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These 9 tricks will transform your home storage techniques, ASAP
Master the fine art of storage in your home with these simple tips from the experts
written on: 21-08-2018 17:00pm
FOR THE KITCHEN...
1. Start with the basics "When you’re in a rush things often just get chucked into the back of cupboards and things become impossible to find. Help keep your kitchen cupboards clutter-free and easy to navigate by using stacking shelves inside your kitchen cupboards to create extra storage space." - Simon Glanville, MD at A Place For Everything
2. Built-in brilliance "Create additional storage space in your kitchen by investing in a built-in cooker hood – a cooker hood that fits discreetly in to a cupboard, providing extra room to store everyday items." - Geoff Baker, chairman at AIRUNO
3. Work it out "By making more of the worktop usable, it is likely for the homeowner to discover that less of this space is required, therefore allowing for more cupboard space. A wall of tall cupboards at 400mm will provide significantly more practical storage than the usual base, worktop, and wall unit system and can be organised by its particular functions; food, crockery, appliances. Shallower wall units, potentially only being one item deep for storing mugs, jars and packets, will open up the work surface and make better use of the wall cupboard." - Neil Stevenson, founder at NEJ Stevenson Ltd.
1. Look up "Think vertically by using space above the bath and sink levels. Use over door racks and mounted wall units as a quick and easy way to store essentials and avoid windowsill clutter." - Simon Glanville
2. Everything in its place "Many people underestimate the importance of having an organised bathroom. It’s where you get ready to face the day each morning and, at night, it’s where you unwind and prepare for bed. So, if you want to make sure that your days begin and end with as little stress as possible, decluttering your bathroom is a great place to start. Each of your products should have its own place so you’re never left hunting around for a lipstick or pair of scissors. It’s wise to invest in some drawer dividers and plastic baskets that will help you to keep everything separated and nicely organised so you know exactly where everything is." Gary Lyons, founder of Plastic Box Shop
2. Go bespoke "The big advantage of bespoke furniture is of course that it can fill the space and cope with any idiosyncrasies. It is amazing how much storage you gain by going high up the wall, and if you make it no deeper than it needs to be your room will still feel spacious. Your designer can measure exactly what needs to be housed or displayed and make sure that it will all fit, look good and be accessible. If you need to access your higher level storage on a regular basis then a built in ladder can be useful. Pull out shelves help you make use of deep spaces. A tall wardrobe may benefit from a pull down rail." - Simon Tcherniak, Senior Designer at Neville Johnson
3. Remove the divide "The best way to maximise storage in a bedroom is by removing non-structural partitioning and re-planning. With careful layout consideration, you can usually create a generally rectangular space with good access to bedsides and circulation, whilst also borrowing an extra niche of space large enough to build in a wardrobe/full height cupboard for storage. This way, neighbouring rooms might also take any oddly-shaped space left to insert an en suite shower or wardrobe. Such an interior layout can work very efficiently on plan and still give a feeling of air and space." - Neil Tomlinson, founder of Neil Tomlinson Architects
4. Under the bed "Storing your Winter or Summer wardrobe in a storage bed is a brilliant use of often under-utilised space, and allows for easy access to your clothes, should there be a sudden need or weather change. With end, side or alto opening gas-powered mechanisms which effortlessly lift up the mattress (and allow it to stay there), your clothes can be reached again in seconds – much easier than climbing into lofts or traipsing out into freezing garages." - David Normal, founder of Furl
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