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How to Sneak Storage into your Home Design

In most home designs, storage is an afterthought. We spend weeks picking out paint colors, wait months for the right furniture, and then realize we didn't work organization into our plan. The result: Belongings get shoved into cabinets and stuffed into closets, sometimes never to be seen again. But fear not, there are ways to sneak customizable storage into your home's décor without sacrificing style.

Hidden Possibilities Under the Stairs

One of the most overlooked spaces in a home is the area under the stairs. This void space is often wasted, but it can be transformed into a useful area with the right design. Consider turning this area into a desk, wine room, pet area, kid's play area, or hidden storage with drawers, shelves, or a hanging rod. Another option is to install custom-built bookshelves for added storage and style.

Tucked by Your Toes

The toe kick, the space between the bottom of the cabinet and the floor, can also be utilized for storage. This is a great place to add drawers for additional storage or even a step stool for those hard-to-reach places.

Special Storage Nooks

In the kitchen, a nook bench or an entry bench can be designed to include storage. This not only adds functionality but also serves as a stylish focal point for the room. Cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room can also be designed with specialty storage or racks, especially at the ends of cabinets or narrow cabinets. This is a great way to organize your space and keep things easily accessible.

Beautiful Built-in Bookshelves

Open or closed built-in bookshelves are another great way to add storage in your home. These can be installed in extra spaces, such as a TV area, kids' play area, or hallway, to create a functional and stylish storage solution. Pretty baskets or bins can also be used for anything else that you want put away but easily accessible.

Overall, storage doesn't have to be an afterthought in your home design. With an intentional design, storage can be seamlessly integrated into your décor, creating a functional and stylish space. So, don't let clutter take over your home. Get creative with your storage solutions and enjoy a clutter-free, organized home.

~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!

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