Create Extra Storage With Shelves
Let’s face it, we all need more storage in our homes. But, how do we find those extra spaces in our homes for all our “stuff”?
Quite simply, by making the most of every under-used area of our homes, transforming it into a useful spot for extra storage. Sounds simple, right? It is, if you fill those spaces with shelves.
One of the biggest advantages of floating shelves is that it fits into areas of your home where furniture and bookcases just won’t work. And, not only does it give you extra storage space (instant win!), you can also choose shelving that complements your room’s colour scheme, and style them with accessories that add to the design of your space.
So, here’s our top five places around your home where open shelving can add valuable storage space and transform an otherwise dull area into a useful and stylish area too.
That Awkward Corner
We all have one, that awkward corner of the room where, however hard you try, no piece of furniture is ever going to work! Well, floating shelves can make it work for you with floating shelves. Stack several shelves and suddenly you have open shelving with loads of storage space. Maybe it’s the corner of a kitchen and now you have pantry shelves! Or, in the space above the washing machine, and now it’s a utility area! Be creative, and transform that awkward corner into the most useful space in your home!
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Above The Sink
Kitchens don’t have to just be about functionality, inject some personality and fun into the room with a handy floating shelf. And placing the shelf above the kitchen sink makes use of a space that would normally be empty. Of course, you may be lucky enough to have your sink under a window, looking out onto rolling countryside or beautiful landscaped gardens. If you do, this one’s not for you. But if you’re a city-dweller or living in a bijoux home, this idea is just for you!
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In The Downstairs Toilet
The littlest room in your home, sometimes squeezed under the stairs, or into the space between the kitchen and the utility room. Wherever it is, that downstairs toilet often doubles as handy storage space. Perhaps you have coats on the back of the door, cleaning equipment under the sink. How about some handy floating shelves above the toilet itself? Somewhere to store spare hand towels, toilet rolls, and maybe a houseplant or two to make the space a bit less utilitarian.
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In Your Hallway
Hallways have to be the most difficult space in your home to get right. It needs to be welcoming for guests and clear of clutter, but also be able a space to store everything from handbags, shoes, coats, car keys, dog leads, and more. Narrow floating shelves create extra space to quickly place keys and post, without intruding into the space.
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In An Alcove
Alcove storage can be tricky. You want to make the most of the space, but you’ll be incredibly lucky if you find a piece of furniture which fits exactly. What’s the solution? Alcove shelving of course! Whether it’s either side of a fireplace to create space for your collection of books, to transform a corner of the room into a home office space, a media wall, or just a display area for photos and accessories.
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