The Best Built-In Storage Ideas

When you’re short of storage space, you need to look around and discover the possibilities. Because there are many “dead zones” in a home that with custom designed cabinets could be made into useful spaces. Dead zones are places where space isn’t properly used, but could be designed to be with the right contractor. Think about under your stairs to give an example. By installing shelves of descending heights, it would make a great bookcase and not take up any room otherwise being used. Or how about that little niche beside your fireplace? You can have shelves installed for extra storage or as display cabinets.

Also, areas below the windows are often ignored. By installing a custom-built cabinet under a window though, this takes dead space and makes it into something useful. So if the window is in a hallway outside the bathroom, the cabinet built can be used for storing the family’s linens and towels. If the window is off the dining room, the cabinet could be used to store china and good silverware. If you would decide not to put doors on the cabinet, it could be used for displaying treasured items.

Another idea is for a concealed workstation. The built-in area can be concealed by doors which blend into the décor of the room. Open the doors and you have a workstation with everything at your fingertips. Close the doors and you have a concealed area when not in use.

For a built-in pantry in your kitchen, here’s another idea in line with these ideas. Pick the area that you want to have built-in by the kitchen. It can be the end of a porch, a rarely used closet or a kitchen alcove. Have a qualified contractor then go over the ideas that you have thought about for your new pantry including shelves, cabinets and counters. Then have the design made. What’s nice too is that when it’s finally built, you can have doors on the front of it so that it blends into the wall while not taking up any kitchen floor room.

You can use dead space to make the most out of storage.

Cabinet Ideas for the Laundry Room

When you do laundry, there isn’t anything worse than a disorganized laundry room or laundry area. Because not having a place to hang clothes which are dry and need to stay wrinkle free; or need to air dry, can be frustrating. But by having custom built cabinets, counters and shelves installed, doing laundry can made be so much easier. So below are some suggestions on how to better organize your laundry room:

  • In the laundry room: If you have counters of different heights installed, each one can be designated for a different job. For example, a counter above a front loader is the perfect place to fold clothes, while a 36-inch height for a counter is good for sorting and treating laundry. Too, a well-designed cabinet can hide your cleaning supplies as well as detergent, an ironing board and hampers. If you have open storage above a counter, extra folded linens and blankets can be stored for use in the future additionally.
  • In the kitchen: If your washer and dryer are in the kitchen, it can be concealed by a custom designed cabinet which can be designed look like a sideboard. The doors can be made to open out into the room and then slide back on tracks to reveal the washer and dryer when it needs to be used. These doors won’t be in the way or eat up floor space either, and the upper cabinets have shelves which can be used for washing supplies or as a linen storage area. Also, when the surface above the washer and dryer isn’t being used to fold laundry, this neat feature can be used as a sideboard or extra counter space.
  • The extras: If you are short on space to store an ironing board or sewing items, going custom made is a great solution. So, behind a false drawer front, you can have a folding ironing board installed. Below the ironing board a canvas hamper can be installed which holds the clothes which need pressing. In addition, an in-drawer organizer can be installed to keep scissors, buttons, thread and needles for clothing repairs. Then when you need to do ironing or repair clothing, everything is right at your fingertips.

Your laundry room can be organized, neat and well kept.

Cabinet Ideas for a Newly Built Home

When building a new home, you want your kitchen to be warm and welcoming. Custom cabinets can help with this. Kitchen cabinets aren’t just places to put dishes in anymore either. The uses for cabinets now has expanded to entertainment centers, pantries, home offices, bars and even laundry rooms. The new look is much cleaner and simpler, not a minimalist look, but more along the lines of contemporary style. So, gone are the moldings, accents and corbels. It gives the cabinets a frameless look that is called “soft modern.” Plus, the rustic look is also in fashion now. This uses rough-sawn veneers which look as if they’ve been pulled off barns or out of old fashioned lumber yards for an appealing rustic style.

In addition, the new neutral color is gray. Maple is still being used for cabinets, but there is a lean towards the more rustic tree species which are richer and darker such as birch. However, you do have to be careful using gray with white which can make a room appear cold. Here, gray works best when used with floors in warm tones and gold accents.

Another point is that everything no longer has to match. This is a dated concept and now two different colored finishes are being used as well as mixes of stained and painted finishes when installing cabinets in homes. Inserts are being used as well. Painted panels, glass textured and laminated panels are also being used as well as opaque or clear glass. Make sure to use the right tools for the job. Perhaps check out for the different tools for different projects. Also, accent cabinet doors can have stainless steel frames or aluminum banding, reed covered inserts and fabric that’s embedded in resin to give a unique look.

Cabinet doors also can lift, bi-fold, retract into a side pocket or go full scale as a full-height tambour; which resembles a garage door.  Plus, there are interior cabinet drawers choices as well, from apothecary and spice drawers, to silverware and pan dividers.

There are many different options to choose from when designing cabinets for your home. Just be sure to pick a style that fits your home and is also functional.