In today’s world, creating and maintaining an organised, clutter-free home may sound unachievable to most. But one way to keep the clutter at bay is to ensure you have efficient storage space.
Whether off-the-peg or bespoke, built-in furniture puts every inch of space to good use, helping maximise storage space. Sleeker than freestanding storage, built-in designs can provide clever solutions to awkward corners, redundant spaces and high ceilings.
Often left towards the end of the renovation project, it’s worth factoring planning storage space at the beginning of the design or renovation project rather than leaving as an afterthought.
Whether you’re extending your property, renovating or simply looking to create more storage in your home, these ingenious space-saving storage tips from Barbara Genda Furniture will make sure the space in your home works hard for you:
If you’re in the process of renovating your home or moving into a new house, it’s fundamental to plan ahead for the different types of storage solutions you require. Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture recommends creating detailed room plans or commissioning an artist to make 3D renders of your home.
3D room renders can help you determine where furniture and storage solutions can go while helping you envision your new space. Taking time out to carefully consider your home’s layout in the early design stages will go a long way.
Never be afraid to ask a bespoke furniture specialist for their professional opinion on maximising your space. If hiring a bespoke furniture specialist, always bring them on board the project as early as possible. Little things such as the positioning of a picture frame or shelf can have an enormous impact on the appearance of the room, and a specialist can advise you on such decisions.
Build storage space in the walls
A great way to create extra space in your home is to build storage into the walls. For example, when renovating your loft, building into the eave spaces of the roof is the best way to make use of redundant attic space.
The alcoves around a chimney breast or log burner are ideal for built-in shelves, cabinets and cupboards. Deep shelves built in the wasted space around the doorway is a great way to store books. Cubbyholes in a bathroom wall can be used to store toiletries. Sliding cupboards in kitchens can hold hundreds of ingredients before slotting back in line with your units.
Free-standing furniture such as bookshelves can be used to create room dividers while adding storage to an open-plan space.
Make the most of every last bit of space in your home with floor-to-ceiling shelving and cupboard space. If you have a large book or record collection, it’s a great solution for storing them while creating a striking wall of colour.
Built-in floor-to-ceiling shelving and cupboard space maximises floor space and is great at utilises awkward spaces such as angled layouts and areas with low headroom.
Other ideas that keep a room clutter-free include bench or banquette seating incorporating storage, while a window seat is also space-efficient and adds a relaxing element to your home.
Convert your loft
The best and cheapest way to increase the square footage of your home and add value to your property is converting your loft. A loft conversion can add as much as 50% more space to your home and increase the value by up to 21%.
Converting your loft can be tricky due to the sloping ceilings and awkward nooks. Whether converting your loft into a bedroom, home office or children’s playroom, built-in furniture and storage is the best way to make use of attic space that would otherwise go unused. The lower eaves space under the roof is ideal for building drawers and cupboards.
Don’t forget small rooms
People often believe built-in furniture isn’t for small rooms, but it’s the small and awkwardly-shaped rooms that benefit from bespoke storage solutions the most. Unlike large rooms, small rooms don’t often have the luxury of choice and therefore cannot rely on the functionality of store-bought furniture. Utilizing a window ledge as a seat if you have the choice is one great way.
Bespoke and well-designed furniture with built-in storage solutions look incredible in small rooms and make an otherwise unusable room, practical. Integrated storage in beds, bedsides, cupboards, desks and even headboards ensures the limited space in small rooms is maximised.
A little forward planning in interior detailing & design ensures space and storage is amplified. Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture designs clever storage solutions that maximise the use of space, providing generous, clutter-free interior.