All around the world, homes are getting smaller. There are several reasons for this, but the main ones are that they are naturally shrinking as more are built, and because the majority of people are only able to afford to buy what they need. At the same time, what we own is not reducing. Consequently, we are challenged like never before to come up with creative ways to store our belongings. After all, no one likes looking like they live out of a suitcase in their own home, or wants to keep everything in labelled boxes so they can find things when they need them. Even those who embrace minimalist living have some belongings they need to store!

With this problem in mind, we looked at some of the most stylish yet cost effective storage solutions you could implement in your home.

Raised Beds

When we think of bed storage, many of us think of divan beds, and we are immediately overcome with terror at the thought of having one of these old-fashioned pieces of furniture in their bedroom. However, you can enjoy bed-based storage without resorting to a divan. Raised beds are all the rage today; both in terms of the beds that are low, but lift up to allow you to store various things, and the types of beds that are essentially bunk beds, but with just the top bunk, with the underneath reserved for storage.

The winning point here is that these products usually cost the same as a regular bed, meaning you get two products while only paying for one.

High Shelving

If you have a picture rail in your home, then fitting shelves just above or below them is a great way to create additional storage. Such shelves will be high enough to be out of the way in terms of not making a room feel cluttered, while also allowing you to display anything you wish and also have things close to hand.

Things like taxidermy and classic books are often favourites to be displayed here, although you should be wary of falling into the trap of buying things simply to have something to store or display!

Hidden Alcove Storage

While modern homes are usually designed and built in a linear fashion, older homes have a reputation for having quirky alcoves and other small areas that, although charming, are not useful for anything.

If you live in such a home, then hidden storage options could be your saviour. We say hidden because you can often buy storage to fit in with the décor of your home, but you can also call it hidden simply because it is a stylish looking cupboard rather than an open display cabinet. These are perfect if you want to have things at hand but aren’t the tidiest person and like to keep everything hidden away.

Buying stylish and cost effective storage can make your home look great and also provide a number of lifestyle solutions for you and your family. Think about the ones that are best for you and your circumstances, and look to get them into your home as soon as possible.

James loves finding practical storage solutions for his home, and has recently purchased sliding wardrobe doors to improve his bedroom. In the New Year, he is looking at implementing other storage solutions around his home.

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All around the world, homes are getting smaller. There are several reasons for this, but the main ones are that they are naturally shrinking as more are built, and because the majority of people are only able to afford to buy what they need. At the same time, what we own...