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From Squeezed To Spacious: 7 Storage Solutions For Small Houses

storage solutions for small houses

Whether your home is a typical UK terrace or it is a typical UK new build, chances are you just don’t have as much space as you would like.

Short of building an extension, loft conversion or moving house, you really need to be clever about how you store things inside your home to best make the most of what space you do have. We have come up with 7 surprising and practical ways to add storage to your home without losing any of that precious space.

Best of all, most of these ideas won’t costs too much money and are certainly cheaper than finding a new home or having major building work done.

With this in mind, here’s 7 savvy suggestions to add additional storage-without spoiling the overall design…

Storage Solution No.1: Stair Drawers

We all know about drawers in the kitchen and in most other parts of the home, but how about the space below each stair tread?

The idea of stair drawers is still quite niche, but it is the perfect way to utilise unused space and to gain storage areas for those things that are generally left in hallways, such as shoes, wet weather gear and school bags.

You can easily build a stair drawer by removing the vertical portion of the stair and building a framework within it to accept the drawer runners. The front of the stair can then be used as a drawer front, making the stair drawer almost invisible.

You can add a simple small drawer pull or drill a finger pull into the tread to make it even more inconspicuous. Sorted!

storage solutions for small houses

If your kitchen is already installed you can purchase boxes, wicker baskets or other storage items and slide them in above the current units. If you are worried you won’t know what is inside them, use chalk or stickers to write the contents on the outside, so you will always know where to find what you need!

Storage Solution No.2: Above Kitchen Units

Most kitchen cabinets are positioned to allow us to have easy access to the contents without needing a foot stool. However this can mean that they fail to utilise the space above the cabinet. This area simply gets coated in dust and is never thought about, let alone used.

It is possible to make the most of this space when designing a kitchen by installing cabinets that run from the ceiling. These can be accessed by pull down baskets or by simply having a small footstool in your kitchen.

Storage Solution No.3: In The Eaves

Most homes have an attic or loft space, even if it isn’t big enough to be used as a room. This space can almost always be used for storage, but most of us underuse it and fail to take advantage of the space that is on the extreme edges – the space under the eaves.

A carpenter or wardrobe fitter would be able to turn your eaves space into cupboards, drawers and storage space, giving you back the loft space to use for other things.

The eaves spaces can be be strangely shaped, therefore standard kitchen doors and units are unlikely to work, but by choosing a bespoke cupboard system you can have something truly useful and great looking.

storage solutions for small houses

With a little ingenuity it is possible to make the most of your ceiling and upper walls and still have easy access. Ladders, pulleys and even extending grabbers can make the job extremely easy!

Storage Solution No.4: Think Vertical

Most of us fail to look up when we are thinking about storage. We open cupboards, build shelves and try to put more into the spaces that already exist. However the majority of space in the room is underused – the space above our heads.

There are many ways you can have vertical storage space including floor to ceiling bookshelves and built in cupboards, hanging frames in the kitchen for pots and pans and utensils, strung netting to hold children’s toys in their bedrooms and shelves in the space above door frames.

With a little ingenuity it is possible to make the most of your ceiling and upper walls and still have easy access. Ladders, pulleys and even extending grabbers can make the job extremely easy.

Storage Solution No.5: Floor Cupboards

When you have finished looking up, you can start looking down. There is a surprising amount of space beneath our feet and much of it is a dusty expanse of little more than random pipework and joists. But it is the space between those joists than can be used to better effect.

Floor cupboards are relatively common to be used as wine cellars. The spaces in the floor are usually cold as they are near to the earth and heat rises, keeping the area cool.

The space is lined with a waterproof material such as metal and the floor section fashioned into a trap door to allow easy access. These spaces can be used to store anything, but if hidden under a rug, they make an excellent hiding place for valuables.

storage solutions for small houses

You can configure your interior space in any way you want. The items you need to make this work can be bought at most DIY stores and are even able to be fitted as part of a DIY job!

Storage Solution No.6: Under Beds

The space under your bed is probably not used to the fullest of its potential either. While you can buy a divan type bed that have drawers or space beneath for storage, many of us have normal beds with space under that just gathers dust.

There all kinds of ways you can create usable storage under your bed. Under bed drawers are the easiest and they come in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit your needs. They usually sit on casters and can easily slide in and out to allow you to store clothing, bedding and more.

It is important that underbed storage comes on wheels as you want to be able to slide it all the way under to really get the maximum use of the space.

Storage Solution No.7: Fitted Wardrobes

You may already have a wardrobe in your home that takes up an entire wall. If you were to look in it now, how much fresh air would you see? How many areas of the wardrobe are empty, simply due to a lack of hanging rails, drawers or shelving?

A fitted wardrobe is the perfect opportunity to create a space that works for all of your bedroom storage needs. These interior outfitted wardrobes can include drawers for jewellry, tie hangers, a cufflink and watch drawer, a long dresses hanging rail and a short shirts hanging rail.

You can configure your interior space in any way you want. The items you need to make this work can be bought at most DIY stores and are even able to be fitted as part of a DIY job.

So if you live in a small, compact and bijou home, there are many ways that you can make the best use of the space you do have and yet ensure that you don’t lose any extra space to storage solutions.

From drawers in your stairs, to shelves above your head – think laterally and the ideas will start to flow. Need any extra advice? Our interior design experts are on hand to help-simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get in touch with our team today!