Keeping the house tidy and orderly is one of the most important responsibilities of a homeowner. If you lack the space you need for your household and personal items, your home can become a center for clutter fast.
If you’re looking to optimize your space, custom storage cabinets are your solution! Designed specifically for your needs, custom storage cabinets will reduce clutter and keep your space looking organized.
Kitchen Cabinet Storage
In the modern home, the kitchen is the central room. It requires space to store all of your food items and cooking necessities. When it comes to custom kitchen cabinet storage, there are a few options to consider.
When you picture kitchen cabinets, base cabinets are probably the style that comes to mind. They rest directly between the floor and the countertop. Common components of base cabinets are drawers, single-door cabinets, double-door cabinets, pull-outs, and lazy susans.
Sinks, dishwashers, and other appliances can also be built into your base cabinets, which makes them a must-have option in most kitchens.
If you are looking to customize your cabinets further, talk with your contractor to determine what option would best suit your needs. Some options are:
- Rollout shelving and pullout storage
- Silverware and cutlery inserts
- Waste cans and tilt-out trays
Tall cabinets— also known as utility or pantry cabinets— extend from the floor to the ceiling. Because of their height, they can provide the greatest amount of storage space in your kitchen.
When constructing your tall cabinets, your contractor can design custom elements to make room for your individual kitchen needs. They can build shelves, pull-out storage, or even personal compartments for small appliances like your toaster or microwave!
Some other ways to customize your tall kitchen cabinets are:
- Panelized appliances
- Hidden coffee bars
- Wine racks
As the name implies, wall cabinets are mounted on the wall above the base cabinets. They are one of the easiest ways to customize your space because they are available in a range of sizes and styles.
When installed correctly, your wall cabinets can bring an alluring appeal to your space while still proving to be functional. Explore a few of the ways you can customize your wall cabinets to optimize your kitchen cabinet storage:
- Extend your upper kitchen cabinets to the ceiling. This is a great option for smaller kitchens, as it elongates the wall, opens up the room, and of course — increases cabinet space.
- Try open storage options. If you have tons of decorative pieces or custom items that you’d like to show off in your kitchen, try open shelving options like faceless cabinets or floating shelves.
Living Room Storage
Finding storage in your living room can be a fun way to add some character to your room. The type of cabinets you decide on can increase the aesthetic appeal of your space while solving your storage needs!
As the name suggests, built-in cabinetry is installed directly into the wall of your space. They add depth and dimension to your living room wall – not to mention they multiply your storage space.
Your built-in living room cabinets can be designed to offer closed storage, open storage, or a mix of both. Here are some of the common storage options you can choose from based on the type of cabinets you decide on.
- Closed storage: Opt for closed storage if you have items that you want to hide or have no aesthetic appeal and don’t need to be on display. Choose from single or double-door cabinets, drawers, or pull-out storage options.
- Open storage: If you want to display a unique piece of decor or some other special belonging, opt for open storage. Choose from a range of shelving options: a single space that spans the length of the shelf, 2 or more spaces split by a divider, or cubbies.
- Mix: When you combine the two, you have room to hide some of your items that need a place to stay, and you can use the open storage to display photos, decorations, or your special belongings.
If you don’t want to commit to built-ins, free-standing cabinets can help add some additional cabinet space to your living room. Ask your contractor to build a small credenza or free-standing cabinet to use in your room.
If you’re constantly rearranging your space, a free-standing cabinet may be your best bet. These cabinets (though potentially heavy depending on the size and what’s stored in them) can be mobile, built-ins are not.
Open shelving options in the living room can create a space for your items that need a home but contribute to the aesthetic of your room. Floating shelves or ladder shelves are great examples of open shelving for your living room.
Tip: If you like the look of open shelving but still have items that you want to hide, use baskets to keep things looking tidy! This will help add some order to your shelves in a way that also benefits your room’s aesthetic.
Aside from the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in your house. Investing in custom cabinets for your bathroom can help keep things organized for you and any guests who use the room. There are plenty of bathroom storage solutions to choose from.
Not only are base cabinets/vanities practical, but they also give your space an upscale appeal. One of the benefits of base cabinets or vanities is that they offer cabinet space without having to give up counter space to get ready in the mornings.
In addition, they can be built to fit the size of your space and your storage needs, making them the perfect custom cabinet option in your bathroom.
Open shelving in the bathroom can include built-ins or shelves. Built-ins with open storage can be used to organize your toiletries, beauty products, towels, or whatever else you need to store.
Remember, if you like the look of open storage but want some items to be hidden, bins or baskets are your solution!
The garage is another room in your home where clutter tends to land. If you don’t have a proper garage storage system, it can become the most unorganized space in your house. Installing custom cabinets can help reduce the chaos and keep your space functional.
Depending on how much space you need, you should consider a few options.
If you use the garage as your workspace, installing base cabinets in your garage could be a good idea. They’ll allow you some cabinet space to store your tools and materials and counter space to work on projects.
If you don’t need tons of space, wall cabinets could be a good option for your garage. They’ll be hung directly on the upper half of your garage wall. Customize the depth or the width based on your personal storage needs.
Since tall cabinets span between the ceiling and the floor, tall cabinets will double the space of your garage storage system. They can be designed as built-ins of freestanding cabinets, and as open storage or closed.
When it comes to closet storage, it’s important to utilize the height, width, and length of your closet space. Doing so will maximize your storage space and increase your organization. Here are some ways you can use customize your closet storage.
- Drawers: Use drawers for items that don’t need to be hung like t-shirts, sweaters, pants, etc.
- Open Shelves: Use open shelving for accessories like jewelry, hats, belts, etc. Use baskets on your open shelves to store smaller items like socks.
- Shoe Racks: Ask for a custom shoe rack with shelving or cubbies to keep your shoes and overall closet space organized.
Mudrooms are a practical solution for families who want to keep the mess at the door. If the layout of your home allows for it, a mudroom is one of the easiest ways to open up your space and add some extra storage.
Often, they’re designed as built-in cabinetry since they are built directly off the entryway to your house. Here are some of the ways that you can customize your mudroom storage cabinets.
- Lockers: store jackets, backpacks, and sports equipment in locker cubbies.
- Cabinets: store your seasonal items like hats, gloves, or scarves in closed cabinets.
- Cubbies: open cubbies can be used to store your shoes.
- Bench seating: ask your contractor to implement bench seating in your mudroom so that you have a place to sit when taking off or putting back on your shoes.
The options are endless when you choose to invest in custom storage cabinets. Talk to your contractor to decide on the storage solutions that will work best for your home. And start gathering some inspiration from our gallery of projects!