Storage is an essential part of any home. While interior design may seem like its all about the things you can see, it’s just as much about the things you don’t. Great storage ideas can highlight and provide a showcase for the things you love, or keep everyday essentials hidden from view. Whether you choose ready-made storage or go for a custom design, storage is an important element in the design of your home.
Ready-Made Storage Solutions
If you’re looking to organize the built-in storage your home already has, there are plenty of options from storage bins to decorative boxes. While it may seem utilitarian, storage can actually become part of the design. A trunk can do double duty as a coffee table and a place to store blankets or games. In the kitchen, an island can become the focal point of the design and providing ample storage space and seating. If you’re short on space, consider replacing the kitchen table for a storage-filled island with bar seating. And don’t forget about the small things: decorative trays, dishes, and other catchalls can help wrangle tiny items like paperclips, coins, and keys, while adding personality to the room.
When selecting plastic bins or boxes, be sure to measure the space where you plan to put them, such as under the bed or a cabinet. If you’re tight on space, you may want to select flexible containers like structured, soft-sided boxes, that can be pulled in and out easily. Clear storage containers make it easy to identify what’s inside, while page bins can be labeled to cut down on searching.
Closets are notorious for their need of organization. If you give yourself the right storage solutions from the start, you’ll find its much easier to keep things organized. A closet can also benefit greatly from custom storage. Closets are not one size fits all and few people have the same types of wardrobes. A custom closet allows you to maximize the types of storage you need and get rid of the ones you don’t. A person with large shoe or tie collection will want to customize their closet design to hold them all.
The garage has the tendency to become a catch-all for sports equipment, tools, and extra pantry items, but rarely are they well organized. A garage storage solution is to create zones within the space for each purpose. Add lockers or cubbies near the door to the house to make a mudroom area where members of the family can store their sports gear. A storage cabinets, a bench, and a pegboard can keep tools ready to go and easy to find. And finally shelving and clear containers can provide an extension to the pantry.
Custom Storage Solutions
Custom storage can help you make the most of your space—down to the millimeter. It can also improve the look of a room. Custom cabinetry can hide appliances like washing machines and microwaves, giving the room a more unified look, while built-in bookcases can accommodate a library or display treasured objects or art. Most of all, custom storage allows you to make your house or apartment work with your lifestyle and your collections.
Designing Home Storage with Decor Aid
Home organization can often feel like a daunting task, which is why closets, garages, and other spaces can often become unmanageable. However, it’s easy set yourself up for organizational success or to get back on track with the help of Decor Aid. Decor Aid’s talented interior designers can provide ingenious ways to make the most of your space, whether it’s picking out storage accessories to enhance your decor, or designing a custom closet from top to bottom. For complicated projects like outfitting an entire closet or room, it’s worth it to enlist a Decor Aid professional to help manage the design and installation. The company can also help you find the right craftsman to finish the job, so you can relax and think about what to add to that new dream closet.
Laundry Room Cabinetry
Clever custom cabinetry keeps a home’s washer and dryer out of sight. Via Francesco Lagnese for Southern Living/ domaine.com