Smart Storage – Hints and Hideaways
At this point in the year you may find yourself with a little more clutter around the house than usual. Now the warmer weather has hit you might have brought summer gear down from the attic, or in from the shed, so that it’s easily accessible for days out. Or perhaps after your Spring clean, there were a few items left without a home. It’s tempting to just squeeze these things in wherever there’s room; beside the sofa, under the stairs or even on top of your wardrobe, but these are not long-term solutions. Clever furniture design for storage and display is trending in interiors this year and we’ve brought you our favourite innovative pieces to help you curate your clutter.
For under the bed
We should probably start by addressing the favourite home hideaway – under the bed! This space is a common go-to when tidying up in a hurry; handy as it keeps things out of sight, but a bit of a nuisance when you are trying to find something later. An ideal solution for this problem is a bed with built in storage. We’ve been inspired by this great concept of in-built shelving, creating a perfect place for books, magazines or shoes.
For utilising your space
Make the most of your space by thinking carefully about the larger pieces of furniture in your room. We love this bright idea, combining a desk and shelving to create a fun, but practical work station. The symmetry of this shelf-come-desk would make a statement in any room – and it’s easier to build than you think. Up-cycle wooden ladders and some strong shelves to create a clever, space-spacing piece of furniture.
For hanging around
If you’re struggling for surface space but don’t want to hide it all away, it’s time to get creative! We love these fantastic hanging shelves for their simple design, perfect for holding bedside bits and bobs including that all important cuppa. Use wood and rope for a stylish Scandinavian aesthetic or experiment with old objects like baskets and boxes for a unique statement. With ample space underneath for extra belongings such as a pile of books or blankets, this is ideal for any pieces you want to keep handy or on show!
For the home librarian
If the majority of your clutter takes the form of books, magazines or even cd’s, dvd’s and records, then look to this unique doorframe library to give your home a quirky edge! Using a ladder for easy access, this space saver means that your books or dvd’s are neatly stowed away and you can get them down whenever you need. This design would also be useful in a bathroom or utility room to store towels, blankets and bedclothes.
For under the stairs
Storing your stuff underneath the stairs will never seem like a bad idea again with this clever design. Lift up the floor to reveal a secret hideaway underneath. This would be a great place to store your outdoor or camping kit, or for hiding your winter warmers like hats, gloves and scarves. If the kids are the cause of your clutter, use the space underneath your stairs for a toy cupboard which would be handy for keeping their belongings all in one place and easily accessible.
If you’ve had a good clear out but still can’t seem to keep household clutter at bay, not to worry. Be inspired by some of these smart storage solutions for hiding things away or putting them on display, and make the most of your interior space.