Have you bought way too much stuff recently?
We get it. Sometimes it’s impossible to resist a good deal.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. Well, at least until you get home and realize you have nowhere to store your extra set of fine china.
What are you going to do?
This last one is by far your best bet because you can hit two birds with one stone — more convenient storage space and a more stylish, clutter-free house.
Convinced? Awesome — then let’s help you transform your home into a storage haven by discussing the top storage furniture Canada has to offer, including:
Desert Rose Sideboard by Universal Furniture
Before getting into all the juicy details, it’s helpful to take a moment and quickly run through the different types of furniture we’ll be talking about today.
These pieces are the ones that will save your life when you click ‘add to cart’ one (or thirty) times too many.
|Suited Storage Furniture
Now you’re 100% ready to dive into the four most important rooms of your house when it comes to storage — your entryway, dining room, living room, and bedroom — and learn how to maximize the space you have available in each of them.
Modern Server by Universal Furniture
Entryways (also known as foyers, mudrooms, and hallways) are often one of the most underrated and underutilized rooms in the entire house.
After all, you only spend a couple of minutes there each day, so why bother making this room perfect?
We get the logic, but the truth is different — entryways are fundamental hubs, both for you and your things, and you overlook them at your own peril.
Just take a look at this scene:
Does it ring any bells?
We’ll go out on a ledge and say it does. Why? Because the average person spends 5,000 hours (a.k.a. 6.5 months) of their lives looking for things they’ve misplaced, with keys, phones, and wallets amongst the worst culprits.
Now that’s what we call a royal waste of time.
But luckily, a properly organized hallway goes a long way in reducing the pain (and the rage) of having to waste months searching for lost items. And on top of that, it also gives you a couple of hidden locations to store away unused items, like that beautiful set of fine china.
What foyer furniture for storage should you get to reap these (literally) life-saving benefits?
Opaline Bar Cabinet by Universal Furniture
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a separate dining room; many of us have to make do with a dining table in the kitchen or one in the living room.
And that means, if you have a dining room, you have the moral obligation to make the most of it.
Please don’t just fill it with a thousand and one things — there’s no such thing as under dining table storage, well, unless your table has special built-in drawers, racks, or shelves (which is a great idea, by the way).
To put it simply, clutter around the places we eat is extremely harmful.
Scientists have linked it to unhealthy diets and poor eating choices, with people living in highly unorganized houses being up to 77% more likely to suffer from obesity.
Those are some pretty scary numbers. So rather than having to worry about your family’s health, do something about your dining room and make it as organized and clutter-free as a finely-tuned restaurant.
What will you need to get the job done?
Coastal Living Cabinet by Universal Furniture
We spend most of the time we’re awake (and at home) in our living rooms.
Living rooms are the backbone of family life, a place where we come together to share stories, watch a bit of TV, and enjoy each other’s company.
But they’re also a magnet for everybody’s stuff — kids leave their toys, teenagers their homework, video games, and backpacks, and parents their letters, laptops, and briefcases.
This mess isn’t exactly the backdrop you’re looking for when you get together as a family. And to make things worse, the extra clutter generates 40% more time- and energy-consuming housework.
And that’s simply not acceptable; something has to be done.
You should sit down and review your living room’s layout and current furniture.
Ask yourself questions like: ‘Is something missing from my living room? Is there a place that’s always full of clutter? Is anything that’s underutilized or not fully functional?’
Once you have a few ideas in mind, check out these five pieces of furniture we love seeing in a storage-optimized living room:
Winston Dresser by Huppe
Did you know that clutter in the bedroom can lead to sleeping problems and increased anxiety and stress levels?
Stress creates cortisol in our brains, which means that a messy bedroom can lead to binge eating, oversleeping, and poor pre-sleep habits.
So now that you’ve seen the light, let’s help you eliminate the clutter that’s stopping you from getting the best shut-eye of your life.
And no, you won’t have to throw away your thirteen cable knit jumpers or replace your ensuite bathroom with a DIY walk-in wardrobe (unless you want to, of course).
You can sneakily upgrade your bedroom’s storage capabilities by getting yourself the following furniture:
And while we could end today’s article here and you would have more than enough ideas for how to improve your home’s storage, we feel the need to be extra helpful.
So instead of jumping straight to the conclusion, we’ll deep-dive into one of the most critical types of storage furniture — the sideboard and its closely related cousins, the buffet and the credenza.
Trust us; you’ll want to read it for even more inspiration.
Melange Classic Credenza by Hooker Furniture
Three pieces of furniture are the undisputed heavyweight champions of stylishly adding storage space to your home:
You’ll want to add at least one to your home.
And while at first glance they might seem like exactly the same thing, there are slight nuances that distinguish these three multi-functional storage wonders.
But ultimately, these differences are just theoretical — you’re free to use these three pieces of storage furniture in any way that best suits your home. No one is going to fine you if you fall in love with a buffet and put it in your hallway.
With these semantics all cleared up, it’s time to show you a few examples.
|$5,885 - $7,435
|$1,825 - $3,040
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|Urban Elevation Credenza
Melange Greystone Four-Door Credenza by Hooker Furniture
Everybody goes on crazy shopping sprees from time to time.
It’s bound to happen.
But now that you know how to transform your home into a well-designed storage machine, you won’t have to worry about endless mountains of clutter, inconvenient storage facilities, or product returns.
You can simply redecorate and unlock your house’s full storage potential, room by room.
If you’re struggling with which room to start from, we recommend you take a deep breath and focus on the two areas you spend most of your time in, your bedroom and your living room.
Clearing out these two spaces will help free your mind and get the ball rolling towards the clutter-free house of your dreams.
And don’t forget that we’re right here if you need any extra help — just contact us or drop by our Calgary store (7133 11 St. SE, Calgary AB, T2H 2S1). We’ll happily point you towards the best storage solutions for your space, family, and usage needs.