Archive for March, 2012
Whether you live in a tiny apartment or just have too much stuff, there’s likely a lot of space you aren’t using, like your walls, your ceilings, or the nooks and crannies in your furniture. Here’s how to use it most efficiently.
Multi-functional Furniture. Take a hint from colonial craftsmen and choose furniture that multitasks. For example, choose an ottoman with storage space under the seat rather than selecting a mere single-purpose footstool. Shop for a dining room table that expands or collapses according to your needs. You can find tables with additional built-in storage space for flatware and linens incorporated into the central portion of the dining surface.
Door Space. You can install short shelves above doors to take advantage of a couple of feet of unused space. Store small, lightweight items on them to avoid headaches or concussions–in case someone closes a door with too much vigor.
Under the Bed. When your bedroom is only 10 feet square, you have to use under-the-bed storage space like a professional. Bed risers are one of the best-kept secrets of apartment living. These small, heavy-duty, plastic pieces fit under the legs of your bed to give you an additional four to eight inches of storage space. Invest in several under-the-bed storage boxes to occupy that space. You can store off-season clothing, extra bedding or canned goods there.
Ceiling Storage. If you’ve already exhausted the storage nooks under your bed, the ceiling is ripe with unused space. With just a few wood boards and some elbow grease, you can bolt some storage containers to the ceiling of your garage. If you’re garage-less but have some rafters at your disposal, you can hide your storage bins in between them and the ceiling.
Over-the-Door. Over-the-door shoe organizers can be multifunctional, and are perfect for organizing small items such as school/office supplies, mail, hair bands/bows, baby socks, etc. Store them on the back of a door for out-of-sight, yet accessible solution.
A Whole New Level. In a multipurpose garage that serves as both a home office and a recreation room, an elevated loft doubles the space and defines the work area from the recreation area.
Window Seat. A space saving window seat storage bench is an attractive and low-cost way to boost your home’s storage space. A window seat can add as much as 12 cubic feet of valuable storage space that doubles as attractive usable seating for your home. If you are remodeling an attic bedroom that has a dormer with a window or any other room where you need additional storage space a window seat may be the right option to use.
Storage space is at a premium for nearly everyone these days. Since 87% of Americans live in small or medium-size homes, finding additional storage has become a hot topic. The good news is that every home, no matter its size, has potential storage space that goes unnoticed. Look around your home and discover the storage within.