April 6, 2011
Clever Storage Solutions
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
1 Don't have enough towel bars in your bathroom? Mount additional ones to the back of a solid core door.
2 A Shaker peg rail is also good for holding multiple towels in a bathroom.
3 Space above a door or window often goes to waste. Mount a shelf above it and store extra toiletries in the bathroom or seldom used equipment or supplies in the kitchen.
4 Narrow shelving installed along a stairway, like one leading to the basement, is perfect for storing cleaning products, trash bags, or other non-perishable goods.
5 A flip top storage bench in an entryway or mudroom is the perfect place for storing pet food and supplies plus it give you a place to sit when putting on and taking off shoes.
6 I love the baskets and towel bar mounted to the cabinet doors under my sink. They keep everything neat and concealed and within easy reach.
7 I did the same on the doors to my laundry closet. An assortment of hooks keeps cleaning tools organized.
8 This is another storage trick I love. Utilize the wasted space behind a cabinet toe kick by building in drawers. Bob Tobin, my contractor, from BC Interiors, Ltd., built this one in my kitchen for a small step stool.
9 Underbed storage boxes are a great idea. These were made from old dresser drawers. Just add a set of four casters to each drawer, fill them up and then slide them under the bed.
10 You can also build custom sized boxes and attach casters, drawer pulls and some fabric using a snap kit, to create underbed drawers with dust covers.
11 Shelf brackets mounted to the tops of shelves in clothes or linen closets make perfect dividers for keeping stacks straight.
12 Curtain tensions rods fitted in between shelves in a pantry create vertical storage for platters, trays and cutting boards.
13 To quickly see what's inside a canvas garment bag, tie tags with cut out windows around the hook of the hanger, then slide in a digital image of the garment stored inside.
For my Home Design radio show this afternoon on Sirius channel 112 and XM channel 157, I thought it would be fun to talk about some clever storage solutions around the home.
In case you missed today's show or just wanted to learn more, here are 10 great ideas for finding some hidden storage space you probably didn't even know you had, along with some smart tips for maximizing space and finding items easily.
My radio show airs live every Wednesday at 4pm EST and is rebroadcast throughout the week. Check out the radio schedule for additional air times. I love to answer listener's questions so please call in during the show.
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