When it comes to home storage, it’s often necessary to get creative as to where you keep things. You’ve likely added as many shelves and racks to your cabinets, closets, and cupboards as possible, and now you need some different ideas and solutions. At EZ Storage® in St. Louis, we can help you find the right self-storage unit for anything that just won’t fit in the house or you don’t have the space for, no matter how hard you’ve tried.
We’re also here to help you optimize your storage space at home, and that includes some unusual spots, such as under the stairs or above the doors. You might have to break out the power tools or hire a professional to build some of these new storage areas, but with a little time and a little ingenuity, you can have the space you need for essential items.
Under the Stairs
If your home has multiple stories, then there are going to be stairs leading from one floor to another. Depending on the placement and construction of the staircase, there could be an opportunity to build additional storage under the stairs themselves. If your first-floor staircase is adjacent to the hallway or the living room, you can add open shelves where you can display books, decor, and artwork. For basement stairs, you can create closed storage where you keep boxes and tubs of extra belongings or seasonal items that you only need at certain times of year.
Another solution to consider is to create storage inside the stairs themselves. Each step has a certain amount of space behind it, and you could build drawers that pull out from the risers between each step. This home improvement may take a professional’s touch, but once it’s done, you’ll have somewhere to store all types of things, from shoes and toys to hats and gloves.
Above the Doors
In many homes, the spaces above the interior doors are either left blank or used to display photographs or other artwork. If you have several of these spots that are blank, why not add some small shelves for additional storage? In the bathroom, for example, you could add some shelves to hold towels and such, and in the bedroom, an above-the-door shelf could hold extra books or decor.
You’ll want to keep in mind what you put on these shelves, since not everyone in the house will be able to reach them to retrieve what they need. If the shelves are purely for display, then you can place items on them and not have to worry. If you’ll be putting things like towels or books on them, you’ll want to have a method for getting things down, such as keeping a small footstool nearby.
On the Ceilings
Your home may have very tall ceilings, and this extra space can make the house feel much more open and spacious. However, if you feel that some of this space could be put to better use, you could add some storage options. For example, if your laundry room has a tall ceiling, think about adding racks on the ceiling for storage, similar to what you may have already done in the garage.
The basement is also a prime candidate for ceiling storage, even though the ceilings aren’t likely as tall on this floor of your home. If you have camping or outdoor gear that you need to put away at the end of each summer, a ceiling rack in the basement can be a great spot for everything.
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As you’re finding new and creative ways to store things at home, you’ll likely still have items that you just don’t have room for in the house. When that happens, you can count on EZ Storage® to help you find the perfect self-storage unit. We have four metro-area locations, all of which are equipped to meet all of your storage needs. You can rent a unit for as long as you need, and you can access your storage space on any day of the year. We hope that this post has helped you rethink your storage solutions, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
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