It’s not always easy to keep clutter down to a minimum, but having the right designer storage solutions within your home will help to keep everything in tip-top shape.
We’ve designed this Storage Buying Guide to help you learn more about the different types of designer storage we have on offer and consider important factors before you make your final purchase.
The Right Storage For You
There are many different types of storage solutions available and knowing which to go for to suit your needs may not be as obvious as it sounds. For example, shelving isn’t just shelving – there’s modular shelving, adjustable shelving, open shelving and freestanding shelving, with many other options to consider.
Shelving & Sideboards
Depending on the space that you have available, shelving is a suitable storage solution for any room. From smaller units to place paperwork and books on, to large wall mounted systems for organising your entire room, shelving is the most versatile solution of them all. Sideboards are ideal for the dining room, living area, office or bedroom and offer plenty of storage space without impeding into your space.
Cabinets & Mobile Units
Cabinets are often found in bedrooms, bathrooms or offices and are perfect for those essentials that you need on hand whilst in a particular room. Our mobile units are mostly smaller in size, but are highly convenient for easy manoeuvring or transferring from room to room.
Clockwise from top left: Skagerak Georg Coat Stand, Skagerak Push Coat Stand, Normann Copenhagen Toj Clothes Rack, Muuto The Dots Metal Coat Hooks, Muuto Folded Shelves and Zeitraum Hide & Park Hallway Storage
Hooks, Racks & Stands
We sell a wide range of clothes hooks, coat stands, hangers and racks to help you keep your outerwear and clothing organised in style. Hooks, racks and stands are usually situated in hallways, bedrooms or bathrooms and are no longer seen as just functional necessities – many look fantastic as decorative items on their own!
Don’t forget, we also sell Wardrobes, CD Racks, Laundry Baskets, Magazine Racks, Shoe Racks, TV Stands and Umbrella Stands.
Things To Consider
As with any big purchase, it’s important to take the time to consider if the storage you’ve got your eyes on is suitable for you and your home. We’ve listed three essential factors that will help you tick the boxes and work towards making that final decision.
Measurements & Space
It’s all too easy to get drawn in by appearances, but focusing on the layout of your room and the measurements of your desired storage solution are two considerations you should ideally make before anything else. For example, it might be better to opt for high shelving over a sideboard if you have limited space, however much you love that Punt classic!
Adjustable & Mobile Storage
If you’re a globetrotter or like to rearrange your home on a fairly regular basis, then adjustable or mobile storage might be more convenient for you. Many of our cabinets and shelving units offer adjustable inside shelving, options for mobility or multiple configurations to help you build your storage to your own personal specifications. The Kartell Componibili Round Storage units are some of our bestsellers and offer style, mobility and intelligent design in one.
Don’t Be Afraid to Be Bold
Storage probably isn’t the first thing that you’ll want to consider when furnishing or refurnishing your home, but this doesn’t have to be the case! Rather than thinking of storage as something conventional and necessary, why not try doing something different with your storage? If you’ve got the space, we love the idea of using freestanding shelving as room dividers as an alternative to placing shelving against the wall.
If your main priority is function, then that doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style! For functional storage that will complement any interior, consider simple lines and shapes, softwood, neutral tones or crisp black or white.
The oak E15 SB05 Imari Chest of Drawers in either a tall or low version is perfectly streamlined and slim, whilst offering plenty of inside space for a variety of storage needs. For something a little smaller, the recycled Polymer felt finish of the Muuto Restore Storage Basket is perfect for nature lovers and any loose bits and pieces that you want to keep organised in style.
One way to keep things tidy in a functional yet intriguing way is by using pocket organisers. One of the most famous of all is the Vitra Uten.Silo, which can be used for decorative purposes, as well as to store stationery, tools, small books and more. The Normann Copenhagen Pocket Organizers are a minimalist delight and although they don’t offer much in terms of storage space, they are perfect for those miscellaneous items that you want to transform into a display. Keeping true to their understated style, Normann Copenhagen are also highly focused on practicality. Their Sko Shoe Rack designed by Simon Legald is robust, simple and typically Scandinavian, with any unnecessary details stripped away.
Simple forms, functional features and plenty of wood – we’re feeling inspired by the rustic Scandinavian-inspired look.
We can’t get enough of Hay’s simple clean-cut designs and the Hay Woody Column High Shelves are a flawless example. Made from durable solid oak, this freestanding ladder-inspired shelving unit has the additional appeal of visible joints, helping to give it that extra little bit of character. One of the most iconic Scandinavian storage designs of all time is the String Pocket Shelving unit by Nils Strinning, which looks sophisticated and classic in rich walnut and black. Multiple units of this award-winning design can be joined together for numerous combinations.
There’s nothing quite like the Muuto Mini Stacked Shelving System for transforming your possessions into a beautiful display. Also available in a larger stacked version, these contemporary shelving solutions from Muuto look fantastic anywhere in the home and encourage you to consider the composition of your items. The Reflect Drawer is another favourite from Muuto, thanks to its superb craftsmanship and the natural warmth of the oak wood. Perfect if you’re looking for something practical and spacious.
For hanging up your garments, the Swedese Tree Coat Stand is the perfect blend of art and function. Its elegant form and practical nature have helped to make it a staple within many a home as the iconic symbol of the modern Swede. It also works wonderfully as an uncovered decorative object, just like the Muuto The Dots Coat Hooks. Despite their functional purpose, these smoothly rounded hooks are designed to be exposed from time to time to be truly appreciated!
Sometimes, storage isn’t just there to serve its purpose. If you’re looking for a shelving unit, cabinet or bookshelf to become the main focal point of your room, then we have many bold and expressive designs to bring something alternative to your home.
Vitra are renowned for their classic yet remarkable designs, two of which include the Eames Hang It All Coat Rack and Corniches Shelves. Truly iconic, the Hang It All was designed in 1953 as a cheerful alternative to the conventional coat rack and can be mounted in successions on the wall as well as individually. The Corniches Shelves are as simple as they come, but transform when in use.
If you’re inspired by all things mystical and enchanting, then French manufacturer ibride offers the perfect selection. Taking form to a new level, the Junior Small Polar Bear Bookshelf is a 360-degree storage solution in the shape of a polar bear and is ideal for use as a striking focal point within the home or something a little different for animal-loving youngsters. The dreamy Cirrus Small Cloud Shelf is structured in a similar way to the Small Polar Bear Bookshelf and is perfect for ornamental trinkets and display-worthy possessions. It’s also incredibly easy to build!