How to Furnish a Home With a Shortage of Storage

We asked local design experts for their tips on solving common space issues with smart furnishings.

Photograph by Ali Lanenga

Before you start searching for storage solutions, [Dekora Home Staging‘s] Jeff Goth advises a good decluttering. A “clear and thorough purge,” as he puts it, of things you don’t really need could be exactly what you need. “Talk to a professional organizer, there are all kinds of them out there that can come and help you go through your stuff,” Goth says. “I can’t stress enough that if you get rid of a bunch of stuff, you might solve your storage issues.”

If storage woes remain after decluttering, Goth has plenty of other ideas. He has created storage solutions with dining-room consoles, storage ottomans and side-by-side chests of drawers.

If your home has a shortage of built-in closet space, [Albi Luxury‘s] Brigitte Allensworth recommends using the home’s vertical space – an armoire, leaning bookshelf or pivoting tagre with cubbies, for example.

“There are special pieces of furniture for all applications,” Allensworth says. “A lot of homes are built with the footprint already established because of the land. You just have to work with what you’ve got, but there are a lot of good furniture options to make a space work.”

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