Let’s face it. Everyone needs storage at some point. What kind of storage you need depends on what you need to store. Even before you decide to acquire outside storage from a self storage facility, have you exhausted all possibilities within your own space? Most people don’t think about storage areas or solutions that can be utilized with a little creativity. There are tons of hidden spaces that you should ponder or think about before you branch out into other areas. Here are a few solutions:
Staircase - If you have a staircase at home, the nook underneath the stairs can be used for a variety of things. If there’s no door for access, either make one to utilize that space or use it to create a small office or build bookcases. This is not only ingenious, but solves the problem of not using your spaces to the fullest.
Bookcase - You can add bookcases anywhere. Find the recesses in your walls and place it flush. Or, you can get a bookcase up off the floor to make a decorative statement while still providing storage. Bookcases don’t have to be used just for books, they can store whatever you need. Doors are also available or you can make them and have a multifunctional unit.
Wall-to-ceiling - Need space and don’t know where to look? That’s easy. Look up! Creating wall-to-ceiling bookcases around doors or on an entire wall can give you additional space to use while still being stylish. Have you ever thought about using the four corners of the top of your wall as a decorative shelving piece? Instead of crown molding, try bookshelves at the top in a beautiful color. You’ll wonder why you never thought of it before.
Window - There’s nothing prettier than having a window seat where you can stare out of the window or relax while eating or reading. Why not make it a multi-purpose window seat and incorporate shelving or storage in the bottom. You can have your seat raise, or add drawers or shelving on the outer areas to store items.
Over door - This is one place no one thinks of. Even in the bathroom, you can add a shelf over the door to store towels and other items you want to keep out of sight, or as much as you can. Instead of installing a shelf, how about a cabinet with doors. This is useful space that virtually goes unused.
Small space solvers - If you still need storage options, think small with a big bang! Your furniture can become a storage option for you and still maintain its usefulness Ottomans with removable tops are great for hiding things away. There are also multi-purpose furniture options on the market that will give you additional storage space while limiting their footprint.
It’s a wonderful thing when you think outside of the box. When thinking storage, always look up. For bigger items though, you want to make sure you get a rental unit that will hold your belongings while keeping them accessible. Good luck!