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31 Home Storage Solutions

Explore these great home storage solutions for every room.

| January/February 2015

  • IKEA’s Fintorp line includes wall-mount rails and hanging baskets designed to make adding storage neat, easy and affordable. Visit ikea.com and search “fintorp.”
    Photo courtesy Ikea
  • A drink cart is a stylish way to free up kitchen cabinet space by relocating glassware, dishes, drink mixers and more. Pictured: CB2 sustainable mango wood Porter Bar Cart, $400; cb2.com
    Photo courtesy CB2
  • Modular wire shelving units provide a clean solution for messy spaces. Pictured: VivaTerra White 3-Bin Wire Hanging Shelf, $150; vivaterra.com
    Photo courtesy VivaTerra

Craving space in your home? As many of us aim to live simply in smaller spaces, our need for smart storage grows. Not all of us have walk-in closets, extra storage rooms, linen closets, attics or even garages. With a bit of thoughtful planning, you can add storage solutions to any room in your house to help your home feel more spacious and you feel more serene. Here, we outline 30-plus creative ideas to improve your existing space, put things away and organize your life.

Love Your Living Room

Double-Duty Furniture: Demand that your furniture do more than just sit there and look pretty—many furniture items can offer hidden storage. Think coffee tables with lots of shelves, footstools that store blankets and side tables that house books and magazines. You can also transform a large lidded basket into an affordable and storage-friendly side table by topping it with a solid tray or crate.

Floating Shelves: You may not have room for a whole bookcase, but floating shelves provide extra surface space for books, family pictures and art. Get even more storage space by corralling small items in pretty tins or boxes, then displaying those on open shelves. Group shelves together on one wall or place one near the ceiling to take advantage of unused space.

Built-In Storage: Older homes are praised for their beautiful built-ins; add the same functionality to a newer home by contracting a local carpenter to build a custom storage built-in (it might be more affordable than you think), or assemble modular units together for a similar feel.



Under-Control Kitchen

Above-Cabinet Storage: Look up! Above many kitchen cabinets is a bit of open space that is going to waste. Use baskets to neatly store seasonal decorations, outdoor dishes, extra linens or serving dishes. You could also use this highly visible space to store beautiful cookbooks.

Pull-Out Shelves: Make the most of your lower cabinets with pull-out shelving. Shelf inserts from home repair stores fit into practically any cabinet and maximize space for pots, pans, small appliances or even pantry items.



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