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Genius Storage Ideas for 6 Types of 'Dead' Spaces
Every home has ‘dead’ spaces within its structure that probably goes totally unused - thanks to its difficult layout. But why waste perfectly good (potential) storage space at home, when it can be transformed into something fully functional? Here are some crafty ideas for transforming the usual dead zones you are bound to encounter in your home:
For Kitchen/Bathroom Undersinks
Pull-out Drawers and Organisation Racks
Interior Designer: Yong Studio
These dank spaces have potential and yet, thanks to protruding pipes or bulky sink bottoms - we usually leave them completely bare.
Do consider neat pull-outs that reveal precious storage, like a hideaway organization drawer, perfect for small kitchens or bathrooms. Have pedestal or floating sinks instead? Try fitting readymade shelves, organisers or racks under the sink, like this pull out from Häfele.
For Kitchen Corner Units
V-shaped drawers, revolving or pull-out trays
Interior Designer: Nevermore Design
What can be done about blind kitchen counters or cabinet corners? Try fitting in v-shaped drawers or mini-cabinets! This is an excellent solution to take advantage of what would otherwise be just an empty, awkward corner.
But remember since the angle is odd, it may not be easy to retrieve items from the cabinet. Thus, you might want to consider putting in a revolving or pull-out tray mechanism to improve convenience.
For Sloped Attic Ceilings
Built-in shelving and drawers
Interior Designer: Seshan Design Sdn Bhd
If you need more closet space, hold off buying a new freestanding wardrobe. Instead, use the space between the ceiling and floor of your sloped attic ceilings to back new wardrobe shelves. By simply building in a few shelves or drawers, you’ll have the extra storage you crave, without having to take up any other space.
For Wall Corners
Interior Designer: Roomia
We all have them - but only a clever few know what to do with them. With wall corners, the best solution is to put in triangular/t-shaped shelving. This solution can also be a budget-friendly fix as most corners are at a 45-degree angle, where standard shelving can be purchased and fitted.
Interior Designer: Box Design Studio Sdn Bhd
For Small, Narrow Gaps
Slim slide-out cabinets
Interior Designer: Genesis Mission Sdn Bhd
Recessed spaces in walls make for the perfect spot to fit wall niches, which can even be used as a showcase as well as other types of built-in storage. In terms of complexity, it can be difficult to find standard pieces to fit wall recesses. Thus, carpentry work may be necessary to build custom niches.
Built-in shelving and cabinets
Interior Designer: Yong Studio
If you have a staircase at home, chances are you are letting usable space go to waste. Whether underneath the stairs or along the sidewall, you can take advantage of these spaces with professional carpentry.
Interior Designer: Zeng Interior Design Space
Fit custom shelves and concealed cabinets in these hollow or bare spaces and you’ll be blessed with extra storage or display options.
Storage woes, begone!
Space can always be found - even in the most awkward of places. That's where interior designers come in - they can help you plan and design smart built-in storage solutions to maximise every inch of space. Request for a free quote here and we can match you to the right ID - based on your budget and style.
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