What most people don’t realize is that even owners of the smallest homes can double their storage space with some simple but creative modifications. Here are some ideas:
· Appliance garages–special cabinets with roll-down doors–can hide items like toasters, mixers, and food processors to free up counter space. Extra-deep counters also make a difference.
· Under-cabinet knife slats provide a protected spot to store utensils. Existing cabinets can be replaced with deeper or taller models that reach to the ceiling. Use the top shelves for rarely used items.
· Built-in refrigerators, perhaps faced with the same materials as your cabinets, can save space in a small kitchen.
· A separate pantry, which holds many items within easy reach, is another valuable storage space. Narrow, vertical areas can provide the perfect place to store mops and brooms.
· An island can improve traffic patterns in the kitchen while adding tons of storage. Slide-in cutting boards, pot racks, even an extra sink can be built in to make a big difference. Open shelves on one side can make food preparation quicker too.
· Under-the-bed rolling drawers can hold extra clothes or linens. A built-in cedar closet can keep your woolens safe from moths. This can be created from a portion of a current closet.
· Outfit your closet with double hanging rods, drawers, shoe holders, and hooks to create a space for everything.
Bedrooms, Living Rooms, or Dens
· Window seats and built-in book shelves can create a private nook while providing a place for books, toys, or linens.
· Appliance garages work in the kitchen, so Why not in the bathroom? A “garage” houses brushes, hair dryers, combs, and can include an electrical outlet, too. Medicine cabinets can be surface mounted or recessed between studs. Custom cabinetry affords optimal use of space. Vanity-to-ceiling and floor-to-ceiling built-ins that combine open shelves and enclosed cabinets are decorative as well as utilitarian.
· While standard height for most sinks is 30 to 32 inches, most adults can use a basin more comfortably when it’s 34 to38 inches high. This extra height allows for more storage; an extra shelf in the area below the basin and additional drawers on the sides.
Workshops or Garages
· Here, organization is very important. A place for everything and everything in its place can make a small space seem much more spacious. Pegboards can hold hooks for tools, paintbrushes, or just about anything. Accessories can be purchased to store small items like nails; some accessories hang right on the pegboard.
With a little creativity, your home can provide up to twice as much storage space as you’re now using. For specific ideas for your home, give us a call. We’re full of ingenuity!