George Clarke, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and The Restoration Man, shares his latest tips and ideas about home storage secrets.

George Clarkes home storage secrets

Storage is the word I hear most often when designing homes – people can’t seem to get enough of it. For me, however, it’s not the quantity of storage that matters, but how well considered it is.

I have a few house rules when it comes to filing away belongings. First, have a massive clear-out of stuff you genuinely don’t need – you must be ruthless. Then divide things into four distinct storage groups – permanent, semi-permanent, everyday and display.

Permanent-storage items can range from family documents to objects with sentimental value. These should be hidden away in labelled boxes, so they won’t compromise your usable space. I count semi-permanent belongings as things you might use once or twice every few months; these can be placed on high-level shelves.

Keep your everyday items in a hot spot – an area of the house you have easy access to. The best example is by your front door (so get ideas for maximising corridor space from the hallway storage shopping feature on p129). One of my favourite tricks is to create drawers for shoes in staircase risers – genius! Display items are obviously the beautiful pieces that you have collected, such as photos and ceramics. Present these in clear boxes or bell jars, so they are on show and will add true personality to a home.

In all cases, it’s important that units and cupboards are designed-in as much as possible.

Credit: Julian Cornish-Trestrail

Kevins Column

Top self build highlights at Grand Designs Live 2019 hosted by Kevin McCloud

Find top experts, specialist exhibitors and a wealth of inspiration for your self-build or renovation project all under one roof.
visit-award-winning-grand-designs-live-hosted-by-kevin-mccloud
 
 
find-room-for-home-office
Home Improvements

How to find extra space for a home office

With more people than ever working from home, finding room for a dedicated working zone has become a new priority.
a-quarter-century-of-architectural-excellence
Home Improvements

A quarter century of architectural excellence

A holistic approach, amazing attention to detail, a slew of awards – one UK architect is flying the flag with a new office in LA.
architectural-salvage-tips
Home Improvements

4 pitfalls to avoid with architectural salvage

Architectural salvage is a striking, eco-friendly choice for your project. Ensure a smooth-sailing project using these materials with this handy guide.
cadira-contemporary-modern-furniture
Home Improvements

Distinctive contemporary furniture for modern living

Our round-up of Cadira's contemporary designer furniture focusses on bespoke solutions and fresh materials to give your home design an edge.
fastfit-heated-flooring
Home Improvements

Is heated flooring right for your project?

Bespoke heated flooring is an eco-friendly way to warm up both new builds and renovations. We take a closer look…
ironmongery-direct-offer
Home Improvements

Ironmongery Direct – 50 years of trust and quality

Handles, hinges and locks are key components of your home. Make sure you buy from the best with 10% off your first order and enjoy...