Good storage is essential for a well-balanced and functional home, whether it's a bedroom, bathroom, or family entertaining space. Here are our 6 top tips to maximize storage in your own home:
1. Custom-made storage solutions: seamlessly blending functionality and style for your home
We always make sure that our storage solutions are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, fitting in seamlessly with the style of the home and the lifestyle of the client. To achieve this, we prefer to manufacture bespoke options that are designed in the right style, shape, size, color, materials, and finishes, rather than using off-the-shelf options that are available in standard sizes and don't make the most of the available space.
Surprisingly, custom-made options are not always as expensive as one might expect, as furniture makers (like DIYgirls) don't have a costly office, retail store, or shopfront to maintain. This allows us to keep costs down while ensuring the quality of the build.
2. Maximise your space with hidden storage
Hidden storage solutions are a wonderful way to maximize space throughout your home.
Tailored TV units, for example, can provide ample hidden storage while making a statement when they're designed to meet your specific requirements and complement the style of your room.
To take advantage of a bare wall in one of our client's family homes, we created a Box Slatted TV Wall Unit made to measure. This unit conceals all wires, charging docks, routers, and decoders while also providing ample space for books, games, and other personal items. By installing this central storage unit in their cozy and inviting pajama lounge, we freed up space for seating and other furniture pieces without overwhelming the room.
Many of our clients who rent and therefore don't want a built-in TV unit, opt for the standalone Galway TV Floor Unit. This striking, slimline design is perfect for homes where space is at a premium, as it provides a modern, clean look and feel while making the living space seem wider in seconds.
Both built-in cabinetry and freestanding TV unit options are becoming increasingly popular for use in the bedroom and living areas, as they allow clients to keep belongings nearby without compromising aesthetics.
3. Stylish bay window benches for storage and seating - expert interior design tips
Whether your home is large or small, another hidden storage gem is window seating. It allows you to maximize the space you have around an otherwise unpopulated window by providing additional seating while serving as an ideal place to store throws, cushions, games, and more.
As with your TV unit, we suggest opting for a made-to-measure bay window bench. By doing so, you can design a bench that's not only the perfect fit but also features finishing touches that are in harmony with the rest of your furniture. The result is a seamless flow in your room.
4. Transform your bedroom with luxurious ottoman storage boxes: the perfect storage solution
Serving the same purpose as the bay window bench, one of our all-time favorite storage solutions is the ottoman storage box.
Upholstered in a luxurious quilted fabric by Hertex that's available in a range of trendy colourways, the Hopscotch Storage Box, for example, is both practical and beautiful – adding a boutique hotel look and feel to any bedroom.
With a hinged lid, it's quick to store reserve linen, handbags, shoes, or out-of-season clothes, and it's just as easy to access those items again.
5. Stylish bedside table and tallboy chest of drawers: clever storage solutions for small and large bedrooms
A list of bedroom storage ideas would not be complete without taking a closer look at bedside tables. If your bedroom is big enough, why not let a chest of drawers multitask as a bedside table? This will create more storage as well as surface space, so you have room for a statement table lamp, a photo frame, as well as one of your favorite decorative table accessories. It further gives the room a sense of grandeur, combining the best of both worlds in terms of functionality and style.
To achieve the same amount of storage space in a smaller bedroom, we made a tallboy chest of drawers in the same style as the standard pedestal for our client. While this choice is more compact in terms of floorspace, it still provides maximum storage, which is ideal for keeping underwear, socks, and pajamas.
6. Transform your walk-in closet into a luxurious dressing room with island units: stylish storage solutions for ultimate flexibility
Island units are fast becoming one of the must-have storage pieces in walk-in closets as it brings the look and feel of a dressing room together by filling the empty space in the center of the room. At the same time, it also offers added drawer space and a handy tabletop for the display of perfume and cosmetics. When mounted on wheels, they can easily be moved around the room for the ultimate in flexibility.
Remember, with a little creativity and some smart storage solutions, you can turn even the most cluttered space into a stylish and functional haven.
Head to diygirls.co.za to browse our wonderful selection of storage items or book a virtual consultation for a bespoke design.