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Storage solutions are an interior must to effectively organise your home or workplace. This is especially true if your space is on the small side. There is an art to maximising your space, so we want to take you through our design tips to make the most of the space that you have.

Hidden storage is also perfect to make sure that exposed shelves don’t become overcrowded with clutter. That way you can keep your shelves #shelfie ready all year round with your favourite decorative pieces.

Benefits of effective storage solutions

Having an untidy and unorganised space has a major impact on our mental health, wellbeing and productivity. We’ve all heard the saying ‘tidy home, tidy mind’ – but there have been lots of studies recently to prove that this really is true.

A busy space with lots of clutter can be extremely distracting, especially when you are trying to either relax or focus on one specific task. Having lots of visual stimuli will mean that you can’t concentrate as well and therefore spend a lot more time on what should have been a quick task. This in turn can lead to additional stress.

Let’s prevent this.

Where to start?

When planning your storage solutions, your first step should be to write a list of all the household items that you’re struggling to find a home for. Got too many kitchen gadgets? Lots of books? Struggling to hang all your clothes up?

The types of belongings that you need to store should guide you in deciding which solution is right for you. For instance, books would look best displayed on open shelving, whereas bulky kitchen gadgets with electric leads and plugs probably wouldn’t!

Following this step, have a look at our suggestions below of our favourite design ideas to make your storage issues a thing of the past.

  1. Under stairs storage
Bespoke hidden under stairs storage, designed by Natalie Holden Interiors
Hidden under stairs storage, design by Natalie Holden Interiors

Under your stairs can often be a dead space. Rather than letting the clutter build up, give this space new life: transform it into a coat and shoes storage area, or thinking more creatively, you could even turn this into a mini home office with a wall-mounted desk and office chair. The options are endless.

2. Furniture with hidden storage

photo of tall closed storage with some open shelving displaying decorative objects
Photo by Max Rahubovskiy

Invest in multifunctional furniture which also doubles up as a storage solution. As we move more towards multifunctional living, in a time when our living spaces are also our classroom, gym, and office, having furniture that works with your busy life can be a huge help. Why not choose a coffee table with storage capacities, or an Ottoman bed frame, or integrate discreet and minimal storage that blends in with your walls? You can read more about multifunctional living in our recent blog post here.

3. Kitchen storage

a contemporary white kitchen with wood accents
Photo by Max Rahubovskiy

When designing a kitchen it’s so important to make use of the space that’s available. If you’re tight on space, choose tall kitchen cupboards which reach the ceiling. Lots of designs now have options for maximising space in corner units too.

4. Wall storage

TV media wall with a mixture of high and low storage
Photo by Max Rahubovskiy

Limited floor space? Use your walls! It might seem like an obvious idea, but there is so much you can do with wall space. The shelving system above is a perfect combination of practical storage, and concealed cupboards.

5. Bespoke storage

Bespoke shelving designed by Natalie Holden Interiors
Design by: Natalie Holden Interiors

For storage that truly works for your space, investing in bespoke design is so important. Leave the measuring and planning to us! We work on residential and boutique commercial design projects across Liverpool, Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. In collaboration with our trusted contractors, we can make your storage requirements a reality.

To discuss your storage requirements with us in more detail, book a free consultation.

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