Where to Add Built-In Shelving At Home

What makes a house, a home?

Other than calling the home a place you are familiar with, we think it is because your home is where all your stuff is. It is not about how decorated a space is, how functional or how beautiful it is – those elements will not cause you to call that place your home.

But once you move in your stuff into a space, it is one you can proudly call your own, even if it is not looking like a showroom.

Therefore, that makes storage the most essential part of making a house a home. When you have enough storage, that is when you can keep your stuff at the correct place. When the stuff is allocated to its place, the home will then become well kept.

Doesn’t it all make sense now?

However, not all of us are blessed with a big home with plenty of space dedicated to storage. How do people who live in tiny apartments keep their place organised and liveable?

Here, we share how to add in more built-in shelving and storage space in your small home, so your belongings can magically disappear and remain hidden – until you need them.

Built-in Storage – Above Doors

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When you are stuck in a messy situation, look up!

You can use the space on walls as storage. You could fix a built-in cabinet or shelving around the door to store your books, knick-knacks, boxed items, plants and photo albums.

Because of the built-in storage space or shelving along the sides of the door opening, you can hang small photos or art pieces to make the room homier.

For those who do not like the idea of built-in storage space, consider having a shelf above the door. You can place your travel luggage or winter clothes in boxes above the space because you won’t need it until the international borders are open again.

Done right, it will not only keep your space clutter-free, but it will also be visually appealing.

Built-in Storage – Rail the Corners

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For those who do not like the idea of built-in storage space, consider having a shelf above the door. You can place your travel luggage or winter clothes in boxes above the space because you won’t need it until the international borders are open again.

Done right, it will not only keep your space clutter-free, but it will also be visually appealing.

Fix it up and add rails so you can hang your clothes and place your boxes of storage at the top. If you’ve got extra space, you can decorate it with photo frames, plants or lamps.

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Another space that is usually underutilised in the room is the bed space. If you are shopping for a bed frame, keep storage space in mind. Instead of leaving it empty and giving it permission to collect dust, consider a bed frame with under-the-bed storage. Better still if it has headboard storage too.

It is the perfect place for you to keep your clean duvets, extra pillows and blankets for when you have visitors, room accessories and other household items. That way, you can keep these mentioned items away from your wardrobe.

There are bed frames built with higher platforms. It can be lifted up to store rarely used items like deck chairs, festive decorations (like the bulk Christmas tree) and your grandmother’s dinner sets. Once it is kept, lower the platform and lay your mattress on top of it.

Built-in Storage – Ottoman Dining Chairs

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Minimalist, functional and perfect for small homes, this ottoman dining chairs come with the dining table. When not in use, the chairs can be pushed in, and it will take very little ‘real-estate’ at home.

The seats can be removed to reveal storage space. Do note that these chairs should only store light, unbreakable  items. Or else it will be rather difficult to move it when you’d like to take a seat. What can you keep in here? Shopping bags, tissue boxes, kitchen towels and plastic wares. Just be sure to label each seat.

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Last but not least, go check on the storage in your bathroom. Everyone should be using the space on top of the toilet. You can opt for closed cabinets or just fix shelves. Then, place rattan baskets to store soaps, shower gels, toothpaste and other toiletries that you have stocked buy lay unopened. If you are storing towels, be sure to keep them in an enclosed plastic box because the bathroom has a very high humidity level.

If you are looking for ways to enhance your home with more storage space, we hope this list helps you. We hope to assist you in envisioning the potential of your home. If you are looking to do more than just adding more built-in shelving, consider checking out the list of interior designers available at Renodots. Get quotes and discuss what you want to achieve in your home with them.


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