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Smart Storage Solutions: How to Maximise the Space in Your Home

Learn how to master the art of storage so everything has a stylish place to call home.

Malmbaeck Display Shelf, IKEA
Malmbaeck Display Shelf, IKEA

Storage is a given in any home, no matter whether it’s a generously proportioned dwelling or an urban-chic apartment. To instil a serene sense of order to your home retreat in an increasingly chaotic world, everything at your place should have its own spot to be stowed away, hidden or even put on show. Following are the five storage solutions you need in your life and home – we give you the tips and tricks to make them work for you and your lifestyle for truly smart home storage solutions. The ultimate storage hack though? To use all five of these storage solutions in perfect harmony.

Cubic 5 Tier Shelf, Trit House
Cubic 5 Tier Shelf, Trit House
Smart Storage Solutions: Shelving

Whether you go with wall shelves or an open storage unit, this is a foundation storage solution to have in your place. Shelving is incredibly versatile, suitable for any space and available in pretty much any size. And having a designated spot to store away all manner of things will force you to curate and cull to what you need.

Mosslanda Picture Ledge, IKEA
Mosslanda Picture Ledge, IKEA

Floating wall shelves work brilliantly in living areas, hallways and bedrooms, providing a spot for a sweet style or artistic moment, as well as for books, photographs and other mementos. A storage unit even has the added advantage of acting as a room divider in an open-plan living/dining zone if needed or serve as a library in a study or kids’ room. Try IKEA, Freedom and Trit House for a varied selection of organisational winners to suit any budget or style.

Rattan Onion Basket Duo Baskets, Olli Ella
Rattan Onion Basket Duo Baskets, Olli Ella
Smart Storage Solutions: Boxes & Baskets

The key storage essential to understand is that no storage solution works in isolation. To make the most of your shelving solution of choice, add boxes or baskets to smartly conceal chaos while also making a style statement. Kids toys, documents, even dinner-party crockery can all be stowed in a basket or box, lidded or not. Some of our favourite feature boxes and baskets include Hay’s vibrant Colour Crates, Olli Ella’s incredible collection of woven baskets in all manner of shapes and sizes and Pan After’s sculptural artisanal baskets.   

Terrazzo Round Tray in Black Seashell, ZAKKIA
Terrazzo Round Tray in Black Seashell, ZAKKIA
Smart Storage Solutions: Trays

An oft-overlooked storage player is the humble tray. A tray will allow you to neatly collate all manner of paraphernalia into one zone. A marble or terrazzo number can be home to your morning and nighttime routine essentials, or offer a chic woven option could serve as an alternative to a herb and spice rack in the kitchen, or a shapely, colourful storage dish can even be home to your keys, phone chargers and bills straight from the letterbox atop a console at the front door. Try the Scandi-chic range from Designstuff, Zakkia’s handmade stone-inspired selection or Papaya’s woven variety, including this Cali woven tray.

Odessa Low Console, Coco Republic
Odessa Low Console, Coco Republic
Smart Storage Solutions: Display Options

You’ll often read about concealing and hiding things when it comes to storage and sure, there are some appliances and necessities that should be stowed away. But there are also accessories, books, details and collections that make a house a home and displaying these on coffee tables, side tables, bedsides and atop sideboards and consoles is a way to make storage incredibly chic.

RJ Living
RJ Living

Coffee tables, side tables and bedsides should have enough space to comfortably feature a few treasured tomes, a carafe, candle, vase or tray. Sideboards and consoles are brilliant organisational options offering both open and closed-off storage so there’s exhibition space to create a style vignette and hard-working space for other bits and pieces. Some of the best spots to find these display storage options include RJ Living, Temple & Webster and Coco Republic.  

Coco Republic
Coco Republic
Smart Storage Solutions: Built-in & Bespoke

The undisputed gold standard in the smart storage solution stakes is built-in, bespoke designs. Custom study nooks with streamlined desk and storage, banquette seating with storage underneath in the dining area, pantry cupboards and integrated cabinetry in the kitchen and bed frames and built-in wardrobes with built-in storage – these elements are more permanent but will undoubtedly improve your life by making it incredibly easy to keep the clutter at bay.

Smart storage solutions at home are a no-brainer must in successful home design. From shelving to sideboards, boxes and baskets to consoles and cupboards, this handy guide will help you maximise the storage capabilities of your place. For more ideas on how to make the most of living within a small space, read our articles on petite bathrooms and living zones.