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Blog by Rachel Thomas

Storage solutions: Making the most out of every space

10 November 2021

Interior designer, Rachel Thomas, talks us through five different storage solutions to consider in your home

In a recent interior design Q&A we hosted on Instagram, many of our followers submitted questions on storage.

Choosing the right storage solution can have a big impact on the overall feel of your space – it can stop a room from feeling overcrowded and can help to create a calmer environment by hiding your clutter.

Many of our homes are designed with a designated space for storage in every room, ceilings are impressively high so you can build storage upwards as well as across, and in terms of room size – expect tons of space to play with.

To help you choose the right type of storage solution for you, it’s important to get to know your options.

Create your own perfect fit with in-built storage

01 — Made to measure

If you want to maximise space, built-in storage is the way to go.

Now, it’s not the cheapest option, but think of it as the tailored suit of the storage world.

You can create your own perfect fit – wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, and laid out exactly as you want it.

Create a place for your socks, a full-length section for your ball gowns, and an open shelf to show off your favourite hat.

Clothing rails make great storage solutions

02 — All on display

If you have a capsule wardrobe, you’re all about buying investment pieces, and you’re thoroughly-edited style perfectly matches your home aesthetic – put it all on display with a clothing rail.

Clothing rails are great storage solutions for those who’ve ‘got it’ and want to ‘flaunt it’.

They help you to visually plan your outfits and pick what you want to wear day-to-day with ease.

They’re a very popular option with fashionistas and budding social media influencers looking to show off their latest haul.

Freestanding wardrobes provide plenty of options to suit every budget

03 — Stand alone

The most popular storage solution is a good, old freestanding wardrobe – or two (there’s more than enough room for them in our spacious homes).

What’s great about freestanding wardrobes is the amount of choice you get as a buyer.

There are plenty of options to suit every budget and you can find them in a wide range of colours, styles, and materials.

In our Port Loop show home, we went for these lovely, blue freestanding wardrobes from MADE.

We love a good shelf – whether it’s in your office, your living space, or your kitchen.

04 — Shelf life

We love a good shelf – whether it’s in your office, your living space, or your kitchen.

There’s no better way to display the objects you love, store your favourite books, and generally add interest, character, and personality to a room.

Whether you go for half-height or full-height, accessorise them with boxes and magazine files to hide the bits you don’t want on display.

Switch up the layout every now and again and introduce new accessories for a mini ‘Changing Rooms’ style makeover.

Use clever, multi-purpose solutions like storage benches at the entrance to your home

05 — Multi-purpose

Use clever, multi-purpose solutions in smaller spaces of your home like hallways and entrances.

Inside the show homes at Port Loop and Inholm – along with coat stands and wall hooks – we added storage benches at each entrance.

It’s a great way to neatly hide your shoes, trainers, ‘bags for life’, dog leads, and umbrellas while also giving you or your little ones a place to sit as your prepare to go outside or come back in.

Visit our show homes for some real life storage inspiration. We currently have two show homes at Inholm, Northstowe in Cambridge, one show home in New Islington, Manchester, and one show home at Port Loop, Birmingham. Click here to book a viewing at your nearest one.

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