There can’t be too many storage units. Both the owners of large private houses, where it is possible to afford a separate room for storing things, and those who are “lucky” to have a small apartment, where even for arranging a small shelf one needs to find each square centimeter, think so. We offer you an impressive selection of practical and functional projects to create storage units in houses and apartments of various area sizes and design. Perhaps you are already acquainted with some of them, and other ones you will see for the first time, in any case, they all passed the test of time, and the test of durability and practicality. Arrange your house with comfort and convenience—get inspiration from the projects of foreign and native designers.
Storage units in a bedroom
These can be both absolutely smooth drawers with barely visible holes for easy opening and sliding boxes with fittings—everything depends on the model of the bed and the amount of free space under the bed.
The boxes can vary in size. A pull-out box to the entire length of the bed is more difficult to put out, but it can hold things that are undesirable to be wrapped and bent. And two small drawers in the bottom of the bed frame are the most common variant of storage organization.
Even if your bed design did not originally provide the availability of drawers—you can make additional ones from the material that matches in color and texture to the quality of the bed. In this case, the size and weight of the boxes will depend on how often you have to push them out and how much effort you are ready to make for this.
Drawers as storage units can be assembled not only under the bed but also in the form of the place for relaxation, which can be transformed into a sleeper if needed.
And the next variant of arranging a few drawers is already connected with the use of free space under the platform on which the bed is set. It would be an unforgivable misstep to leave such amount of useful space without rational exploitation.
In case if storage units are used for arranging the bedroom, designed for several people, and equipped with a two-tier bed, the drawers can be built not only into the basement of the lower level of beds but also in stages. Depending on the height of the ceiling in the room, and the corresponding sizes of the two-tier construction, the number of such boxes may vary.
We present our economy variant of arranging the storage for clothes that requires for construction a minimal amount of the financial and time costs. Just a few pipes or hoses and a couple of boxes, but how many opportunities for storage. Such method of storage will look organically in the rooms, arranged with the aesthetics of industrial style, loft or minimalism.
One more it is not a very expensive way to mount the storage units, which can be done single-handed, with little experience of timbering. Built-in or portable rack with shelves and hanging rods for hanging clothes can be placed behind the curtain. Whether the color of curtains will match the decor of windows or it will become a color accent—it`s up to you.
If you need to create niches of the plaster slab in your bedroom to hide the engineering systems or the imperfections of architecture, it will be strange not to make use of such opportunity and not to arrange the niches for storage. Books and photos in frames, boxes with decorations and other stuff will not only be always at hand, but also will decorate the interior of the bedroom.
Here is an example of creating the original storage units in shallow hanging cabinets. A lot of shelves for clothes, which do not require hanging on angular frames, are housed inside the snow-white blocks with almost smooth facades. Such units will not take much useful space in the bedroom, and actually will be rather practical and capacious.
Original racks and cabinets for a living room
One of the most common and easiest ways to organize storage units in the living room is mounting racks. This construction may be built-in, and may also have separate modular units, randomly assembled. The rack may consist entirely of open shelves or be a compound storage system with units, closed cabinets and drawers.
The book stack in the living room instantly gives the room the status of the home library. For storing books it is convenient to use the wall with a doorway. The open shelves or units are built (or a portable model of the rack is used) around the door. Thus, both the problems of storage will be solved, and useful living space will be used rationally.
The snow white racks from floor to ceiling do not look massive, despite their size. Light colors give lightness and freshness to the massive construction.
The surface with the video zone on it is not less popular for assembling the book storage units. Open bookshelves around the TV-set both look great and do not take much place.
For the living room with a fireplace (as a rule, it is located in the center of a wall without windows), it is logical to arrange storage units from both sides of the hearth. The symmetrical arrangement of open shelves and hinged cabinets will not only create a capacious storage system, but it will also bring the austerity, clarity and shape to the living room.
For the living room in a typical apartment, it is difficult to imagine the location of the soft zone not near the wall because of the small size of the room. But in private houses and apartments with an improved design, it is possible to improvise. When the sofa is not located near the wall, it is possible to arrange its back using a low rack. Thus, both the number of storage units in the living room will be increased, and the image of the room will be interesting, non-trivial.
