Secret Storage Spots
Are your cabinets and closets crammed and cluttered? Do the
appliances look like a display window at a department store,
lined up on the kitchen counter? You need "storage surgery," and
Start looking for help in unlikely places. You may have unusual,
unused storage space that could be converted with minor
modifications, according to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.
Creating these spots just requires some innovation, as shown in
the following examples.
Liquid Entry Closet. An original entry closet was good for
holding only a few coats and too shallow for anything else. The
oenophile owners of this older home were searching for a place to
store their prodigious wine collection. Voila! Install wooden
wine rack inserts and you have space for more than 100 bottles.
Plates on Display. There's no reason for stowing plates,
especially attractive china, under the counter. Above-the-
counter storage makes more sense and is more accessible. A
built-in wall hutch creates several shelves for stacking, along
with vertical slots where plates stand on edge, and mini-drawers
Hide the Blender. Too much stuff crowding the kitchen
countertop? Small appliances can be pushed out of the way when
not in use. Install mini-doors under the standard wall cabinets
that reach down to the counter. With doors closed, your
appliance is out sight. With doors open, your storage area opens
up counter space.
Stairway Space. Ever consider the enclosed, hollow space under
the stairway? Shoving stuff under the stairs is a common scheme
but installing hide-away bins provides unobtrusive, attractive
storage. Large storage bins can be mounted to slide in and out
on runners. In the closed position, they stand flush with the