Sometimes, no matter how customized and organized your closet space is, there just isn’t enough of it. If this sounds like you, here are a few DIY solutions to add storage space to your home or office.
DIY Storage Solutions
The Storage Bench or Chest
Accent furniture can double as storage, either at home or in your office. A chest or bench at the foot of your bed can be used to store linens or line up IKEA cabinets under the window to create a DIY window seat with storage capabilities. At the office, a chest can be turned into ample space for vertical files and dressed up with flowers and magazines to make it appear as an accent piece.
The DIY Kitchen Island
Lack of storage space is especially a concern in the kitchen. Many companies, such as IKEA, produce attractive, cart-style islands, but you can also come up with a cool, DIY version with a little creativity and paint. Line up short bookcases or position them back-to-back for an island that provides plenty of storage space for cookbooks and pantry overflow. Or if you’d prefer drawer space, a large vintage lowboy dresser or buffet can be turned into an island with extra space for kitchen linens and cooking equipment.
Shelving for the Basement and Garage
Storage totes and boxes are much easier to manage when clearly labeled and easy to get to, even when they’re on the bottom. Shelving in storage areas such as the basement and garage are especially useful for this, as they keep everything accessible without having to dismantle the whole stack in order to get to what you need.
There is a variety of shelving available, from inexpensive plastic shelving to sturdy metal wire shelving. Another option is to build the shelves yourself using cinder blocks and planks of wood. As a bonus, these DIY shelves are totally customizable and can be torn down and rebuilt at any time to suit your changing needs.
Creative Overhead Storage
If you have a garage with open rafters overhead, think of that as unrealized storage space. Overhead storage is perfect for things you don’t need to access frequently.
Many companies sell and install suspended overhead storage systems, many of which can hold quite a bit. If you’re pretty handy, there are also many DIY tutorials online, showing you how to set up various kinds of overhead storage in your garage. These range from creating brackets to hold storage bins above your head, to suspending a daybed or trundle bed deck up above and using it to store off-season sports equipment.
Need More Storage Solutions?
Sometimes, no matter how creative you are, there just isn’t any more space. If you’ve exhausted all potential hacks and it still isn’t enough, contact Tri-City Self Storage. We’re happy to help you find the right solution for your budget and needs.
This blog originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/diy-storage-solutions-home-office/.