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Whether you live in a grand mansion or a micro apartment, where to keep your precious belongings can often be an issue.
Those starting from scratch with a new-build home should always discuss storage options with their architect – where to create enough shelving, for example, and how to ensure adequate walk-in cupboard, wardrobe or pantry space.
When extending the home or converting a building for residential living, storage can also be incorporated.
Discuss with your architect options for using eaves, under-stair and outbuilding space, for example.
While designing your home, you may also wish to consider where to accommodate free-standing storage solutions.
Think about whether you intend to choose eye-catching pieces to make a statement while also displaying your items.
Or if selecting beautiful boxes, chic cupboards or even more basic yet practical containers in which to tuck your clutter out of sight is the answer.
Furniture, such as sofas, beds and tables, can also double up as storage by encompassing drawers and recesses.
Anna Howell, interiors editor at Chaplins Furniture, says: “It starts with a frank conversation. Decide whether the items that need storing are treasures that can be showcased or would be better off hidden away.
“If it’s the former, you’ll want a modular bookcase that you can customise to your precise requirements. Bonaldo’s Cabinet de Curiosité is a gorgeous option for those with books, trinkets and photos in need of a home.
“If your storage requirements are on the larger slide, the best solution is a set of bespoke wardrobes: these can be fitted precisely to your size and space, regardless of sloping ceilings, unusual alcoves or uneven floors.”
She adds: “Hidden internal chambers and smart clothes racks can then be added as necessary taking into account your exact requirements.”
Chaplins,www.chaplins.co.uk: Bonaldo Cabinet de Curiosité, £3,180
Cuckooland,www.cuckooland.com: Gyan bespoke wall storage unit, £265
Chaplins,www.chaplins.co.uk: Cattelan Italia Arabesque sideboard, £3,505
John Lewis, www.johnlewis.com: Storage coffee table, £199
Argos, www.argos.co.uk: Hereford storage bench, £169.99