I recently shared on social media the top 10 home buying trends you need to be aware of.
Even if you're not planning on selling your home anytime soon, many homeowners are still looking to add many of these features to their homes.
Today, I want to talk a little bit about ample storage. I can't ever think of a time where you're looking at potential homes to buy, walking into one, and saying to yourself, "I can't possibly buy this home. It has WAY too much storage!"
Our lives are typically filled with the exact opposite. We're looking for more storage. This can especially be tricky in smaller homes or older homes. I live in a 1980s split-level and I know I could easily use another closet or a built-in.
Now, I could easily say to myself and say to you, dear reader, "Well, then why don't you ADD another closet or create a built-in?" To that I say...
If you've been a follower of Friar Tuck Home for a while, then you know I've got my hands full with home renovations. If you're new to Friar Tuck Home, welcome! You can get up to speed with what's been happening with my home in this blog post.
Needless to say, the last thing I want to do is tack on any more home renovation projects.
So, I've decided to compile some of my favorite storage solutions - many of them I currently use in my own home.
First up is the KALLAX shelving unit. The beauty of this piece is its versatility and range of sizes based on your needs. You can get a smaller unit that's 2x2, all the way up to the size pictured here - which would be great not only against a wall, but as a room divider for a smaller space.
I have the 2x4 version in white and I've used it both straight up, or lying lengthwise. Plus, you can utilize a variety of bins and baskets for storage with this unit. I've used wicker baskets and cloth bins and they've both worked beautifully.
I'm not lying when I say I've had mine for 12+ years and purchased it back when it was an EXPEDIT.
Yup. Here it is circa 2009 in Mini Me's nursery!
And, it's still in Mini Me's room!
If you don't happen to have an IKEA near you, there are storage units similar to this one at your local Target or WalMart.
Next, we've got the RASKOG utility cart. This piece is sooooo versatile! You can use it in your shed to store gardening tools, use it as a bar cart, have it house your plants if you're a plant lady - you name it! Right now, ours functions as a schoolwork/art supply station for Mini Me on his remote learning days.
Again, if you don't have an IKEA near you, check out your local Michael's. I've seen similar rolling carts there.
Trunk-Style Coffee Table with LOTS of Storage!
One of my favorite pieces of furniture in my entire home is my coffee table. I splurged for it at Pier 1 before we moved to New Hampshire 6 years ago.
I love that I'm able to store lots of puzzles and games inside. While this particular coffee table is no longer for sale, here are some alternatives.
And finally, we have the BEKVAM spice rack. When trying to incorporate additional storage, this small but mighty spice rack packs a punch!
Of course you can use it for its intended use in your kitchen. But, they also make great bookshelves for little ones.
Once again, if an IKEA trip isn't in the cards, similar options are sold on Amazon like these:
There you have it - some of my favorite storage solutions! Are there any creative solutions in your home that you love? Let me know!
Until next time... Happy Designing!
- Angela :)