Category Archives: Storage Ideas
Dear Design Diva,
I have to replace my sleeper sofa, but don’t know what to get. I have overnight guests frequently but don’t have a guest room, so I need a place for them to sleep. My guests never really got a good night’s sleep on it anyway because they said the springs dug into their back. Any suggestions?
I am really happy you wrote to me now, and not before I went to the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC. While visiting the most recent show, I learned of a company, Shoehorn Furnishings, that is making fantastic sofa sleepers, loveseat sleepers, and chair sleepers that are incredibly comfortable. You can rest assured, as I tried them out and it was wonderful.
What makes them so special is that all the pieces come with an air mattress with dual pumps. You inflate it or deflate it according to the firmness you desire. Another special feature is that the deflated mattress stores in the sofa back, rather than beneath it like traditional sofa beds. This allows them to build in a large drawer on the bottom for storing your extra linens, blankets, and pillows. It is amazingly practical.
Another plus is the sofa sleeper is lighter in weight than traditional sofa sleepers and is easy to move when you have to. I can’t tell you how many sofa sleepers I’ve left behind because they were too darn heavy to move.
If all that wasn’t enough good reasons to buy it, the fact that the mattress can be removed and taken with you when you go camping or visiting someone else has got to clinch the deal.
I hope you are as excited about this new product as I am! Have fun with all your guests!
The Design Diva
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Dear Design Diva,
My husband likes to watch TV in bed, but the cabinet that holds the television takes up so much space I can’t have a dresser. I don’t really like how TVs look in the bedroom and our room gets really messy without enough storage. Unfortunately hubby said if the TV goes, he goes with it. Do you have any ideas?
As more people are demanding a TV in the bedroom, more options are being offered. One solution would be to hang a flat screen TV on the wall, allowing plenty of room below for a dresser. The dresser to the right was custom built with lots of storage for both clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Another idea is a dresser designed with television in mind. These newer styles are about the size of a chest, with the top level open for your TV equipment. This extra detail gives you lots of drawer space for storage, but also allows you to prevent the cable box or DVD player from cluttering the surface.
Since most bedrooms have a mirror, a third option is a new product that looks like a framed mirror when not in use, but with the click of a remote becomes your television screen. It is pictured to the right above a mantle, but would work beautifully above a dresser, too.
The final idea is for those with a large decorating budget, since it is the most expensive option. A cabinet sits at the foot of your bed, and keeps the television hidden when not in use. When you are ready to watch TV, the television rises out of the cabinet in seconds. Some of these cabinets even allow the TV to swivel, in case you’d like to watch from a seating area instead of in bed.
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I have moved into a small home and have a lot of stuff but not a lot of closet space. How can I keep my belongings, but avoid clutter?
Here are 5 ways to hide your clutter in your new home:
1. Storage Ottomans – Instead of a coffee table, use a storage ottoman to hide extra pillows, blankets, towels, water bottles, toiletries, etc and you can instantly turn your living room into a guest room. If you have trouble fitting all of that in your ottoman, invest in one of those bags that you use a vacuum to suck the air out of to be able to fit in the confined space. This also leaves your linen closet free to store the linens you use on a regular basis. You can also put one at the foot of your bed to store off-season clothing.
2. Storage Cubes – These are great for small spaces because they multitask. You can stick them in corners or under console tables and pull them out for extra seating when you have more guests than chairs. Meanwhile, they are surving double duty by hiding extra office supplies, holiday decorations, or that rarely used fondue pot.
3. 32 Gallon Trash Can – Few people realize this, but a 30 gallon trash can is a good height for a side table. When you are at the hardware store purchasing one, also pick up a pre-cut round piece of wood. After you fill the can with your stuff, cover it with the piece of wood and throw a tablecloth on top. You can cheat and use a king-size fitted sheet purchased from the clearance section of a bed and bath superstore and tuck the elastic edge to the inside to have a billowed hem instead of a hem with a straight edge.
4. Hanging Shoe Rack – This is great for storing smaller items in every room of your home. In the hall closet keep extra batteries, extension cords, flashlights, gloves, scarves and sunglasses for easy access as you need them. In the kitchen, use it for extra napkins, silverware, envelopes of powdered drink mix, tea bags, and spices. On the back of the bathroom door you can store skin lotions, hair products, washclothes, blow dryers, and straighening irons (once they’ve cooled off). In the home office, store extra ink cartridges, pens, pencisl, stapler, calculator, and business cards. In the bedroom use it for socks, bras, underwear, scarves, perfume, or jewelry.
5. Under the Bed – This is a goldmine of space to store your rarely used, over-sized things. You can store wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape in a container ready for your next occassion. Under-bed storage containers can keepsake works of art your children created, you can slide suitcases underneath to store them, and also have the option of filling them with excess items before sliding it under. To maximize the room under the bed, you can purchase risers which lift the bed an additional 10 inches off the floor so your storage height increases.
I hope this helps you and your storage problem!
The Design Diva
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