Creating Extra Storage Space at Home

03/03/2020
Storage space within the home can often be overlooked, that is until clutter begins to build and items are untidily stacked up in corners or the bottoms of cupboards. Having your belongings organized and properly stored can make a considerable difference in decluttering your home and maximizing your living space. The right storage space can transform how you feel about your home.  Sometimes it can feel like there’s nothing you can do when it comes to needing more storage but fortunately, there are many ways you can create extra storage space in your home without breaking the bank or tearing down walls. In this article, we will be looking at tweaks and home improvements you can make to get the most out of the space. These tips, tricks and storage options can help you feel happier about your home, can help you save time that would otherwise be spent looking for lost items and can even bring more value to your home should you ever want to sell. 

Bespoke Fitted Wardrobes 

A bespoke fitted wardrobe is designed to perfectly fill a space so can help you make the most of the available area in a room. These wardrobes are a good option for smaller or unusually shaped bedrooms. A regular freestanding wardrobe often leaves a lot of wasted, unused space as they are not made to measure. In contrast, a fitted wardrobe goes from floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall so is a great way to turn the entire unused area into valuable and much-needed storage.  A good thing about fitted wardrobes is that they can be created and styled to suit the décor of your home. They will blend into the area and compliment the room they are in. A fitted wardrobe is a great option if you have lots of clothes and shoes that are currently being crammed into existing storage.  This is a simple, affordable way to increase your bedroom storage. The downside to a fitted wardrobe is that you can’t take it with you if you move house but the upside in that situation is that these smart storage solutions do tend to be an advantage when looking for buyers. 

Building a Garage

garage
Home garage
If you have a lot of larger items such as sports equipment, camping gear, bikes etc. or you simply want another room you can make use of then you may consider building a garage to provide the extra space you need. Garages are best known for storing cars and sheltering them from the weather but they offer so many more benefits than just car storage.  A garage is ideal for storing all kinds of items and they can be constructed to suit your home and needs. One of the benefits of a garage is that it also gives the option for conversion into another room such as an office or workshop should that be needed later on. A garage is a convenient and secure storage area but keep in mind that building one will cost somewhere in the region of £13,000 – £26,000+ The upside is that a garage will improve your storage situation considerably and if you decide to sell in the future the garage will increase kerb appeal and add value to your home. A garage can be personalized to suit your needs and budget so there are different types of garages, lots of material options and many other considerations to make if you decide that building a garage is the best option for your situation.

Converting your Loft

  Loft space is one of the most underutilized areas of the home, a loft conversion can offer a huge amount of additional space without the need for planning permission or long build times. Converting your loft space means you are taking advantage of the space that already exists rather than building outwards or adding onto your home. The loft space is perfect for storing items you don’t need constant access to. A loft conversion for storage space can be a very straightforward process as it can be as simple as boarding the loft. This is an easy process that doesn’t need the same level of adaptation or finishing touches that will be needed if the loft is being converted into a bedroom or living space. The loft conversion you decide to carry out will depend on what you will be using the space for, your available funds and the available time you have to do the conversion.  Putting boards down is a safe and effective way to quickly create storage space in a currently empty loft. Converting your loft not only transforms it into a usable area but also helps prevent heat loss in the home, increases the house’s value and can even cost less to do than using a self-storage facility. 

Building a Shed

Storage sheds
Storage sheds
If you require storage space and you have items that do not need to be kept inside your house then a shed may be the answer. Sheds are great for storing garden equipment, tools, furniture, outdoor toys and so much more. A shed is an affordable, convenient option that can neatly store items on your property but not within your home. It’s an ideal solution for those seasonal items such as pools or sun loungers, as well as sports gear and items that are not too valuable or fragile. As the shed is located on your property it is easily accessible and extremely useful but the downside to sheds is that they are not the most secure storage option as they can be easily broken into.  Building a shed can be a fun DIY project, building it yourself gives you full control over the end product so you can customize it and make it to suit your needs. Building a shed is inexpensive but you will need access to tools and materials, if you are considering building the shed yourself take a look at this step-by-step guide on the B&Q website. 

Renovating your Basement 

Basements are usually an afterthought, more often than not they are left unutilized and are left to do little more than store cardboard boxes of forgotten possessions and gather dust. This is a real shame because if you can look past the initial dark and dingy appearance many basements have you will see the potential for a large and incredibly useful area.  When it comes to renovating your basement, there are a couple of options. If you don’t have a lot of time or funds and you need a quick storage solution you can fit some lights and shelves to make it into a functional and organized storage area. If you do have time, a basement is perfectly situated to be transformed into additional living space and could be anything from an office space to a bedroom or a family area. By utilizing the space in the basement, you can create storage solutions while adding a useful, bright and appealing room to your home.  A full basement renovation and restyle can be likened to a kitchen renovation so it is not the quickest or cheapest task. Of course, there are lots of options depending on what you want to use the basement area for. If you will simply be transforming it into a more inviting and organized storage room this is going to be an inexpensive and relatively quick process.  
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