No one has ever said they have too much storage space. When it comes to adding storage to your home think about your lifestyle and which areas in your home collect clutter. Do you have a large family where every day is laundry day? Are you into baking but can’t find the room for your newest mini cupcake pan? Are you constantly on the go and find piles of stuff by your entry way?
Wherever you find yourself needing more space, built-in cabinet storage is a great solution to your crowding problem. We’re seeing more and more built-in storage throughout the house giving you not only a design that looks spectacular but a functional space that gives you a permanent storage option.
With milder winters, most Texas homes don’t have a mudroom but if you’re lucky enough to have a designated spot to throw your jackets and shoes, having plenty of storage in your mudroom is a no brainer. Build a bench you can easily put on shoes, add hooks and cubbies for both frequently and less used jackets and shelves for winter hats or other outdoor clothes.
You can still have built-in cabinet storage in your entry way if you don’t have a mudroom. You might have to scale it back a touch but any entry way would look and function better with a place to hide shoes, bags, coats and other outdoor gear.
With the right built-in cabinet storage you can better utilize your laundry space and make laundry day a breeze. Ironing boards can easily be tucked away or built-in to a cabinet. You can incorporate a folding station and have large bottom storage for heavy detergents or hampers. If there is little room to hang clothes, we’ve seen hanging racks pull out from the wall that fit many clothes in a small footprint. A little reconfiguration and ingenuity can make a big difference in your laundry room!
Gift Wrapping Stations
Gift bags, ribbons, wrapping paper and bows are normally stuffed in a closet, guest room or laundry room but if you’re a gifter who is annoyed by the clutter or disorganization around holidays and birthdays you should dedicate built-in storage for gift wrapping. A guest room is a perfect spot for a gift wrapping station. A large flat surface with plenty of elongated drawers for gift wrap does the trick.
One of the most important spaces in your home for storage is your kitchen. Maximizing your storage with cabinet organizers is a must but if you’re more of a baker you might want to consider a baking station. You can integrate a baking station within your counter space, as a stand-alone cabinet or at the end of an island. Consider the height of your countertop, most people will find a slightly lower counter is easier for rolling out dough. Of course, you’ll want a spot to store your stand mixer and consider a deep, full extension drawer for dry ingredients. To give you easy access to your cookie sheets and muffin pans you should have a cabinet outfitted for vertical storage.
Another possibility for the kitchen or entry way is to add a charging station. If electronics, mail, keys and chargers tend to collect in your kitchen or another place in your home, a charging station might be right for you. You can integrate power outlets inside your cabinets or drawers giving you easy access to a charge without the clutter of wires on your counter.
You can also use this space to sort your keys on hidden hooks. Make sure to label the hooks so you can tell the difference between your mailbox key, fence key and shed key. You can also incorporate mail slots, a calendar and/ or a whiteboard.
For the Pets
If you have a four legged member of the family, you can incorporate them into your home design. One of the more popular options gaining traction is a feeding station. Whether you create a nook in the kitchen island or have a drawer in the laundry room, a feeding station keeps your space tidy and you’ll no longer trip into a water bowl.
We’ve also seen more creative options like a built-in dog kennel or a hidden litter box. Less used spaces like under the stairs or in an entertainment center are perfect spots to get creative with!