Versatile functionality meets integrated accessibility and breath-taking design in 10 storage solutions you need to know now
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make use of dead spaces like narrow entrance halls and under the stairs with custom-made pieces that fit seamlessly into your home.
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.
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.
Basic baskets and cardboard boxes have been replaced with collectable offerings by designers and artisans alike.
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.
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.
Text: Karen Tennent, Compiled by Sanri Pienaar and Assistant: Pieter von Wielligh
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