Clever storage solutions

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Real Living magazine
Under the carpet: clever storage solutions

Storage, storage, storage — this is the eternal catch cry of the family home! It seems to be a constant battle to house the things we accumulate as we wander through life.

Moving is always one solution — you can get a bigger place and in the process, get rid of all those forgotten items you no longer need or use. But if you're staying put, what do you do?

Well, firstly, look at any spare space you have within the home and garden and we don’t mean in the obvious places. It could be in the roof space, or wall cavities that storage units could be built into, or it could be under your floor.

Many old homes are built slightly above the ground, or if the ground slopes, there may be quite a lot of space underneath that you don’t even realise exists. Adding a trapdoor in the floor, or possibly finding an external solution for access could be just what you need.

If you have an old house with original floors — you may already find a trapdoor. They were common ways to hide money and precious items (like a safe), as the boards were covered with a floor rug.

If you are building a new home, you may want to consider the foundations of the home and if you could accommodate storage into it before you build.

Be aware though if utilising space beneath your floor, there are height restrictions in certain cases, but it’s generally OK if for storage only. Check with your council first.

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