Nobody likes clutter. Whether you’re trying to cook, socialise or work, having mess in the way can seriously impact the look and functionality of your home. But while you might struggle to accommodate more bulky wardrobes or chests of drawers, there are plenty of alternative ways to add storage space.
Whether you’re planning to sell up in the near future or simply want to improve your quality of life, here are five stylish storage options to size up.
Are your floors and surfaces covered in books, souvenirs and other small items? If so, it’s time to maximise your vertical space! Installing open shelving is a great way to create a more spacious feel without committing to a full-on clearout.
They’re great for curating attractive displays of your favourite items too. And with nature proven to benefit our mental health, why not add a few houseplants to the mix?
Fitted storage maximises every inch of space available and can be tailormade for awkward spaces that would otherwise go unused. That includes sloping ceilings that are common in loft spaces, as well as ingenious solutions like overbed wardrobes.
Instead of sticking out like a sore thumb, part of the appeal of fitted storage is that it blends in with the rest of your home.
Is your furniture doing enough to earn its place? Where extra storage is in high demand, multi-functional furniture could be the way to go. Think coffee tables with closed or open shelves underneath, and handy window or hallway benches for shoes and blankets.
Many modern bedframes come with storage built into the sides and headboard too, while sofa beds are another space-saving option.
What if your storage became a design feature in itself? Wicker and rattan baskets are pretty but practical, adding a functional bohemian touch to your existing décor. They’re great for storing laundry, toiletries, toys, blankets, firewood and more.
Their texture and colour can provide contrast in any room of your house too, be it a bathroom, playroom or living room.
Hallways can be practical and inviting – or cold and unappreciated. If yours falls into the latter camp, installing some storage could help it add more value while clearing clutter from more important areas of your home.
Coat hooks are an obvious and convenient choice, while slim console tables provide storage for keys and post without blocking anyone’s way.
Could any of these alternative storage options help you keep your house in order?