Storage Planning for Interior designers

A decorated interior doesn’t work in the long run if it is not functional. An adequate and intelligent storage solution is the backbone for an efficient design. The design should accommodate everything a household requires without being out of the theme. 

Things to keep in mind when designing the storage:

  • An analysis of the existing storage space is necessary, and further plan on how to make it more efficient. Expensive storage units don’t fit every budget size.
  • Keep the things closest to where they are used to decrease the travel time through the house.
  • Consider all possible places that can be used in the interiors. For instance, space under the staircase, the tread of the step, storage space under the window sill are few viable options.
  • Arrange the storage units for optimum functionality.
  • Make use of containers, flexible shelving solutions and personalised fittings. The storage should reflect the person’s needs like a painter would need organised storage space; similarly, a movie fanatic doesn’t before the TV console.
  • A person’s cupboard is the most imperative space. It holds the suit of armour for every activity possible. The wardrobe needs to keep everything effectively so that it is not the chaos that a person wakes up to every morning. Although it also depends on people’s personality, some prefer a mesh, and some have an organising fetish. 

No matter the case, having an optimised design makes everyone’s lives easier. The storage should include a well-designed play of drawers and shelves for maximum use. 

Built-in storage

Built-in storage space while adding a pleasing aesthetic quality can also add depth and dimension to any plain, clean room, changing the apparent shape, size and appearance of an enclosure. Most built-in units consist of drawers, racks, cupboards and alike. The free shelf space can function to showcase ornaments, plants and books. The attached shelves should be built keeping in mind the weight consideration of commonly shelved objects.

Some other advantages of built-in storage space are more floor space, less wall space, and can be permanently attached to ceilings, walls or even floors; this comes with a limitation of non-portability during relocation and limitations on furniture placements.

Most ready-made racks are commonly carved from metal or wood. The best place to attach these racks is behind doors or on walls, where they can be used to hold clothing items like jackets, ties, sweaters, etc. One consideration is to keep in mind the swing radius of the door, and enough space behind it for the rack installation and access.

Under-bed Storage

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Under-bed storages are often under-utilized. These are ideal for storing seasonal clothes, infrequently used items, and large cartons. Canvas boxes are perfect storage for organizing under-bed stored items.

Relinquish the Nightstands

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Placing dressers by your bedside instead of nightstands is not very common, but can be more practical for small-sized rooms. It provides better storage space, helps to give the room a more decluttered feel and a more modern appearance.

Raise Your Bed

A raised bed can create additional almost closet-like space. This space can be decorated using curtains, sheets and can add matching colours to the room.

Multipurpose Work Space

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Wall-mounting a workstation can help to create additional storage space for jewellery and other items. Cabinets inside the workstation can be used for office supplies, wires, computer components and files. Computer-specific desktops can be made fold-out type, which can be swung out of the way once work is done to keep the storage space hidden.

Kitchen Island with Storage Space

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A kitchen island can be used to store extra cutlery and non-perishable items. All holiday placements can be stored safely out of view.

Banquette Seating

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A unique, two-person dining area can be created by building a bench, preferably one that can be opened from the top, in the underutilized corner of the kitchen. A well-placed table and chairs will transform it into your own storage-cum-dining area.

Convertible Furniture

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Convertible furniture or furniture with more than one utility can be a great addition to space-saving interior design. For example, drop-leaf tables can be used as desks, dining tables, and consoles. Similarly, two side-by-side consoles can be rotated and switched back-to-back for table seating with bar-level height.

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