Australian homes are getting smaller. The reason for this could be due to many factors, including Aussies becoming more wary of the space they take up and the things they own, however it means we need to start thinking smarter about our storage options in the home.
Whether you’re building a smaller home or simply want to be more efficient with your space, we’ve put together 5 clever storage ideas that will help you ensure every object in your home has a place.
1. Optimise every corner
One of the best ways to maximise space is by using every corner available to you. Of course, you don’t want to make the home feel cluttered or overfull, so it’s essential to be creative and start thinking about all the unusual and unique possibilities that your home has for storage.
For instance, is there an empty spot underneath your stairs? Why not build a custom cupboard, or outfit the space with a custom-designed bookshelf? You could also turn a corner of the living or dining room into a reading or breakfast nook with window seating and storage underneath.
2. Multifunctional spaces
To really get the most out of your home, you should choose fixtures that serve multiple purposes. A kitchen island is a great example of this. Not only can the space be used for prepping meals, dining or even working, it can be outfitted with cupboards underneath so you can keep pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils out of view.
To get even more inventive you can opt for a staircase that doubles as a storage unit, with drawers built into each individual stair.
3. Furniture with built-in storage
Not only can your fixtures be multifunctional, so too can your furniture. Choose items that have added in-built storage. For example, many luxury bed frames now include storage space – either as drawers that pull out from the base of the bed, or a gas lift storage base, which allows the mattress to be lifted with ease and the space underneath the mattress to be used to organise clothes and other items. A gas lift storage base is especially ideal for children’s rooms, where you don’t want to add tallboys or wardrobes to reduce the play area.
4. Smart, custom wardrobes
As much as furnishing and fixtures can add storage to your home, nothing quite beats the utility of your own custom built-in wardrobes. These are shelves, hanging units and cupboards that are affixed to the walls, or built into the floor plan and play a crucial role in the home’s interior design.
If you have a little more space available in your floor plan, walk-in robes are a great way to add extra storage space to your master bedroom, while adding a touch of everyday luxury to the home.
5. Organise your cupboards
While it’s great to explore new storage ideas, it also pays to be clever with traditional storage spaces. Simple things like dividers in kitchen and bathroom drawers and shelf inserts for cupboards can provide extra space for your possessions. We also recommend hooks on the backs of cupboard doors to store things like bags, coats and brooms; as well as pull-out drawers for ease of access in the kitchen and bathroom.
Ready to discover more storage solutions for your new custom home? Get in touch with the team at Adam Mason Homes today!