When planning the design of your custom home, don’t overlook the importance of having sufficient storage. It’s better to have enough storage from the get-go than to have to add storage elements later. Although this guide is especially focused on custom home solutions, many points also apply to improving storage in an existing home.
The Holidays and Storage
As the holidays approach and winter time is coming, you may have additional storage requirements. Decorations and lights take up space and then you have to put them somewhere after the holidays. Visiting friends and family may stretch your space if visitors are sleeping in areas normally used for storage. This is a good time of year to assess your storage needs and look for ways to expand your storage capacities. This, of course, will benefit you throughout the year.
What to Consider For Home Storage Solutions
There are several factors you need to consider when planning home storage. Your primary constraint is the total amount of space you have. The size of your lot and home will determine how much potential storage space is available to you. For example, on a larger lot, you can build additional spaces for storage such as a larger garage or shed.
There’s also the fact that your storage needs will differ depending on the size of your family and what kind of possessions you own (or plan to acquire). For example, some people have collections, lots of fitness gear, computer or sound equipment, or other items that take up lots of space. If your lifestyle is more minimalistic, you’ll need less room.
Maximizing Storage Space in Different Spaces
Here are some guidelines to help you make the most of storage areas in various rooms and areas of your home and property.
Kitchen Storage Ideas
- Make use of overhead storage. Hanging pots and pans rather than storing them in cabinets frees up quite a bit of space.
- A walk-in pantry, also known as a butler’s pantry, is convenient for storing all kinds of items, from canned foods to appliances.
- Get a pull-out cabinet organizer. Store plates, pots & pans, cutlery, and small appliances in an under-sink organizer.
Make the Most of Living Areas
Organize the rooms of your custom home where you spend so much time, such as the living room, dining room, and bedrooms.
- Consider a mudroom for the entryway. This gives you a place to drop off shoes, bags, umbrellas, coats, and other items as you enter the house. A mudroom can include all kinds of storage items such as a coat rack, shoe rack, hooks, and shelves.
- Make use of multipurpose furniture. A good example of this is a captain’s bed with drawers. A storage Ottoman in the living room can be both decorative and useful. A large trunk can provide storage as well as be used as a coffee table.
- Organize your closets. A walk-in closet is a great solution if you have room for one. Closet organizers, shoe racks, and shelving brackets help you keep smaller closets in order.
Organizing Your Garage
The garage is, on the one hand, an ideal place for storage. However, it’s also prone to clutter as people tend to throw every random item into the garage. With a custom home, you can build your garage with storage in mind.
- A double garage lets you store a car as well as many other items. A car canopy or carport gives you more space in your garage for storage.
- Building a garage with a high ceiling will give you more vertical space.
- Wall shelves, especially heavy shelving that covers the garage’s entire perimeter, can be used to store boxes, tools, household items, gardening implements, or almost anything.
- A track wall system is convenient for storing odd-shaped items such as rakes, brooms, shovels, and other larger implements.
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