Too Much Stuff? Storage ideas help make your lake home less “stuffed”

Filed in Design and Decor by on September 25, 2014

01mudThe glory of lake living is, of course, the lake. However, what’s nearly as thrilling is having space to store all the “stuff” that comes along with a lake home. Storage and space utilization can force creative configuring of every nook, corner, closet and cranny.

Here are a few storage ideas and services to consider for your lake home:

Maximize Furniture

To get the most of your square footage, select furniture that can also double as storage. For example, nightstands with shelves can hold books and cute fabric-covered containers, or flat-topped trunks in the family room can store blankets, games or extra bedding for a fold-out couch.

In a bedroom consider wiring an armoire to double as a a mini-entertainment center. Use the drawers to store clothes, surplus paper products and photo albums. The drawers could also be removed, and the cubbies can hold extra towels or feature a small space to display treasures or framed photos. Plus, be sure to use the “blank canvas” that is the inside of the armoire doors by attaching a full-length mirror.

Make the Most of Closet Space

Double your hanging space in bedroom closets. An organizing professional recommends moving the standard eye-level rod up about 6-12 inches and installing a second rod at about waist level. On closet shelves, make the most of vertical space by using stacking shelves or plastic storage bins for out-of-season garments.

Make space in closets for the oodles of books and toys the kids dig into when they’re at the cottage by maximizing the lower level. By installing shelves at the kids’ level, they can get to frequently-used books, toys, stuffed animals and games easily – and all their stuff can be stowed out of sight when little ones aren’t on the weekend guest list.

Be sure to use the back of closet doors, too. Put an inexpensive hanging shoe organizer over the door to store coloring books, crayons, stuffed animals and other small items.

Bedroom-20If you’re looking for a large-scale overhaul of your closets, maybe it’s time to call in the professionals for custom design solutions.

California Closets begins with a complimentary in-home consultation and offers organizing solutions for any room of your lake home – bedroom, garage, mudroom, utility room, kids room, home office and more.

Family-owned and operated for more than 20 years, Closet Logic, based in the St. Cloud area, insists that organizing a closet should be simple, fun and affordable. The company will work with the closet space you have and design an organizational system to fit your specifications and maximize your space.

Wall Beds

A wall bed can turn your guest room into a room that works for you when you don’t have people staying at the lake. The beds are retractable, can fold up into a bookcase or closet and come in all sizes.

California-Closets-Double-Wall-Bed-OpenThat room that’s usually dominated by an extra bed for guests can finally double as an office area, art studio or fitness room while still having the guest accommodations at the ready. Area businesses like Smart Spaces and California Closets specialize in wall beds.

Use the Garage

The garage has become an extension of a home. With a garage organizing remodel, you may find yourself with glorious abundance of storage space. Once a place for trash bins, old paint cans and a parking spot for the car, the garage can store your off-season decor, open up space for hobbies and provide adequate, closed-door storage for fishing gear.

contemporary-garageCalifornia Closets and Closet Logic also offer garage organizing solutions – everything from cabinets and overhead storage racks to sleek workspace and even morphing a plain old garage into a music studio or game room. The options are endless and varied.

Storage has become so much more than hangers on a rack and plastic tubs tucked into the rafters. It’s an industry that has evolved to meet your storage challenges. A visit to a vendor’s website, a quick phone call or a stop into a showroom is the first step to finally make more space for stuff at the lake.

by Amy Chaffins

Photo Source: California Closets

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