A little extra space can go a long way, if it is used correctly. And who doesn’t need some extra space?
A build-up of objects happens in every home. Whether it’s a single person living alone, or a family of six in a semi-detached house, storage is a commodity.
The fact is that we all collect items over the course of our lives, this can be anything from:
- Camping gear
- Clothing for different seasons
The list is endless. And all these items need to be stored somewhere when they are not in use.
In this article, we’re going to look at ways to extend your storage space and the benefits of doing so.
Expanding your storage at home
Technically, around 2.55 – 3.15 per cent of floor space should be reserved for storage, however this isn’t always possible. Newer homes are smaller, which means storage space is at a minimum.
It’s important to review your storage space and what can be done to improve it. Can you declutter and remove some items?
Then consider how much space you will need and what your options are. You could look at the following:
- Investing in furniture with inbuilt storage, such as beds or sofas. Beds and sofas are ideal for storing extra bedding, blankets, and towels.
- Buying a medium-size shed– this is especially good as you can store items that aren’t used often.
- Building a storage area under the stairs – rather than just stuffing things in there, utilize the space with shelving.
- Adding floating shelves to the dining room and living room. Or add some shelving under your dining table for place mats and cutlery.
- Think of the unused space at the top of walls, can you add storage there? There is so much vertical space in our homes that goes unused.
- Add racks to the back of doors – spice rack in the kitchen, coats in the hallway closet. You could hang a rack over the sink for pots and pans.
There are many creative ways that you can add storage, including fold out beds or sofas for the guest room. These can be packed away when no one is staying, giving you extra space.
What are the benefits of adding storage?
Having all your belongings in view can be stressful, and some lesser-used items don’t need to be at hand. Below are five benefits that you get from adding extra storage to your home.
- Optimizes your space
The first clear benefit is that once you have adequate storage, you are making the best use of your space. No more falling over things in the hallway or wondering where to put something.
- Ensures your belongings are safe and protected
Whether you invest in a shed or under stairs storage, you can lock it. This protects your items not just from the elements but from prying eyes or thieves.
When you have adequate storage, everything is easy to find. Knowing where everything is and accessing it easily is convenient and also a great stress-reliever.
- Your home looks better
Everything in its rightful place is attractive to look at. When you don’t have any clutter, it’s calm and inviting, a place where people can relax.
- Adds value to your home
A recent Forbes article noted that storage increases the market price of your home. Because everyone needs extra storage, when it comes to sell your home, you will find this gives you an edge.
Don’t forget that the storage space can double up for different uses:
- Add a bench with storage space below for toys and games
- Install seating in your shed for a kids’ playroom or den
- A wall-hung TV cabinet can save space, and store cables or books on top
- Put a blackboard on a kitchen cabinet where helpful reminders can be written.
Adding extra storage to your room has a great range of benefits you may not have thought of. However, the peace of mind it provides is truly worth it.