By their very nature, lofts and condos often do not have the same storage options as, say, a single-family home with 2,500 square feet of livable space. That isnít a surprise to people who want to live the loft or condo lifestyle, but it doesnít mean you have to live in a Spartan existence. Call it doing more with less, or simply planning for storage Ė either way, there are plenty of storage options for lofts and condos.
Ottomans Not only are ottomans desirable pieces of furniture that help round out the look of a living room or bedroom, but if you buy the right one, theyíre also functional for storage. The best ones have hinges that are barely visible, but allow you to easily open the top and load items inside. You can store just about anything in ottomans, from items you rarely use to those that are part of your daily existence.
Under-bed bins Most beds sit several inches above the ground, and many people stuff whatever they can underneath them. But doing so without rhyme or reason is a waste of space. Consider instead purchasing plastic bins that are made specifically for storing under beds. They slide easily underneath and are great places to store clothes or extra bedding, or even items like VHS and DVD movies.
Shelves No matter the size of your loft or condo, youíve almost certainly got plenty of wall space. Placing shelves on the walls allows you to make the most of that space. Shelves are available in a wide variety of sizes and, depending on how you hang them, can hold relatively heavy items. If youíre putting something heavy on shelves, make sure to use an anchor in the wall when you hang them.
Stackable bins Clear bins that can be stacked on top of one another allow you to make the most of the space you have. They take up little floor space and make seeing whatís inside of them an easy task. Hide them in a closet or stack them in a corner so theyíre not so noticeable. If you really donít want to see them, put them in a corner and then hang a curtain in front of them.
Pot hanger With their long handles and sometimes-large size, putting pots and pans in a cupboard often equates to wasting lots of space. And stacking them on the countertop isnít very visually appealing. Buying a hanger thatís specifically made for hanging pots and pans gets them off the counter or out of the cupboard, and into the air, where they donít take up precious space. Displaying them also can be a nice aesthetic touch.
Renting space While youíll have access to a garage in many loft and condo buildings, many times you canít do much more than park your car and bicycle there. If youíve got lots of other stuff that you donít want in your home, but also donít want to get rid of, consider renting storage space. Search a little bit and you can probably find some within a few miles. The amount you pay depends on the size you rent, but it doesnít have to be a major part of your monthly budget.
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