If there’s one thing any home could always use more of, it’s storage space. Especially these days with so many open-concept designs and minimalist looks that feature clean lines and lots of space. That’s why so many homeowners are looking for functional and organized design when renovating their living spaces.
It’s safe to say Kortney and Kenny understood that assignment in the latest season of Making It Home. If you need some storage inspiration for your own home or reno, read on for 10 of their best storage ideas, from bathrooms to dens and every room in between.
Create Built-In Storage in the Living Room
The living room is a place that naturally picks up clutter, because it’s where we relax and hang out. Blankets, media items and even decorative items need a place to go, which is why having built-ins is a great idea. You can easily store and display many items on these shelves while helping to create an impressive feature wall, transforming your living room into a clean, organized and cozy space.
Extend Cabinets in the Kitchen
So many kitchen cabinets stop before the ceiling, leading to dead, unused space. See how Kortney and Kenny extend the cabinetry in this design with these smaller cabinets above? It’s a clean and practical way to store items you don’t necessarily use every day, from punch bowls to fancy dishes.
Use Islands With Storage
Even small kitchens feature islands these days, since they add extra prep space, a seating area and additional storage capabilities. Even if you have a small or moveable kitchen island, ensure there is plenty of room within for large or awkward items, like Instant Pots, air fryers and more.
Use Extra Cupboard Space for a Wine or Coffee Station
Having somewhere to serve guests drinks or hot cups of tea and coffee is a nice luxury to have in the kitchen, but it isn’t always practical to add to a tight design. Here, Kortney proved it is possible, though. This pretty cupboard cut-out includes wine storage and a serving station for entertainers who have limited space but endless hosting ambitions.
Create A Desk Nook Between Bookshelves
If you’re looking to up your office organization or even create an office in a shared room, take a page from this design. Here, Kortney created a small nook with organizing baskets underneath, but you could just as easily swap in a desk where the console table is. Meanwhile, the wallpaper behind the shelves adds an interesting layer to the look, without it feeling cluttered or cramped.
Add Floating Shelves to Awkward Walls
This laundry room is definitely an awkward shape, but Kortney and Kenny made the most of it with lots of easy storage solutions. There are plenty of cabinets to tuck things away in and shelves for folding and hanging. But our favourite part is the floating shelves, which always add practical décor even in the most weirdly shaped spaces.
Create Hidden Storage
In this unique design, the homeowners wanted to hide their closets. Enter this gorgeous mudroom, which features tons of shelves, a bench, and closets that are actually hidden within the walls. It’s a cool way to tuck things out of sight in an entryway or mudroom without sacrificing overall design.
Install a Vanity With Plenty of Storage
There are tons of vanities out there to choose from, but as Kortney and Kenny proved with this design, vanities with lots of drawers and cupboards underneath add practical and pretty storage potential. While this double vanity boasts tons of storage, single vanities with multiple drawers are equally useful for hiding bathroom items when not in use.
Build Storage Into Your Bathroom Tiles
Standalone showers are a great way to maximize small bathroom space, but they can be awkward when it comes to stashing and organizing your toiletries. If you’re retiling the shower, however, consider adding built-in storage for soap, shampoo and razors. It will keep items off the floor and it looks cleaner than some of those hanging organizer solutions.
Add a Storage Cart to the Bedroom
This hack works just as well in a guest or primary bedroom, but we love it for a kid’s bedroom most. Add a rolling cart to help store random art supplies, toys, collections, towels, or books, keeping things neat and organized in a simple way. It’s not as permanent or large as an extra dresser or night table, which means it can also adapt and move with kids as they age.