When clients first come to Base to start the process of designing their new home, storage is not usually on their radar. It’s not quite as exciting as planning the new pool, landscaped backyard or outdoor room., but we believe that storage is a fundamental part of the design brief, and encompasses so much more than the standard bedroom robes. We could all use more storage in every room of the house, and it can make a significant contribution to the functionality and comfort of your home. Here are some tips from Natalie, Base’s Senior Interior Designer on how to achieve effective storage when planning your new home:
Firstly, think about what items you are generally carrying when you return home each day — handbags, school bags, soccer boots, gym bags, umbrellas — having a storage room, space or cupboard for bags, hats and shoes immediately adjacent to the entry is a great way to prevent the kitchen from being everyone’s dumping ground.
The way spaces in a house are used has evolved over time, and the kitchen is now much more than just a place where food is prepared. It is the technology hub, homework table, filing area, gadget charging station and social hub. iPads and laptops now require space on the kitchen bench as they take over the role of recipe books and enable multi-tasking whilst preparing dinner. For a greater number of clients, we have been designing this particular space into the kitchen with specifically designed joinery, or a larger butler’s pantry to incorporate technology components, and other commonly used items/gadgets, such as printers, laptops and pin boards.
A great way to save space in robe areas is to remove the cupboard doors and use open storage. This reduces the circulation space required, enables natural ventilation of shoes and clothes, and increases visibility. Custom designed joinery will also optimize on the storage space and eliminate wasted “air space”.
Common storage items such as filing cabinets, whilst handy, may not be something you want on display. They can be easily integrated into the joinery of kitchen, living and study spaces with complementary finishes.