Making Storage Work for You

Eurostyle Gilbert 5 ShelfUnit with Chromed Steel Frame

Lately, I’ve been reading about micro apartments and the interior designer in me — who is always up for a good brain teaser — perks up, slaps a thinking cap on, and begins to ponder about how to set up the apartment so that there is ample storage space. Finding space for storage is always a challenge. And without a doubt, if you are living in a small space it is even more of a challenge and therefore you must make storage work for you.

BEYOND Stores has many bright storage ideas, and the first thing that needs to be taken into account is the lay of the apartment. Personally, I always like airy spaces with big windows, but the truth of the matter is that the windows often take away from added wall space; wall space equals storage and shelving units. So there is a give and take.

Lea Elite Reflections Bridge in White

One thing to remember when trying to maximize storage space is to take full advantage of height, i.e., to get extra tall units like Uttermost’s Gunnar Large Bookshelf. The nice thing about this bookcase is that it is narrow, too; and therefore it is perfect for tight spaces. However, if you are blessed with a little more space, you can model your apartment with larger units. For example, the Gilbert 5 Shelf Unit with Chromed Steel Frame in Black Lacquer from Eurostyle is approximately one-and-a-half times as wide and comes complete with an extra shelf.

Other ideas when it comes to home storage include hanging a shelving unit either above a doorway or a desk. BEYOND Stores offers an Elite Reflections Bridge by the Lea Industries furniture company. It is specifically designed for children’s bedrooms, but this piece should work in about almost any modern apartment that requires out of the box thinking on how to get the most amount of storage space.

Lea Elite Rhapsodys Dual Function Underbed Storage

Finally, one of the most common places that is overlooked for storage is under the bed. For those who need extra storage space, be sure to check the bedroom. Even if you have a bed that is raised a mere few inches off the floor, you can turn that into vital storage space. The Rhapsodys Dual Function Underbed Storage-KD in Cherry Color, also from Lea Industries, is a perfect chest that slides in and out from under your bed. This additional storage space is perfect for items that are not required daily.

Remember, when it comes to storage, think out of the box and utilize all opportunities  to make the most of your space.

About the Author: Allison Cooper is an editor and writer for Beyond Stores. In addition to her official capacities here at Beyond Stores, Allison blogs across the web on crafts, gourmet recipes, and the latest in interior design. When not hard at work, Allison enjoys pondering her own decorating projects, knitting, and raising her two sons, Marcus and Noah.

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