room suited to host 4 people, or a room that fits a dresser and a queen-sized bed. Then you should do a reality check on the amount of things you’re asking each space to do.
In a small space, it’s hard to ask your living room to act as a hang-out space, office, and exercise room. Prior to preparing your stuff for storage, be practical regarding those limitations.
Different items need different storage space
The next step is figuring out the very best means to store your things. Pick out the items you’re handling every day, versus things you won’t touch for six months. Reserve handy and accessible areas in your apartment or condo townhouse for storing things you use daily. Off-season clothing and holiday decor, on the other hand, can be relegated to much less conspicuous areas of your home.
Separate hard things (like books) from soft things (like towels) when taking into consideration storage solutions. Adaptable canvas bins are perfect for saving soft items like towels and socks, while harder products, unsurprisingly, call for more powerful options. Cleaning products and tools, for instance, could be loaded into plastic bins and concealed away in a wardrobe or under a sink.
Under your bed
You don’t need to hide your bed on the ceiling, however you ought to be clever about maximizing storage where you sleep. If you’re acquiring a bed, think about one with integrated storage.
Hydraulic lift beds, whose elevation can be adjusted could be a wonderful suggestion. And don’t underestimate under-bed storage space, which can accommodate both sturdy and soft storage space containers.
Invest in shelving
Shelving gives you great bang for your buck. Buy or build in shelving as high as possible. It should include open shelving to show off some nice possessions as well as closed shelving for things you don’t want to show off.
Make the most of existing closet space
Maximize your closet space with a second tier hanging rod for slacks and shirts. If your condo has high ceilings, move your rod as high as it will go or get some storage bins that you can stack from the shelf to the ceiling. For the bottom of your wardrobe, get a shoe shelf.
Be practical about furniture needs
There’s no scarcity today of space-saving condo-sized furniture that will help you optimize your space. Before you buy, consider your lifestyle. Be realistic regarding exactly how you make use of your space and exactly what furniture will fit those uses. If you’re a person that does not entertain, do you require a table that opens, with additional chairs?
And even if a piece of furniture can be adjusted to be used in several ways, it doesn’t mean you should purchase it. On the contrary. If a piece of furniture can serve more than two functions, it won’t do any one of those functions very well. Stick with tried-and-true combinations like a kitchen table that functions as a desk, or an ottoman with storage area inside.