A guide to smart storage in the bedroom (without ruining your interior design)
Most people would agree bedrooms can be a real puzzler when it comes to interior design, especially when you’re tasked with finding a place to store all your clothes, shoes and accessories. Yes, incorporating furniture such as wardrobes and drawers into your all-new aesthetic can seem like a necessary evil; after all, they don’t always make best use of space and sometimes they’re not much to look at. But it really doesn’t have to be that way!
When you’re in the throes of designing a new bedroom for your home, make sure you don’t let your space down with furniture that screams clunky and chunky. Here are some smart bedroom furniture and storage concepts that’ll add value to your space from a practical and design perspective.
Build it high and wide
The problem with traditional freestanding wardrobe units is that they take up valuable floor space while they’re incredibly limited in capacity – especially when you need plenty of clearance to open those gaping doors!
By building a wardrobe that spans the width of your room from floor to ceiling, you’ll gain masses of extra storage space without protruding too far into the floor area. You can also choose between folding and sliding door mechanisms (or a combination of both) to make super easy work of opening those large and heavy door panels. Folding and sliding door panels are also a great way to limit door protrusion while making the entire contents of your wardrobe visible in one swift move – and we all know how important that is!
Drawers under your bed
You’ll probably appreciate that bedroom furniture can be incredibly wasteful with your limited space. In fact, you’ve probably got a queen or king-sized bed stretching across the floor offering nothing more than a cosy shelter for your dog or cat. So, why not fill this waste of space with some custom-made drawers with fully extendable runners so they can be pulled right out from under your bed? A few deep drawers under your bed could be the ideal place to store heavier items such as shoes while offering better protection for delicate and expensive items like hats.
If you move away from traditional-style freestanding furniture in favour of a sleeker look, then, you might have to prepare to lose some of those surface areas you once used to display a few things. But fear not, there’s a solution for this too and it’s completely in keeping with the modern aesthetic you’re going for.
Inset wall niches make good use of wall space without encroaching on your floor area. Depending on where they’re positioned, wall niches inset into plasterwork could be an alternative to bedside tables, cupboards and shelves offering ample storage for books, photos and many other items.
Hidden cupboards with concealed hinges
Any bedroom will benefit from having plenty of cupboard space to organise and hide items of clothing or even children’s toys. But, most of us would probably rather not have to look at them – it’s a catch-22. Well, the good news is, you can do exactly that by incorporating hidden cupboards into your room. Whether they’re behind your bed or across the wall, cupboards can vanish into your room with neutrally toned doors that use concealed hinges and push-to-open mechanisms.
Fold down desk
Whether it’s for studying, life admin or working from home, your bedroom can sometimes offer a peaceful sanctuary to escape and get a few things done. But, putting a full-blown desk in your room will just take up more space you can’t afford.
Installing a desk that folds down on hinges from any vertical surface can take as much or as little space as you like. All you have to do is store it against the wall when you’re done and, hey presto, it’s gone!
Whatever solutions you choose, Hettich can offer you the right systems and mechanisms to maximise storage and function in your bedroom – without compromising your design skills
It’s all about the minimalist look: Five design concepts that can improve your home life
Today, home design is all about the sleek, open-plan and minimalist look. That’s right, it’s no longer fashionable to decorate your home with ornaments and trinkets, nor is it smart to pack as many rooms into your layout as possible – those years are long gone!
Being right on trend with your home’s furniture solutions and layout could give your home the wow factor, but it’s also about so much more. From your home office and bathrooms to your kitchen and living space, the right design concepts could actually help you better organise your life (and destress!) Here are some ideas to get you inspired.
Easy access wall units
Whether it’s above your bathroom sink or on your kitchen wall, wall units offer a convenient solution for accessing items exactly when you need them and at the most ergonomic height. For example, imagine not having to rummage through drawers for those essential cosmetics when you’re rushing for work. Plating up the evening meal could also be so much easier when all your dinnerware is stacked neatly right in front of your eyes.
Of course, to work best, wall units need to be easy to access without intruding on the space in front. So, instead of using traditional hinged cabinet doors, choose a one-track sliding door system so doors run across each other, neatly combining both open and closed sections.
Sliding doors are back
Everyone loves an open-plan layout, whether it’s having the freedom to stroll into a walk-in robe or creating a greater sense of light and space across your living and dining space. But open-plan is open-plan and the concept comes at a price. Whether it’s concealing the contents of your walk-in robe or achieving temporary privacy between your living and dining room, these one-off conveniences just don’t fit with open-plan design – or do they?
Choosing to use a wide sliding door instead of tearing down an entire wall could be just the solution you’re looking for. Unlike traditional hinge doors, a sleek and elegant soft sliding door can vary in size without impacting on the surrounding space; this means they’re great for acting as a partial divider between two rooms or discreetly providing access to and hiding storage spaces.
Deep and sturdy drawers
It’s fair to say that until recently, drawers have had limited use around the home – and it’s not hard to understand why. While everyone knows they’re a safe bet for storing your office stationery, cutlery and kitchen utensils, the words ‘hardwearing’ and ‘loadbearing’ aren’t usually associated with household drawer units. But times have changed.
For any loading capacity, steel ball bearing runner systems will enable you to install drawers all around your home – ranging in size and use. Large, deep drawers are ideal for storing your heaviest pots and pans in the kitchen, electronics and toys in the living room and even your cosmetics and appliances in the bathroom. Divider systems inside drawers can also help you organise your contents to ensure you always find everything without stress.
Embrace purism everywhere you can
Large clean surfaces are all the rage and there’s no wonder why. Whether it’s your kitchen cabinetry, bathroom units or living room cupboards, those stylish materials and simple geometric shapes should be allowed to shine in all their glory without distraction. So, ditch those nobs and handles in favour of push-to-open mechanisms on your cupboard doors and drawers; not only will this give your furniture a little extra oomph, but it’ll also make surfaces easier to clean while keeping small children out.
Nothing gets lost in the ether with rotating shelves
Have you ever been confronted by the sight and smell of spoilt food that got lost in your cluttered cupboard or fridge? Or, perhaps you’re tired of knocking items over and spilling things every time you look for something. Well, there is a better way to organise food items, so you don’t waste good produce nor your time cleaning up the mess.
Rotating shelving in your pantry cupboards and refrigerator means food stored at the back can be moved to the front in no time at all. With rotating shelving, everything is easily accessible and visible, because there is no back!
There are many ways you can enhance your everyday living by simply making the right design choices all around the home. So, if you do the thinking, Hettich will make it happen.