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Making the Most of Your Space with Hidden Storage

 

 

You need extra storage in your home. But you don’t want to eat into your square footage. You have limited space, or you just like the open feeling of your home. You have a lot of stuff that needs storage space, though. So what do you do? If you want to be able to create the storage space that you need, without cutting into the square footage of your house, and you want to keep it out of the way, you’ll want to look at hidden storage options.

Hidden storage is a great way to store what you need, but it still gives you easy access to it. After all, the point of storage is being able to use what you’re storing when you need to. There’s no point in having storage that’s hard to get to or impractical when you use the items, like linens, clothes, and kitchen items, on a daily basis. Fortunately, if you use a little creativity, you can create the perfect storage solutions for you needs, and you can even keep them hidden.

Hide it Away                         

With storage, it’s not necessarily about the amount of space that you have. You could have a mansion, but that doesn’t mean you want your storage out in the open. You like having your space open. Hidden storage options are exactly what you’re looking for. They give you all of the storage that you want, without cutting into your floor plan, and it stays out of sight when you have guests over.

· Under the Bed. One of the best, and easiest, places to add extra storage in the bedroom is underneath the bed. And while plastic containers and totes work just fine, you might consider a purpose built bed frame with built in drawers and shelves. If you use a dust ruffle, you can even keep the extra storage hidden away. Of course, if you really want to add some functional hidden storage, consider building storage into the floor. Create spaces underneath the floorboards where you can store shoes, clothes, and more. You can also use your headboard as storage. Add hinged lids as part of the headboard, and you’ve got a great storage space that’s hidden perfectly away.

· Rolling Closet. Have an open floor plan or large bedroom with a dividing wall? Put that wall to use. Hollow it out, and create the perfect closet. Like the hidden pantries in kitchens, this brings the same kind of innovation to the closet. It’s a large roll-out closet that hides neatly in the wall.

· Hide Your Bed. We’ve all heard of the hide-a-bed, or the Murphy Bed. They fold up into the wall. They’re great for a dual purpose bedroom, like an office and guest room. Or, if you just want to be able to open up your bedroom. There’s a new twist on this kind of bed now. Instead of hiding the bed in the wall, it hides in the ceiling. That’s right. You can hide your bed in the ceiling. It pulls down when you need it, and hides out of sight when you don’t.

· In the Bathroom. We’ve all had, or at least used, small bathrooms. They can be a pain. The sink can cut right into the space for the toilet, and it makes an already small bathroom an incredibly tight fit. Use a rolling bathroom sink. When you need it, it simply pulls out of the wall. When you’re done, or don’t need it, it slides back into the wall just like a drawer.

· Home Office. If you really need that home office, but you’re short on space, turn an unused closet into your office. The doors close to hide your office when you aren’t using it. This adds a whole new level to work/life balance. Plus, it keeps your office out of the way when guests are over, so your work will stay completely undisturbed.

· Stairway to Storage. If your house has stairs, you’ve probably seen plenty of storage options for using the space underneath the stairs. But what about using the stairs themselves? Turn lower stairs into functional drawers. This is a great place to store shoes, or anything else, and it’s completely out of the way and hidden.

· Use the Architecture. While this might not be completely hidden, it’s still a great way to utilize space you normally wouldn’t for storage. If your home has exposed beams, you can use the ceiling itself as storage. Add some shelves, and you’ve got a unique bookshelf, or storage for anything else. It’s not exactly hidden, but it is up out of sight.

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