In 2014, there was 2.63 billion square feet of rentable self-storage space in the US, which amounts to 8.32 square feet of storage space for every man, woman and child in the US. While the size of the average American house has almost doubled to 2,300 square feet over the last 50 years, we still seem to feel we have a crisis of space. In reality, our homes have a vast amount of space – including storage space – which we may simply not be utilizing as well as we can. Here are five great furniture ideas that will help you maximize storage while still creating maximum space.
1. TV Stands
With sleek, modern, flat screen TV’s have come sleek, modern TV stands that still take up the same amount of space, but offer little to no storage. While giant entertainment centers of old don’t offer the kind of space needed for today’s oversized screens, there are still a number of ways to incorporate storage into your TV stand. Repurposing an old dresser, is one great way to create your own TV stand, or if you really want to go all out, Ikea has a wide variety of complete wall units that create vast amounts of storage around your television.
2. Ottomans and Coffee Tables
Ottomans and coffee tables are both furniture items that can be used in a wide variety of ways for both storage and additional space. Ottomans with a hinged lid offer great storage inside but then can be used as additional seating when you have guests. You can even combine the two and purchase an ottoman coffee table that combines storage with a great place to put your feet up!
3. Platform Beds
While under-bed storage is nothing new, platform beds can take it to a whole new level. With a wide variety of mattresses that no longer need box springs, that frees up an additional foot or more in height of storage space under your bed. Without a box spring, you can actually repurpose an entire bookshelf to slide right under your bed, providing loads of useable storage space.
4. Don’t Forget the Garage!
Garages have always been a primary storage area for everything from cars to lawnmowers to canoes to holiday decorations. With our growing obsession with space, however – both storage and otherwise – garages are quickly taking on a wide variety of roles ranging from man caves to small apartments. Garages are a great place to use clever storage ideas such as custom cabinetry or wall mounts for items like bikes, skis or snowboards and even canoes, to create both extra living and storage space in your garage.
5. Pull out Beds
Pull out beds – or wall beds – became famous in the 70’s in New York apartments the size of shoeboxes. Now they have become popular in tiny homes and are gaining popularity in even regular sized homes. Pull out beds are great for people that want a guest room, but don’t have guests often enough to want to devote an entire room of their home for them year-round. Pullout or wall beds can be placed in a play-room and used for naps or sleepovers or in a home office that can still be used during the day as an office – even when you have guests over.
In the last decade, people have been creating additional space in their home by moving many of their belongings into storage units. But renting additional storage space can be expensive, not to mention time consuming when you have to drive somewhere every time you have to pull something out of or put something back in your storage unit. Instead, you can create a vast amount of additional storage in your home by simply doubling up your furniture with storage space.
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