As more and more homeowners are choosing to stay in their current homes, the trend in home design is moving toward ways to increase storage in their current living situations. For some homeowners, it simply means having better organization, while for others it means actually adding more square footage with an addition.
Check out these tips below to see how you can become more organized with creative storage solutions!
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1. Entryway Storage
If there’s one area in the home that’s hard to keep tidy, it’s the entry hall. That longed-for calm place of welcome can often become an obstacle course of shoes, bags and umbrellas. To conquer the clutter, think about installing cabinets to hide your outerwear from sight.
Custom storage can be the difference between a smaller home feeling cluttered or well maintained. Consider looking into custom built-ins for your entryway, especially if the dimensions are not a standard square.
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Most homes do not have the additional space for a designated mudroom, so a great way to combat that much needed storage space is to put the mudroom in the garage. It keeps mud and debris out of the interior of your home, by having a designated space out of sight.
An extra-long bench next to a garage door keeps outdoor gear tidy. Hooks, cubbies and a cozy seat make it easy for kids to remember to take off their coats, caps and gloves before coming inside the house.
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3. Laundry Room
Laundry room storage is always on the top of homeowners wish lists. Having a place to keep towels, linens, and blankets can ease up storage restraints in other parts of the home, especially in regions where clothing needs to be interchanged as the seasons change.
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Adding open storage shelves underneath stairs adds old world charm to any decor. Simply having the custom look of built-in bookshelves under the stairs elevates the design of the space and feel more detailed and elegant than before.
One thing to keep in mind is that if your stairs are at the center of your house, it's possible that the architect or builder used some of that "dead space", or unusable square footage, to hide electrical or mechanical components out of eye sight. This is where working with a qualified design build company comes in to play, because opening up walls that house unusable space can be a costly repair if the space ends up being unchangeable.
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5. Breakfast Nook
Breakfast nooks are a great way to add easily accessible storage that is hidden into another design element. Breakfast nooks are especially popular in homes that have bay windows. These are windows that jut out to the exterior of the home allowing for a more panoramic view of the outside of the home.
Depending on the size of the breakfast nook, many homeowners will use the drawers to store towels, holiday platters, Tupperware and holiday items that don't get used everyday.
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