Storage is vital for any and every home. Proper storage allows you to store and protect your belongings. It also helps keep a home neat and clean by giving a place for each object to be kept away, avoiding any clutter in a space. It’s not just a vital asset but with the right approach can be a fine architectural feature in your house.
Finding the right space to create the amount of space you need to store belongings can be difficult. Especially if you are living in close quarters, giving up space to accommodate huge almirahs and shelves is not always convenient. Even if you have the space, having too many storage mechanisms all around can make a home feel very cluttered and uncomfortable.
It is thus a great idea to put on your thinking hat and come up with creative ways to store things effectively and properly. There are a lot of different ways to create storage in your home effortlessly and creatively.
Here are some ideas that you could try out:
INSTALL A PEGBOARD
Pegboards are an insta friendly storage system. They are available in a lot of different materials and are just what you need to store lighter things and knicknacks. Be it your tools, the spices in your kitchen or your jewelry pieces, pegboard can be used to store and organize just about anything.
Depending on the amount of things you have to store, you can utilize simple pegs or even add pegboard baskets. The pegboards are wall mounted and thus take no space on your floor, yet give you an option to store and display your belongings.
Get creative with colors for a fun addition or keep it simple, your pick.
CREATE AN UNDER BED STORAGE
The space under your bed is never used, and let's admit a task to keep clean. Creating extra storage is all about getting creative by making the most of your space which is exactly what this idea does. There are a lot of different ways to go about this.
Primarily, if you’re yet to buy furniture you could try to buy a bed that has ample built in storage. Alternatively you could have slide in drawers built to fit under your bed for easy access.
If you wish to keep it simple, you simply utilize wooden or fabric baskets that go under your bed. Try to keep it in line with your bed’s look to avoid making it look odd.
UTILIZE YOUR STAIRCASE
The space under your staircase is yet another dead spot in your house. However, it can serve as a great storage area. Since it is anyways under utilized, you wouldn't be giving up any part of your space to accommodate the things. You could transform the space under your staircase into an extra storage room or even a pantry.
You could add a door and enclose the area right where the staircase ends. Add shelves and racks inside the room to store things just as you need. You could also add in lights to make it easier to access things in there.
Ensure to match the extra room’s exterior to the rest of your house’s aesthetic to keep it from sticking out like a sore thumb.
TRY DUAL FUNCTION FURNITURE
Dual function furniture is a great way to get some extra storage into your home without giving up space or having to display your belongings. Dual function furniture essentially means furniture pieces that are hollywood out to give space for storing items. You can find storage-friendly ottomans, sofas, coffee tables or even benches.
Such items can work both as comfortable furniture and as a space to store away the belongings. You could customize the fabric and finish of the furniture pieces to suit your theme. Try to move only items seldom used into such pieces as opening them every now and then may not be feasible.
THINK OF THE CORNERS
Corners of a house are the most under-appreciated resources. Most corners in our houses are just dark and empty, however, they can house a stunning storage option. You could install floating shelves in the corners or even create a sleek cabinet that can house things comfortably.
You can also try out small cubicle boxes, mounted against the corner for more open storage. Play around with different shapes and colors for a unique look to the space. Try to utilize corners away from the living area so as to keep it away from the guest's eyes.
DECORATIVE WALL NICHES
Wall niches are a storage option seldom explored, but a rather traditional feature in ancient Indian homes. The idea is to create a small cove or boxes within the walls in a space. You could create one bigger space or create a bunch of smaller coves. This works especially great if you have some pieces or knick knacks that you would like to put to the front without leaving them out on a table.
You could create an accent wall out of storage coves with ease. Opt for a simple cubical shape or get creative with a hexagonal or pointed coves put together for a fun look. You can also add glass or a custom molding around the coves to make it stand out.
ADD A SHED
Shed and outhouses are a concept less found in Indian homes. However, they can prove to be a great way to get extra storage yet keep a house looking great. This is mostly feasible for homes that have a rooftop or some garden or backyard area to spare. Portable sheds are pretty budget friendly to install and can be dismantled to move with ease.
Alternatively you can make a more permanent outhouse with bricks and wood. When you can’t actually create a store in the house, having an external storage space can prove to be useful. You can customize the size based on the amount of belongings and space you have to accommodate it.
You can switch up it’s look to make it seem more of a part of the home itself.
CONCEAL THE CABINET
Adding storage in ways that are uncommon is rather fun and easy. You could add small cabinets behind your bathroom or dressing room mirrors. This gives you the option to store more things without disrupting your space and even keep it away from the eye on a regular basis.
Such cabinets have been featured in Indian homes earlier, but now less used. They are, however, an easy and creative solution to the problem. Apart from mirror cabinets, you could also utilize cabinets that blend with your wallpaper or have a message board atop to make it look like just another decor piece rather than a storage solution.
Overall, there are a lot of different ways to add storage to your home apart from the simple cabinets. From gorgeous wall niches to fun under stair storage rooms, there are a bunch of unique approaches to try out. Try the above ideas for a unique storage solution to your clutter problems.