Having extra space in your home in the form of a spare bedroom is a luxury that you can easily put to use. To get the most out of this bonus area, start by determining what would be most useful to you. Is it a closet large and luxurious enough to live in? Is it an overflow area for children’s toys? Then, to make your personalized storage dreams come true, turn to pros like those at The container store to map everything.
Home organization paradise has a team of design specialists available in-store, from home or virtually to help you translate that vision in your head into real life, using customizable systems to create any type of design. ‘storage space. “Each system offers something unique, from simple functionality to effortless luxury, while maximizing every inch,” says Chiffon Cummings, business solutions and business marketing manager for The Container Store.
Read on for his insider tips on transforming your diverse area into a peaceful and functional haven.
The personalized closet
For the fashion-forward, a walk-in closet might take precedence over a new kitchen (we call it take-out). And when it comes to configuring the space, it’s not just about creating storage; it’s also about showcasing prized pieces (aka handbags) as works of art. Designing a closet where every item and accessory has its place is the way to achieve a boutique feel, where you can easily locate your favorite items.
In a system like Avera, for example, the design is in the details. The “patented wall design puts built-in beauty at your fingertips,” says Cummings. Think: LED-lit glass platforms to showcase your high-end handbag collection, a wall of slanted shelves with heel stops to access every last stylus, drawers with custom compartments for hold sunglasses and jewelry, and lockers designed to hold tote bins. Iterated in various wood or glass tones, the shelves can be cut to any length with color-matched trim, drawers, and cabinetry so they coordinate with your collection, naturally.
The organized office
Now that our homes often serve as remote workspaces, having the ability to turn a spare room into a separate office – with an actual door – is the ultimate luxury. So when an opportunity presents itself, it means making the most of that space by using every nook and cranny. Consider vertical shelving, a built-in desk, and pull-out drawers to keep clutter at bay.
Cummings loves it Elf Decor line for these types of configurations. “It combines the strength and flexibility of Elfa Classic with the beauty of wood and options like solid shelving, trim and drawer fronts,” says Cummings. Pair a modern minimalist home with white steel or warm it up with walnut or birch for a more traditional space. “It’s designed to work the wall,” advises Cummings. “Build with a wall-mounted desk and built-in or floating shelving, add modular bookcases, keep files and documents contained in closed cabinets or a filing cart, or hang a wall rack to store supplies close at hand.”
The Media-Meets-Guest Room
Setting the stage for a media room that’s actually welcoming is all about balancing sophistication and equipment storage, especially if you want it to be nice enough to host your in-laws when they’re in town. Hiding all that unsightly AV gear requires a clean look to hide the cord chaos. In the right finishes, floor-to-ceiling cabinets can look like built-ins, without having to hire contractors. Cummings recommends a bespoke option like the Preston collection, which combines refined design with functional advantages (note that it is also ideal for custom closets).
Crafted from recycled and reclaimed wood, and available in 11 finishes ranging from chalky white to midnight black, the system also offers options for glass doors and LED lighting, which give artwork a gallery feel and framed books. Shelves provide the perfect opportunity to display collectibles and photos, while lockers can house a record collection and a sound system.
And speaking of this guest bedroom, if you’ve never considered a Murphy bed, Cummings notes that it’s a great option for accommodating without having to constantly stumble over a seldom-used bed. Go for something like Preston’s Murphy bed, which when tucked away matches the rest of the cabinetry in the room for a clean design.
The laundry in uniform
Maybe you’re the type who prefers practicality to a social media-worthy pantry: you dream of having a streamlined place to store tools and tech. A wall hanging system made from durable components has the flexibility to move around like a modular puzzle to configure to suit your storage needs, says Cummings.
Elfa ClassicThe steel ventilated shelving system allows for easy access and adjustment, with the ability to hang shelves, install mesh drawer baskets or pole hooks. Kids can store their own stuff with easy access and see-through shelves. See at a glance whether you need to restock your cleaning supplies or turn a wall into a classic pegboard where every tool is lined up. And if you have a hobby that requires a place to craft, attach a built-in work surface.
Do you feel inspired? Start by measuring your replacement part so you have the basic dimensions and make a wish list of the functions and features you would like to achieve. Then schedule an appointment with a wardrobe expert and start bringing your vision to life.