We all have a vision of how our lounge should look, but all too often this doesn’t match with the reality. This is most probably because, no matter how much you tidy, there is always too much stuff on display. These tips for creating extra storage space in your living area, should have it looking magazine-photo-shoot ready in moments.
Make Your Chairs Work Harder
If you’re about to invest in a new sofa or armchairs opt for ones that also provide additional storage space. Sofas don’t just double up as beds anymore. Many open up to reveal a cavernous storage area within. This is ideal for bulky items such as board games, photo albums and games console accessories. Some sofas also come with innocuous pockets on the sides of their arms where you can slip remote controls and ereaders.
Choose a Coffee Table That Holds More Than Coffee
Look for a coffee table with ample space on top where you can perch a tray of tea things, and a mix of hidden and open storage beneath. You can stack neat piles of magazines or coffee-table books in the open display area, whilst the hidden section could conceal laptops, paperwork and tapestry projects.
Go Bespoke Where Possible
If you own your own home and want to make the most of every inch of it you will maximise its storage space by commissioning bespoke, built-in pieces of furniture where you can. This means that you can take storage units right up to the ceiling, for example, and into awkward spaces.
Measure Before Buying Off The Shelf
If you buy off-the-shelf furniture, make sure that you have measured your room very carefully before buying, you don’t want it to arrive only to discover that it won’t fit, or that you could have actually got the large bookshelves and are left with a load of wasted space. Don’t just measure the room either, measure the doorway to make sure the pieces will be able to get through. Most furniture movers have stories of having to take stuff back to the showroom, because they can’t get it into the house.
Get Shelves in Where You Can
Whether you buy bespoke or off the shelf, there are lots of items you keep in your lounge that are rather lovely and you want to admire, a beautiful glass vase, frames of photos and little ornaments, for example. So, make sure that you have enough shelves to show all of these off on and make use of windowsills and mantelpieces too, these are all valuable storage areas.
Make Sure There is Cupboard Space as Well
If you include concealed cupboard space when designing your living room, you should have plenty of room to hide all that clutter that you don’t want to see. Filing, CDs, DVD and cameras can all be hidden away in these.
Your lounge room is probably storing a whole host of things that you don’t need to have in physical form any more: books, CDs, records and DVDs. These can all be stored on e-readers and entertainment systems now. So, if you’re really stuck for space, you might want to think about going virtual, it could free up a large section of your lounge!
Group together a few neat, lidded storage baskets or boxes to hide away other random items that you are running out of storage space for - the children’s and pets’ toys, scrapbooks and balls of wool, for example.
If your sofas or furniture units are raised up on legs, you may be able to sneak a few items in the space between the furniture and the floor. Just make sure that it’s pushed back far enough so that it can’t be seen by visitors.