When looking to create storage space it's imperative to do so without impeding the room's most important functions. For example, while open-concept kitchens are particularly popular, they often have a lack of cabinetry, so including features such as larger islands and countertops with storage space or shelving will compensate for this. Moveable trolleys or islands allow for extra serving or workspace as required.
Within living areas, sofas, ottomans or stools with concealed storage come in handy for stowing away throws and cushions, similarly beds with built-in drawers provide a place for anything from spare bedding to suitcases.
Get in the zone
A well-placed piece of furniture can help to divide the different functions of an open living space into sections. Using a sleek shelving unit as a sectional piece of furniture provides an opportunity to zone off parts of a room as well as creating extra storage space for books, magazines and DVDs. Likewise, sideboards or antique-style hutches can effectively separate a dining area from a living area.
When considering storage options within a room it's important to think vertically to ensure that all available space from floor to ceiling is capitalised on. Adding cupboards to spaces under stairs or above vanities and wardrobes can significantly increase the amount of storage space in a room while sliding racks make hard-to-reach corner cupboards or cabinets more accessible.
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