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How to use curtains for stylish storage

Storage, we can never have enough of the right kind of storage. But how do you add in much needed storage without sacrificing your interior scheme? If you’ve got a cupboard or draw bursting at the seams with clutter, it might be time to give your storage solutions an overhaul. Don’t despair if you don’t already have floor to ceiling cupboards in every room, there are clever ways to incorporate simple storage ideas into your daily routine.

Firstly, you need a place to store those everyday items. This can be as simple as a bowl and a few hooks by the front door to ensure you never lose your keys again, to adding some hangers and hooks to your under stairs cupboard, to make sure coats are easy to put away - - - because we all know if it’s a faff we just won’t do it! De-clutter your possessions and you may not need as much storage as you think. Seriously look at what you own and consider whether you could donate or sell it to make some space. We promise the feeling of lightness after a good clear out is worth the hours of being surrounded by piles of your old things!

If there are things you just can’t separate with, a good (and stylish) solution is to use cafe curtains as a cover up. A natural cupboard door if you will. With our choice of over 300 fabrics, you can choose a fabric to perfectly match your interior and hide those unsightly toys, boardgames… or whatever it is that requires a stylish storage solution.

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Mix it up. By rotating your favourite display items you not only create some shelf space, but by regularly refreshing what’s on show you keep your space interesting and engaging.

Embrace the subtle storage. A coffee table with drawers, console tables and media units, banquette seating with a lifting lid, draws under divan beds - - - these are all great integrated bonus storage options. Something to think about if you’re looking to buy new furniture, can it be multi purpose?

Useful furniture. If you are able to add some built in storage, consider box shelves. These add structure and order, whilst still allowing you to display items in an ordered way and are much simpler to keep tidy than wall to wall shelving.

Make it pretty. We all have stuff we need to access daily, whether that’s beauty products, hats and gloves or the pods for your coffee machine. If you don’t have a space for these things, add some baskets, decorative boxes or tins around the house to use. This way your things will be organised, easy to find and you’re much more likely to keep using the storage if it’s within easy reach.

Use design tricks. Sliding doors, made to measure curtains and room dividers can all be utilised to turn that small unused space into a storage area. Similar to cafe curtains, by hiding the clutter you keep the home streamlined. When adding in a simple wall shelf or cupboard, try painting it in the same colour as the wall to visually make it fade into the background. This way your all important storage isn’t interrupting your carefully styled space.

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