Vertical Storage Solutions

by Keith Evans 04/14/2019

Many homes, new and old, do not have a ton of storage. More modern open floor plan spaces leave a great blank canvas for you to work with, but require you to bring in your own shelving, hutch, dressers, etc. If you're looking for additional storage options in your home and are either working with a smaller space, or desire to keep your area open and free of heavy furniture, consider what vertical storage solutions might work for your home.

Shelving

Take a look at your space and think about what shelving additions might help you. Installing a shelf up high around the ceiling of a room might give you great space for displaying home décor and knick-knacks without cluttering up coffee tables and nightstands. A narrow floor-to-ceiling bookshelf creates a ton of space in an office or living room without taking away your floor space.

Built-in Furniture Storage

When purchasing new furniture pieces for your home look for opportunities to use these pieces as storage solutions. A bed with drawers underneath or built-in headboard shelving and coffee tables with shelves, drawers or hidden compartments are easy to find in different styles and prices. Hollow ottomans are wonderful for housing blankets and other linens. Try office solutions with desks that mount on the wall and have built-in drawers and shelving. 

Hooks

Hooks are affordable, easy to install and can be used in a variety of places throughout your home to create storage. If you are dealing with a small closet or don't have a coat closet in your entryway, you can install hooks on the back of your closet or bedroom door. Try installing hooks or a combination shelf with hooks piece in your entryway or your bedroom for coats and purses. Small hooks placed on a wall or attached to a decorative board can replace the need for a vanity or large jewelry armoire. Use a combination of hooks and nails to hang all your tools and reduce space (and cost) used by a large toolbox.

Not all solutions are beautiful and fit seamlessly with your décor, but if you're in a pinch, there are some quick and affordable things you can do. Hang a plastic shoe-rack on your closet or bedroom door. Hang towel and bath-robe hooks on the back of your bathroom door. Install basic wire racks and drawers in your laundry room, above your machines, to use the vertical space instead of using floor bins and baskets. Whatever your space there is an upright storage solution for you, from pre-fab pieces you can buy to DIY solutions you can put together next weekend. 

 If you're starting your home search and built-in storage is a feature you'd like, speak with your real estate professional before you start house hunting. Work together to find a home with the features you desire, or to find a space that allows for seemingly built-in storage solutions to add before you move in.

About the Author

Author
Keith Evans
Professional Specialty Keith is a full-time senior-level real estate professional since 1998. He has been involved in buying, wholesaling, renting, developing and selling thousands of properties throughout Connecticut. Keith is a Luxury Property specialist and is also proficient in distressed/REO/short sale properties and leads a team of talented real estate agents that provide consultative services to clients. Areas Covered Fairfield & Litchfield Counties Professional Association National Association of Realtors Connecticut Association of Realtors SMART Multiple Listing Service Experience Full-time Real Estate Broker Owner/Operator - CEO of a Major Real Estate Company Managing Director Spencer Trask & Co. Vice President Sales Realtor.com IBM, Dun & Bradstreet and GE Held Board Seats at 2 publicly traded companies, Corporate Secretary Personal Skilled Negotiator Excellent Communicator Client Focused Strong Work Ethic Education Western Connecticut State University, B.A., Economics/Marketing GE Financial Management Program Licensed Connecticut Real Estate Broker Various Leadership Training at : GE, D&B, IBM, KWRI and William Raveis