Get that extra storage space for your home

Techniques to smarten up your use of available household spaceImage Credit: Supplied

It seems that no matter how big or small one’s home is, there’s always a wee bit of space needed as one observes how one neatly set-up room starts getting crowded with all sorts of knickknacks and whatchamacallits. And since humans tend to accumulate “stuff,” finding more storage space in an area that is fixed in size has become quite a tiresome task indeed; those with limited home space from the outset fare a lot worse as they have smaller space to begin with.

But don’t fret; there are still a few things you can do to smarten up your use of available household space. All you need is the commitment to see the task at hand through. Below are a few tips you might want to consider applying:

Wall up – Available wall space is not just for hanging paintings or decorative pieces of art. Get it fixed up nicely with open display cabinets to house small potted plants, books, souvenirs, art and ornaments, or regular closed cabinets to keep your CD/DVD collection, recipe books, scrapbooks and photo albums.

Under the bed – It may not agree with the rules of feng shui, but if you badly need more storage space, then use that under-bed space for storage. If you are thinking of buying a new bed, get one with built-in storage, or purchase storage units on wheels which you can easily slide in and out from under your bed.

Get hooked – Wherever possible, and without affecting the sense of aesthetics you want to maintain, hang up hooks in strategic areas with enough vertical space. Use hooks to hold anything – from coats, scarves, belts, umbrellas to keys and scrunchies.

Magical chairs – Clearly, furniture makers have been doing it right – producing sofas, ottomans and chairs with under-lid storage space for years. You can use the space for storing magazines, books, leaflets, menus, and even blankets or throws for when you fall asleep in front of the television.

Hole in the wall – Ever heard of knee-wall dressers? If you own your home and can get a skilled carpenter to work on it, you can get your very own eight-drawer wall chest built into a recess of your bedroom wall.

Handy Hints:

* Floating wall cabinets, whether open or closed, are ideal for any small space

* Purchase a bed with built-in storage to store bed sheets, blankets and towels

* You may also choose to have a knee-wall dresser built to your bedroom wall

Source: Claire Dangalan, Special to Properties

The writer is a freelancer


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