There's no such thing as too much storage space. And that goes double for thoughtfully
designed, carefully constructed cabinets, closets, shelves, and other home storage solutions. The most successful built-in storage answers a specific need, notes Linda Jovanovich, of the American Hardwood Information Centre.
It might be micro scale, like a drawer to store and charge electronic devices, or a macro project, such as outfitting an entire mudroom, but its usefulness, durability, and aesthetics will depend on how good the planning, materials, and execution are. Here are six inspiring examples;
1. In-drawer charging station
Smartphones, tablets, and other personal electronic devices, along with their tangle-prone power cords, are a perennial source of clutter. A dedicated drawer equipped with a charging outlet looks great against the blond wood millwork-while they power up..
2. Pots and pans drawers and pullouts
A deep centre drawer holding bulky saucepans is flanked by a pair of vertical pull outs for smaller utensils and bottles of cooking oil, a practical and elegant solution.
3. Kitchen island storage
Fancy cabinetry makes exemplary use of the centre island's inherent storage possibilities. Open shelves and deep cubbies not only help break up a visually massive piece of solid-walnut furniture but also provide neat pigeonholes for magazines and attractive display space for silverware, ceramics, and wickerwork.
4. Under-stair storage
The wedge-shape void beneath a staircase is often underutilised real estate in multilevel residences. Make the most of this no-man's-land in a tiny loft with a
triangle of custom built-in cupboards and drawers. Exquisitely calibrated to use the maximum available space, the storage wall also creates an almost sculptural work of decorative design.
5. Built-in storage
The space at the top of a staircase can be almost as problematic as the underside. Use custom hardwood shelving, cabinets, and wine-storage system to create a welcoming and practical cellar in what otherwise could be a wasted nook.
6. Mud room built-ins
While all share a bench for taking off boots, there are individual under-seat recesses for storing damp footwear, hooks for outdoor clothing, and wire-mesh-fronted lockers for personal items.