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Hidden Tints study by Note Design Studio

Versatile functionality meets integrated accessibility and breath-taking design in 10 storage solutions you need to know now

Floating Storage

This minimalist style works brilliantly in compact rooms as it feels less bulky and frees up precious floor space, creating the illusion of openness. For a contemporary, cohesive aesthetic, match the hue of your floating cabinets to your walls or surfaces.

Transparent Storage

As well as providing ease of access and encouraging orderliness, glass-fronted wardrobes, armoires and chests of drawers can double up as eye-catching display cases for your essentials.

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(from left) cabinet Aura cabinet in curved glass by Patrick Jouin for Fiam Italia from R120 000, Casarredo; unit bulthaup b Solitaire glass unit POR, bulthaup

Repurposed Storage

Mixing the old with the new is huge right now, making heirloom furniture a popular choice for storage and a good way to incorporate inherited antiques into your interiors. Give new purpose to filing cabinets, roll-down desks, bookcases and kists for a lived-in aesthetic with personal vintage appeal.

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Chest of Drawers: Jeremy Tallboy chest of drawers R9 995, Block & Chisel

Built-in Storage

Flush-fitting and functional, built-in storage can be used to define and divide a room, create free-standing sections and new levels, frame a window and view, or demarcate zones in an open-plan area. Place drawers under the bed or in a raised platform and stairs, install floor-to-ceiling cupboards and invest in multi-functional benches for your veranda that can store outdoor accessories.

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Image: Michael Lostutov

Custom Storage

Make use of dead spaces like narrow entrance halls and under the stairs with custom-made pieces that fit seamlessly into your home.

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Chateau de la Resle in Montigny la Resle, France

Statement Storage

From drinks cabinets and servers to dressers and shelving units, there’s a plethora of specialised options that are as visually pleasing as they are practical.

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19th-century Northern European walnut side cabinet R18 800, The Crown Collection; shelving Dojo shelving unit by Marcel Wanders from R127 520, Roche Bobois; Sarah server R46 000, Anatomy Design;

Open Storage

Exposed wardrobes, freestanding clothes rails and sleek wall hooks are a simple solution for a room that doesn’t come with fitted cupboards or is lacking in storage space.

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Form Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Decorative Storage

Basic baskets and cardboard boxes have been replaced with collectable offerings by designers and artisans alike.

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(from left) containers Lid-stacked containers by Tom Dixon R1 720 for set of three, CRÉMA; containers Palace Palazzina
porcelain containers by Alessandro Zambelli for Seletti R2 416 for set of three, Generation; box Geometric wooden inlay box R1 720, Cécile & Boyd

Mobile Storage

If a room feels cramped when guests visit, place furniture like side- and coffee tables and kitchen islands on castors so that they can be wheeled out of the way when needed.

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Hidden Tints desk detail by Note Design Studio

Inset Storage

When storage is an afterthought, it can make an interior seem cluttered. Instead, build it into your design by creating alcoves and recessed shelves that take up minimal room, yet provide maximum effect and use.

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Image: Ricard Romain

Text: Karen Tennent, Compiled by Sanri Pienaar and Assistant: Pieter von Wielligh

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