Buyer's Guide to Storage Furniture
BUYER'S GUIDE TO STORAGE FURNITURE
Great storage is essential for a clutter-free home, but as well as providing a place for all your stuff, it should look good, too.
Here’s all you need to know when you’re choosing.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO STORE?
Each room in your home has particular storage needs, so take a room by room approach when you’re planning. Remember to consider what you need to tidy away now, as well as how any collection might expand, so you don’t outgrow what you buy as soon as it’s in place.
Take into account the size, shape and weight of what you need to store, too, so the piece of furniture you pick is up to the job.
FIND THE RIGHT CLOTHES STORAGE
You’ll need space for hanging garments and folding them flat. Try to avoid more hanging space than you need – a bulky wardrobe can dominate all but the most spacious bedroom, creating a cramped feel. Our Button Oak Single Wardrobe has a neat footprint, and ordering a pair can be a better way to cater for a couple.
Look for a chest of drawers with high quality runners that’ll work smoothly – a daily tussle with a sticky drawer is no fun. Remember that a narrow chest of drawers can do double duty as bedside table and clothes storage space, if your room is tight on floor space.
PICK A CONTEMPORARY SIDEBOARD
Sideboards are back on trend, and it’s easy to see why. A sideboard can keep all you need handily close to a dining table, whether it’s in a separate room or part of a more open-plan living space, plus it’s a great way of corralling all the other bits and pieces any living area needs but you wouldn’t want on show. Display space on top makes this a must-have piece for every home.
Look for both drawer and cupboard space to make the most of your sideboard’s capacity. Table linens will need to be kept flat, while you’ll want shelving for china and serving dishes.
ADD IN DISPLAY CABINETS
With glass doors and shelves, a display cabinet allows you to show off your loveliest pieces without exposing them to dust or the attentions of little ones or pets. Pick a generously sized design that will hold pieces without crowding or you risk creating an old-fashioned effect.
GO FOR A TV STAND
It’s worth buying a dedicated stand for your television, PVR, games consoles and so on. They’re made to cope with the weight of your tech, and have space to run cables out of the back so you don’t end up with an unsightly mess of wires.
ADD IN SHELVING
Like display cabinets, open shelving will let you bring in the decorative pieces every room needs, as well as holding essentials, such as magazines, books, games and so on. For contemporary good looks, don’t pack out your shelving – think discrete groups when it comes to essentials so you retain an open, airy feel.
Don’t forget that shelving that looks good from either side makes a fantastic room divider in an open-plan scheme.
WHICH STYLE STORAGE TO CHOOSE?
As well as suiting what you store, your storage furniture needs to complement your home’s look and work with the other pieces you have in the room.
- Like modern interiors? Look for storage furniture that makes a statement – the trend is for pieces that flaunt their design credentials rather than blending in. The big tactile handles of the Button collection or the contemporary baroque lines of the Louis collection will suit cool hunters.
- Want a loft look? Check out pieces that combine wood with industrial components, such as cast iron and steel. Our Brunel sideboard is great for hideaway storage with an industrial vibe, or check out the open District 8 5 Tier Shelving Unit.
- Want pieces that’ll fit in easily? Focus on furniture with unfussy lines, simple door knobs and a wooden or white finish – such as the Dunham range – as it’ll stand the test of time and is a breeze to combine with your existing pieces.
WHICH MATERIALS ARE BEST?
Wood finishes are extremely robust and easy to care for. Look for hardwoods, which won’t be damaged by everyday use, or if you like furniture with character, reclaimed timber will look as if it’s been part of your home for years. Both are good choices if you have little ones, too, as they won’t show marks.
Lacquered finishes look ultra contemporary and will help reflect light around your room. Look for a premium grade coating for lasting good looks.