Smaller homes are becoming the norm, so modular storage could be the answer. These design tips will help you maximise the space you have.
Modular storage is on-trend right now, as space is at a premium and smaller homes are becoming the norm. So it’s important to think carefully about your home design and how best to use the space you have. Utterly flexible, modular storage can be designed to suit any kind of space, whatever the size. Here are some unique design tips from Peter Erlandsson, co-owner of String Furniture, on making the most of your space.
Great solutions for smaller spaces
Create a unique, practical display with modular storage
“Modular, open shelving provides a great way to fit storage into small spaces,” says Peter. “The best thing about modular furniture is that it really can be installed anywhere. There are only two things you need to consider. The first is making sure your shelving is deep and tall enough to store your belongings, but narrow enough that it doesn’t compromise your precious square-footage. The second is making sure you use a mix of open shelving and cabinet styles to create a display unit that is flexible enough to hide the things you don’t want on show. You can design a String shelving system to suit any space with a range of shelving sizes. The coolest DIY project you’ll ever do.”
Make use of the height in your home
“Generally speaking, in a narrow space, you should make use of the height and wall spaces as much as possible. This is why modular storage like String is a good idea, with all its flexible options. And it’s modular, meaning you can add more or change it around at any time. But if you have space under the stairs you could design an almost extra small room, with desk, cabinets, shelves.”
Incorporate multi-functional pieces into your home
“This year, we have seen the trend for rooms with multi-function, that make better use of space. The String work desk or foldaway table is great if you are short on space. Or if you have more room, perhaps take a look at the height-adjustable Works desk. Especially vertically, like multi-level shelving from String System, with different functions and storage that provides a new dimension in a home. This means uncluttered and well-organised, almost Zen-living, Spaces that are “less is more”, with calming clean lines. Essentially, minimalism has continued, with decluttered rooms and a simplistic look with one or two materials, like wood or steel.”
Select light colours to give the illusion of space
“In a small room, it’s great to be able to change the design once in a while,” Peter explains. “Sleek wall shelving and modular storage provides you with plenty of flexibility both practically and aesthetically, meaning you can achieve a completely new look whenever you like. There is an age old doctrine of using light colours on walls to make your home look bigger. This is true, and your shelves need not detract from this. Using minimal materials, String ensures your walls aren’t totally covered.”
Merge function with decoration
“We believe that our shelves should be a reflection of our personalities and exhibit the objects that we have collected throughout our lives,” says Peter. “Many forget that storage can be part of the interior design scheme and by displaying and styling our objects, we can merge function with decoration.”
Featured image: String system in Ash with white floor panels, from £72, String Furniture.
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