Walls and closets can provide extra storage space, but what if you have an open floor plan? Having practically no fixed partitions between areas can make it difficult to declutter. While it’s one of the costs of having an open floor plan, no design challenge is insurmountable.
Fortunately, there are ways to have all the storage you need and still have a free, flowing open floor plan that makes your home look spacious and inviting.
Respect the View
Home remodeling experts suggest open floor plans so that homeowners can enjoy an uninterrupted visual flow of the interior of the home. These open floor plans often extend through the home to the outside, creating an opportunity to bring the outside in.
Use Open Shelving Room Dividers
Even when you have an open floor plan, you still might want to have some sort of divider to separate areas such as an entryway. Instead of having a wall you can use open shelving units that double as a room divider creating a defined space and extra storage.
Avoid Floor to Ceiling Storage
When storage space is scarce, it’s natural to make the most of the remaining walls. However, cabinetry that touches the ceiling can be too much for the eye. Leave about a foot of vacant wall space so the area doesn’t start to feel cramped and closed-in.
Have Multi-Purpose Furniture
An elegant storage solution for any room addition where space is limited is to have a built-in window seat that also has room for storage. Side tables with several shelves or a narrow drawer are also very handy for keeping things out of sight.
Creative Storage Spots
When it comes to space-strapped kitchens or bathrooms, look for creative spots to build hidden cabinets. Our kitchen and bathroom remodel projects maximize storage without compromising square footage, functionality, or style. For instance, overlooked storage spots can include: under the stairs, behind the door, and underneath base cabinets.
Marrokal Design and Remodeling can create plenty of storage opportunities for your home along with an open floor plan. Call us at (888) 214-1544 to schedule your free consultation. We build custom homes and remodel homes in San Diego, CA.