Hunting for ‘lost’ spaces

To save space, all areas in your home can be used if they are well-appointed. At home, the storage spaces, however small they are, can be a great potential if you adopt smart layouts. Cupboards under attic, shelves height, mezzanine, storage under stairs, drawers under the beds, etc. Clever storage ideas can help save space anywhere in the home.

Lost spaces are numerous in a house. They nestle everywhere, areas too cramped to live, but good enough to store.

A typical case of the wasted space is under the stairs. Often it is the case that the space beneath your staircase is found cluttered with a range of items from ironing boards to a hoovers. We also store lots of random items here and in many cases these are not stored efficiently, rather placed or even thrown in to just quickly get the item out of sight.

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Result: A lot of the time only the floor space is occupied and items are pile one on top of each other. Here just a simple thing as a few shelves or even a no longer used bookcase we positioned can multiple the storage area by a factor of two or even three. Not only that but things are a lot easy to find when you need them again, rather than having to turn everything out to find the iron buried at the bottom!

A few well placed hooks in order to suspend the brushes or even your ironing board will release the space on the ground. A hanging shoe rack is also a very useful item and will help prevent your hallway around your front door getting cluttered up with shoes.

The other typical place where there are lost spaces is in the attic. The loft ceilings in many homes are too low to use normal furniture for storage. Instead, almost all space is at ground level where the floor is widest and this needs thoughtful organisation to gain space.

With a few shelves following the slope of the roof (less deep at the top and bottom), creating a closed cabinet can be quite easy to do. If the room is to be used for teenagers, fixed or folding desks can also work well as they are low enough to fit around the outside of the space, below the sloping roof.

Other lost spaces are most often in the corridors or in the entrance of a house. As these spaces are essentially dedicated to walking through, they can often accommodate small closets, shelves, coat stands and umbrella pots.

These catch-all cabinets can largely be high in height to accommodate space in the most inaccessible places. Bulky items that we don’t use every day: suitcases, out of season clothing, duvets etc can often be placed high and out of the way where frequent easy access is not required. Bulky objects such as these also store well in the attic in large chests or in draws.

Kitchens and bathrooms are rooms which often require a high volume of items to be stored whilst space is at a premium. Confronted with this issue many manufacturers now often clever spacing ideas to help deal with the problem. Kitchens come with slide out cupboards or swivel shelves which enable storage of items right in to the corners of the room.

Many lounge and bedroom furniture produced today is also in retractable or folding so that it can be neatly put away and stored when not in use. (eg, folding shelf, extensible bookshelf, collapsable table etc.). Here storage space is also found inside sofa seats, under beds and inside wooden benches.

In the kitchen, the space-saving borrows from the spirit of old times, with racks like in a dresser where you can suspend glasses or even rails fitted with hooks where you can keep on hand more bulky utensils (ladle, slotted spoon, strainer, etc). In the bathroom also, hooks can be fixed on thick doors to hang your bathrobes and pyjamas in a practical way.

Studies which are often reserved for students or work from home parents are becoming popular. These can be created by using a mezzanine level to separate rooms. By placing a bed higher up, you can build some storage space, an office or even a sleeping area below.
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To gain space today you can use sliding doors rather than swinging doors. The interest of sliding doors is to limit the mandatory clearance for opening spaces.

Creating the idea of space can even be down to something as simple as the colour scheme of your rooms. A too-obvious contrast between two different shades will appear to greatly reduce the space of a room. Therefore keep the same colours in your home or flat in order to give a real illusion of space. Even your furniture plays in to this. A black chest for example must not be placed against clear walls. Your curtains must also follow the same trend as your walls to create a sense of openness.

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