Lack of storage space is something you will notice with many home, if course, it tends to be a particularly bothersome problem for those with smaller homes.
Now, the good news is that there are many ways you can add these storage features by yourself. Best of all, you don’t even need to spend too much to include these elements in your home. Instead, with the necessary woodworking tools, the right materials, and a few ideas, you will be all set. So, without further ado, here are all the ways you can increase the storage space in your house.
1. Look for Extra Space Way Up High
When most people are looking for storage spots, they tend to look in areas that are at eye-level. After all, it is the easiest area to place and reach for things when you need them. However, if you look a little more carefully, you will see that there is an abundance of space in areas that are very high or low.
Take your kitchen, for instance, is there a gap between the top of the pantry cupboards and the ceiling? If so, then you can place boxes here and store those items that you don’t use all that often. Also look at those empty spots above your doors. By setting up a sturdy shelf, you will be able to store anything from books to towels there. This can be an especially good idea for bathrooms where eye-level storage options are limited.
2. Build an Ottoman
Imagine being able to create a storage area that also serves another purpose! Well, if you construct an ottoman with built-in storage, this doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. Now, if this sounds like a tough project, don’t worry, it is actually a lot simpler than you might imagine. All you really need is some plywood, batting, cleats, corner blocks, fabric, hinge, and a cushion. Then, with a little patience, you will be able to build a customised ottoman that has just enough storage space for magazines, blankets, or extra cushions.
3. Construct a Slide-Out Pantry
If you are like most people, then you probably have quite a few things to store in your kitchen. This includes pots, pans, dishes, utensils, ingredients, and more. Is it any wonder that practically everyone is looking for a way to add some much-needed storage space? Of course, the real issue crops up when there doesn’t appear to be any more room in your kitchen to add another pantry cupboard or shelf.
Well, do you have around 20cm of space that you think is absolutely useless? If so, prepare to be proven wrong. With just a few boards, dowels, and casters, you can build your very own pull-out pantry. Complete with wheels, this can easily be slid into the smallest sliver of spaces. You can use it to store cans, herbs and spices, and lots more.
4. Turn a Bare Sink into a Vanity Storage Space
After the sink, it is the bathroom that lacks the most storage space. Once again, the issue of actual surface area crops up. However, if you have a bare sink – that is to say once that isn’t accompanied by a cupboard, there may be a way to remedy that situation. By fitting a dresser vanity below the sink, you will be able to use up the space there.
This project, however, isn’t necessarily for a novice DIY-er as you do have to deal with pipes and plumbing. Still, if you are careful, it shouldn’t be too difficult to pull off. The first step would be to customise the vanity to suit the plumbing features. This means getting rid of the top part and drilling plumbing holes in the back of the dresser. Then, fit the pipes and the sink the way that they are supposed to all while incorporating the vanity. This way, you will have a cupboard to store towels, toiletries, and similar items.
5. Set Up a Window Seat/Bookcase
One thing that most modern houses lack are beautiful window seats. Although you may not have realised it, window seats are much more than just additional seating; they can also be used to create extra storage. Again, it simply takes a little bit of improvising. For instance, if you can find some cheap kitchen cabinets, you will actually be all set.
Just below the window, lay a ready-made cabinet on its side. This will act as the base of your window seat and with a bit of cushioning will become nice and comfy. The shelves will act as a bookcase. If you need even more space, try adding vertical shelves or kitchen cabinets on either side of the seat as well.
6. Add a Loft in High Places
Are you looking for some serious extra room and don’t mind making a decent amount of effort? If so, it may be time for you to construct a loft. See, a lot of two-story homes have columns of blank areas. This can often be found above staircases. Of course, because there are no supporting structures, most people will ignore these spots.
However, if you hire someone with some construction knowledge, you can set up a base and floor. It is best to let a person with the right skills do this as you need to make sure that it is secure. Once you have done this, though, this space can be used as an office, lounge area, or even a playroom.