By Tracie Utter
February Theme Storage Areas: Best Use
When living in a small space, it may seem like there is never enough storage and that may be true, but consider how the space is used. Often, storage opportunities are not obvious until the right kind of system is considered. Creativity and planning are necessary which may include: installing adequate shelving, having the right kind of furniture, using proper containers, and placement of these items. Vertical space is as important as horizontal space and designating a home for everything is critical.
Small spaces may require unconventional thinking like building shelves in the middle of the room instead of along a wall or, buying furniture that performs dual functions. Think of the benefits of small spaces:
* Less stuff to maintain
* Less to clean
* Less to buy, therefore, buy better quality
* Save money, time, energy, and your blood pressure
* Use every square inch smart, no wasted spaces
Picture source: IKEA
Your dream home does not have to be enormous. By using space well, small can be as satisfying as large. Look at pictures for ideas. IKEA offers the best solutions. IKEA is store that sells just about everything for a home, big or small, although they specialize in solutions for small spaces. Some common elements they use over and over again: shelving and cabinets (floor to ceiling), islands, bunk beds, small and dual functioning furniture, multi-purpose rooms, and spaces that are attractive. Take their concepts and apply them to your space, possible without buying anything. Design your own solution and build yourself or hire a handyman to help. Consider these tips when contemplating your
Kitchen – use cabinets that extent to the ceiling; find extra chairs that fold and store well; use all the wall space; use fully extending drawers; use eat-in counter tops; store utensils on the back splash; use dividers in drawers; use open shelving; keep horizontal spaces clear of clutter; use glass on the front of cabinets to make the space feel more open; in this case, pictures are better than words.
Bathroom – similar to the kitchen, use cabinets and shelving wisely; go through toiletries often and dispose useless items; hang towels on a swiveling rail that extends out into the room instead of along the wall; use hooks; keep things off the floor; install adequate lighting; store extra supplies (toilet paper, shampoo and soap) in other rooms; use shelving in the shower; see pictures.
Bedroom – buy a bed that has storage built in; use vertical space for shelving; attach lighting to the wall; buy chests with 5 or 6 drawers instead of 2 or 3; use containers under the bed for storage; raise the bed; use dividers in drawers; use appealing containers/baskets to corral small stuff; limit knick knacks; use efficient closet systems; use a night stand with drawers; create storage space by placing the bed and shelving in the middle of the room so you can walk behind it; hang interesting, functional items on the wall as art so they do not have to be stored elsewhere, fo example, musical instruments; use rolling carts that move throughout the house, especially between the bedroom and bathroom; see pictures.
In most households, these three rooms are used most often and hold a lot of stuff, therefore, deserve your attention. Look for storage opportunities and act on those first. Enough cannot be said about having shelving located in an appropriate spot and the right size & shape. Sometimes it has to be custom built to be attractive but can be done on a budget with the right help. Look for unused spaces like inside a wall, under the steps, between windows or furniture, or in the middle of the room. Storage will make a small house flow better when used routinely and maintained appropriately and better flow contributes to a happy household.
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