The Importance of Storage
Storage is an essential part of your home. No matter how minimalistic your lifestyle is, our possessions have to be stored somewhere. Insufficient or poorly utilised storage space will generate additional stress in our lives while good and well-optimised storage spaces ensure that your home remains a refreshing and clutter-free place.
Sure, it’s easy to buy a new drawer or shelf to store your belongings when there’s not enough space for your new items. But those storage spaces take up space too.
How do I maximize storage space?
For houses with limited space, purchasing a bigger wardrobe to store your new clothes may not be an entirely feasible choice. So what about storage spaces that are cleverly incorporated into your home?
Furniture like chairs needn’t be ‘just’ seats. They can be seat modules with storage spaces under it. The raised platform that your bed lies on isn’t just a decorative element. It can have storage cubbies incorporated within it.
How do I add storage to a small house?
Well-thought-out storage choices also mean making smart and practical decisions that reduce the clutter in your home.
For example, instead of a king-sized bed for guests that’s always taking up space but remains rarely used save the sporadic occasion that a guest stays over, what about a pull-out bed? It can be kept hidden on normal days, and need only be pulled out when it needs to be used.
For houses that are smaller in size, such as 3-room HDB flats, storage is even more important. Due to the limited space, you will need to optimise every bit of space possible to incorporate well-thought-out storage designs that don’t end up adding to the clutter instead.
Examples of Optimised Storage Space in Your Home
Ban Yew Interior Design has an established portfolio on several optimal ways in which you can save space in your home. In fact, examples 1 to 6 are all part of their impressive range. The 7th on the list is from Ascenders Design Studio, which also boasts an accomplished portfolio.
1. Rosyth Avenue
Done by Ban Yew Interior design, this landed property features functional yet sophisticated ways to integrate storage spaces into your home. This includes pull-out tables in the kitchen to reduce clutter, as well as drawers under the bed platforms to maximise space.
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2. 65 Eco Sanctuary Condominium
This design maximises every bit of space possible by, firstly, removing the integrated bar counter in the kitchen to create a larger dining space. The children’s room also features an integrated bed, desk and wardrobe that your children will never outgrow.
3. A Treasure Trove Condominium
A full-length mirror is tucked into the display feature wall, which makes the living room look more spacious while saving space at the same time.
The work desk in the bedroom is also custom-built to be full height to save space while ensuring a comfortable setting.
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4. 113 Mcnair Road
The shelves in this home are designed in a way that can be concealed from plain view to avoid a feeling of clutter.
The guest bed is also smartly hidden from sight so that it can be retrieved simply only when it is needed.
For other families who are tight on space, one can consider having more built-in storage spaces in their home. Based on the size and layout of your home, some of this may need to be custom-made.
5. 34 Segar Road
This design features an elevated platform in the bedroom which is reserved for the bed. It is a popular and interesting way to incorporate different textures and heights into the room. At the same time, the space underneath the platform can be used to store bulky items like seasonal clothes and luggage.
To conserve space, the television, display shelf, storage shelf and workspace have all been incorporated into the bedroom.
6. 145 Simei Street 2
This design employs sliding doors to avoid making the room look cramped. Instead of traditional bedroom doors that swing out and inevitably end up reducing the available space in the room, this helps to maintain a stylish aesthetic with a Japanese touch at the same time.
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7. Pasir Ris St 71
As evidence of this, the dining area showcases the seamless transition from the bar counter to the computer desk, so one can use the space either to enjoy breakfast or to spend time working.
Due to lifestyle practices such as minimalism and Marie Kondo trending, the ideal of only owning what you need has become much more prominent. We are taught that “less is more” and that we should shop mindfully to avoid cluttering our homes.
While all of that is true, it remains a fact that in reality, we may not always have the chance to ensure that all of our possessions have been carefully curated before buying them.
Sudden replacement of appliances may be needed, or you may be holding onto your children‘s clothes so you can pass it on in the future – situations where you need to store something in your home always presents itself. As such, efficiently designed storage spaces remain an irreplaceable part of your home.
Owning a large house doesn’t necessarily mean you will never have storage problems. What matters more than the size of your home is how well-thought-out your storage space has been designed – such that it serves a practical function without adding onto the clutter instead.
Having sufficient storage space means reducing the stress of deciding where to store what whenever you’re buying something for your home. While one should always practice mindful shopping, it is important to balance this ideal.
If you’re interested in interior designs inspired by the notion of minimalism and interweave optimised storage spaces into their designs, do check out minimalist interior design and MUJI interior design.
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