2018: The Year of Stylish Storage

The phrase “storage solution” is rather a trendy one just now, isn’t it? In fact, 2018 is shaping up to be the year in which everyone is obsessed with compact and efficient living! So the question you’ve got to ask yourself is… how stylish is your storage?

A little context before we go any further: this trend has been building for the last few years. As property prices have gone through the roof, the majority of us have become accustomed to living in smaller spaces. Whether that’s a young professional living in a shared house or dinky flat, or a large family with grown-up children building extensions and loft-conversions, everyone is at it.

At the same time, we’ve all become accustomed to owning more and more stuff. It’s true that most of us don’t have huge CD or DVD collections any more due to tech such as Spotify and Netflix making them slightly obsolete; but we still seem to accrue possessions like there’s no tomorrow. Everybody now needs nifty ways to live in compact spaces, which is why we now have all these fantastic “storage solutions”.

Take the Ottoman bed frame for instance. If you haven’t seen these before then you’ll be slightly surprised as what you effectively have here is a bed that rises up out of its frame to provide a capacious hidden area for all your belongings. (There’s some kind of nifty hinge mechanism at work which is an absolute marvel.) They’re widely available now from shops such as Bedstar and are perfect for everything from towels and extra bedding to toys and the family jewels!

Another must-have is the wardrobe organiser. These take many shapes and sizes –check out this range from Not on the High Street. There’s everything from the classic tie-rack, which is a solid item if a little dull, to the clothes rail divider- something so absurdly simple you’ll kick yourself for not having come up with and marketed it yourself. It just makes life so easy! The only drawback is that some might find it too reminiscent of looking through the rail in a shop. The steel pipe shoe rack is also brilliant, though its unapologetically industrial aesthetic (and equally hefty price point) means it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

Finally there’s this concept of cube storage which has been around for a while now but that, sadly, people still get wrong. By embracing this kind of bookshelf system that can house every kind of object imaginable, what you have to do is equip the mind-set of a gallery curator. In other words, bear in mind that whilst anything can go on display, not everything should be placed in a prominent position. Check out this board on Pinterest for some inspiration. Cool record sleeves, nice books and vintage cameras should always be placed to the fore whilst scruffy old objects and those horrible items that you only keep because they were gifts can be pleasingly placed towards the back!

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