Solving Storage Problems in a Small Space
Whether you’ve just rented a one-bedroom walk-up or you’re trying to set up your new commercial space, a common problem is storage. Companies like Gladiator garage systems have come up with some innovative ways to solve storage issues that can also be used in the home or office.
Review Your Space With an Eye Toward Storage
There are plenty of places that are overlooked for possible storage. Start at your front door and really survey your space for nooks that can be repurposed. Think under-stair shelving, wheeled bins or rolling drawers for under the bed and ceiling racks for pots and pans in a kitchenette. Don’t overlook the possibilities of the space above the refrigerator and above or below cabinets.
Purchase Storage Solutions That Can Do Double Duty
Manufacturers are coming up with creative ways to solve the problem of cramped quarters in the dwellings. One company crafted a small, wall-mounted mail shelf for beside the front door that also has a rack underneath for hanging a bicycle out of the way. It doesn’t look like hardware, either, with its smooth, mahogany finish and brass hardware. The design concept of a Murphy bed, which is a former mainstay of cold-water flats in NYC, has expanded to include tables and sofas.
Carve Out Your Own Storage or Dedicated Space
A recessed niche or unused closet can be converted into a home office space or study area at very low cost, and with very little work. You can remove the door completely and push a garage workbench against the back to create a desk. A wooden bench of the same width can be set on top to create shelving. If you need privacy or to hide the space when it’s not in use, a tension rod and curtain can be place at the entrance.
Life in the City can be cramped for many reasons. Downsizing your life, starting a new business or going off to college are all times when storage might be a challenge. You can manage it with flair without having to toss valued possessions.