The so-called “walls”, which were so popular at the end of the last century among our countrymen, are gone. Modern style tends to simplification and minimalism—smooth facades of cabinets without decoration and accessories become one of the most popular variants of embedding storage units.
Kitchens and dining rooms—a non-trivial approach to storage
Many people may say that there are already a lot of storage units in the kitchen space—an entire set of furniture and in many cases, even the kitchen island to boot. But there cannot be too many places for storage. Here is a variant of placing additional kitchen cabinets under the very ceiling above the dining area. Absolutely smooth facades of cabinets do not attract attention, look modern and stylish, but at the same time, serve as a practical solution for storing kitchen utensils.
In the kitchen area with no opportunity to hang the sufficient number of the upper tier cabinets because of a large number of windows or their size, one can use the open shelves as an alternative. Thus, both the room will be filled with the sunshine, and utensils will be placed as the saying goes “at hand”.
Dressing room—a place where order reigns
Turn the dirty and abandoned attic of a private house into an incredible snow-white dressing room! In the space with a large ceiling bevel and complicated architecture, it is not easy to arrange a functional room. But for storage this place is ideal. Leave the space with the highest ceiling height for the passage, and in areas where you could not stand in your full-length, organize storage units—cabinets and drawers, racks and sliding boxes.
The main task of the dressing room is locating the maximum amount of storage units with a spending minimum useful space of the utilitarian room. Typically, the cabinets and shelves have a parallel layout and are arranged in two rows. Depending on the size and shape of the room, one can use adding storage units, placing them in a U-shaped manner.
ВIn the spacious dressing room in addition to the cabinets along the walls the island is often set—a freestanding furniture unit, which effectively combines the functions of storing and support. As a rule, the wardrobe island is a capacious chest with many drawers for storing accessories, jewelry, and other additions to the image.
One more variant of the wardrobe island, which, being put to a wall, becomes a wardrobe peninsula, is presented in the next photo. If your dressing room lacks space to accommodate a full wardrobe island, then such variant can become a spectacular alternative, being both additional storage unit with drawers and countertop surface for bags or boxes with decorations, and accessories.
The space under the stairs—a kaleidoscope of ideas for storage
A useful space under the stairs is not only advisable to use, it must be used rationally. The first thought that comes to most homeowners with a dwelling, in which there is a staircase is organizing storage units. And in this case, there are many variants of arranging the sliding drawers or open shelves, units or combined blocks for storage.
Here is another example of using the space under the stairs for arranging storage units—here are hinged cabinets and drawers, and even a one-unit wardrobe to accommodate a vacuum cleaner.
The arrangement of storage units under the stairs looks harmoniously when its design coincides with the style of furniture in the rest of the room. So the staircase even from its front edge becomes an integral part of the space image of the lobby or the hallway.
The stairs are usually located in the hallways and lobbies of private homes. Therefore, it is logical to accommodate in the space under stairs storage units for shoes and umbrellas, outdoor clothing and handbags.
Here is one more way to design the shelves under the stairs for those who believe that not only the practical side of the issue but also the aesthetic attractiveness and originality of the image are important. In this case, the shape, the texture, and the material also matter.
For some homeowners, it is more comfortable to arrange under the stairs, not the individual units or boxes, but the entire storeroom, which you can enter. Of course, this variant is appropriate not for all ladders, everything depends on the size of the construction and the peculiarities of the support location. Anyway, it is more convenient once to spend money on the installation of the sensor, so that when you open the doors of your closet under the stairs the light will immediately come on.
For those who would like to avoid attracting attention to space under the stairs and to keep secret the fact that there are storage units there, the variant with absolutely smooth doors, behind which the shelves and units are hidden will be suitable.
You don`t have to be limited by storage units and may organize under the stairs a mini-office with a desk, shelves above it and hinged cabinets or drawers for papers and stationery. An important component of this alteration will be providing the sufficient level of illumination in the workplace under the stairs.
Closets, store rooms and more
Arranging the store room for all those things that cannot be held in the private rooms of family members, in their closets and drawers, is one of the usual and traditional methods of storage. In such closets you can put all the things that you do not want to put on show in open racks and shelves, everything that makes no sense to be kept near the bed or in the hallway.
While equipping the seats by the window, do not forget about the effective use of the space under the seats. Using a simple principle of a box with a removable lid, you can enrich the ranks of the storage units in the house or apartment.