4 ingenious built-in storage solutions for small and awkward spaces

From under stair storage to fitted bedroom wardrobes, transform your home and save space with these smart built-in storage ideas.

By Gemma Parkes | 24 September 2018

Whether you’re struggling to fill an awkward space or looking to create more room in your home, these clever space-saving built-in storage ideas will help combat tricky areas.

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Whether it’s off-the-peg or bespoke, built-in furniture designed specifically for a room helps to put every inch of space to good use. More streamlined than freestanding storage, built-in designs can provide clever solutions to awkward
corners, lofts, high ceilings and staircases.

Planning storage early on in a self-build or renovation project is important. Location is key, but you’ll also need to consider what items you’ll be putting away when deciding what will work best. We round up the best space-saving built-in storage solutions for your home.

Use empty space under a staircase as a multi-functional storage area

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Take the opportunity to make an under-staircase area multi-functional by incorporating storage beneath or within it. Options range from simple cupboards to pull-out systems, similar to those used in fitted kitchens which slide out for easy access to shoes and outdoor kit.

Think about including shelving in a custom-designed staircase to house books or a collection of kitchen crockery. Alternatively increase usable space by squeezing in a compact home office or workstation with a fitted desk combined with open shelves and drawers to make the most of any awkward angles.