Entry #2797, August 30, 2013
Today we continue Stagetecture’s feature ‘Olioboard Inspiration‘. Last week you enjoyed – ‘Creating Inspiring Vintage Interiors‘ from Nanette Reynolds and this week we enjoy making the most of your bedroom with creative storage ideas from John Nuter who is a member of the Facebook Olioboard Fan Room. I asked him to help you create valuable space in your bedroom and he gives plenty of ideas!
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Olioboard Inspiration #30
‘Creating Valuable Space with Bedroom Storage ’ – John Nuter
A bedroom should be a haven from life’s chaos, a place to calm down,settle in,relax and unwind.This peaceful zen state of mind is easier to achieve when you’re not stepping over piles of dirty laundry, or searching for that favorite outfit in an overstuffed,unorganized closet. Here’s a few ideas for getting back in touch with the inner chi of your den of dreams by stashing in style. There may be several square feet of potential storage hidden under your nose (and furniture) where you can find space for your clutter large and small.
Stick It Under The Bed
A king-size bed can eat up to forty-two square feet of space. Why should the dust bunnies have it all to themselves? Under the bed containers can hold the shorts and t-shirts you’re not wearing in January, as well as the wool sweaters and thermal underwear you don’t need in August. Hide away what you’re not wearing. Flipping your seasons is a great way to save space. Ikea sells sliding drawer units that fit under the bed, or you can but storage bins that slide in and out. If you’re thrifty and looking for a more inexpensive option, you can purchase Rubbermaid bins in a variety of sizes that work perfectly well also, and a stylish bed skirt hides them from view as well as adding a splash of color or interest. You can also find platform storage beds with drawers built in the bed frame, or a mattress that lifts easily for extra storage beneath. The added bonus of storing under the bed, one less place you have to vacuum! If you don’t have a lot of space you can even hide the bed away. Murphy beds are making a resurgence and range from plain and simple to high end versions.
Maximize Your Closet
Make sure you’re getting the most out of your closet- especially when it comes to hanging space. You can always add drawer or shelf units, but it’s harder to change the rods.Before you start drawing up plans for your bedroom storage closet, decide what you plan to keep there.To figure out where to install rods for example, estimate how much space dresses and suits take up versus shirts and jackets. For longer items you need full length vertical space under the rods.
If the majority of your clothes extend less than three feet, hanging two rods,one high, and one forty inches from the floor, allows you to double the space you’ll have to hang clothes in that space. Consider what you need to get to on a daily basis. You should keep your favorite walking shoes front and center. Those strappy Manolo Blahniks can be kept in their original box on an upper shelf for special occasions. Shoe bins,tiered tie racks and slide out laundry hampers, keep things tucked away, yet easily accessible . Keep shoes off the floor where they usually end up in a mix-match pile, and keep then in individual boxes or cubbies. T shirts and sweaters should be kept on an open shelf where you can see them all the time.
If you’re looking for your favorite sweater and it’s under four others in a drawer, you’ll never find it. Drawers should be used for items that don’t fold well, socks, underwear, bras. Four to five drawers per person is the general rule and should be plenty enough. Use every inch of your closets, full length mirrors on the back of the closet doors,and hang hats scarves, and belts from hooks on the narrow side walls. If your closet isn’t large enough for adequate storage there are a variety of other options available from dressers, armoires, and full size wall units that can be customized to your needs. All of these come in many different styles, sizes and price ranges. If you are into recycling or repurposing, anything can be used to store your clothes in from china cabinets, sideboards, even an old phonograph cabinet, you’re only limited by your imagination.
About John Nuter
My name is Jonn Nuter and I live in Milwaukee,Wisconsin. I have always been interested in interior design/decorating, yet only did it in a limited capacity for friends and family. After a bout with cancer 9 years ago, I was inspired to throw convention to the wind and live the rest of my life doing something I was truly passionate about,so I went back to school and I’m proud to say,recently received my diploma in interior decorating from Penn Foster University.
I am capable of working with all styles of design, but I tend to lean towards modern/contemporary. I am currently looking to obtain a position in the design field while i work towards starting my own design service. That is where Olioboard comes in as an invaluable tool for creating your own designs whether you just like to experiment or you work in the design industry. It has not only provided me with a place to network,find advice and get support, but I’ve made some great friends.
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