Storage is always best considered sooner rather than later. Factoring in where to put all of your stuff once it is finished means the space will not only look great, but remain tidy and suit how you use the room. There are two ways of creating storage, dependent on whether the redesign is a simple move around, or a ‘back to brick’ makeover.

Plan storage early if you’re renovating

The trick with storage is to work out what you need to store first, then design around it. Start by thinking of your house as only the outer walls and roof. Then, work inwards to assess where storage can be created in awkward areas, nooks or alcoves, plus opportunities for making large rooms smaller and putting up a stud wall to make a walk-in wardrobe or dressing room.

By thinking about all of this during the initial planning stages, you’ll ensure that all available space is utilised well from the get-go and you can rest in the knowledge that builders won’t come in and board over usable space.

Update a room with clever designs

Take measurements and draw a simple, scale plan on graph paper so you can experiment with layout options and decide what pieces will sit where to get a feel for the space’s orientation. In most rooms, there will be key pieces, such as a bed or seating, to work around. It might be that moving a piece could open up a new ‘tall area’ perfect for fitted cupboards or drawers.

Even small alterations could make all the difference: relocating a power socket even 30cm could allow for wider fittings.If your home is open plan, room dividers for books or collectables will look modern and stylish. Look for off-the-shelf designs, specially commissioned pieces or try making a homemade version using scaffolding planks and metal tubing. Wall-hung units leave floor space free, but always check walls are strong enough to take the weight.

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Think creatively and you could create storage areas in existing rooms. For example, stud walls can be used to make an adjoining dressing room or walk-in wardrobe

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Sian Astley is a self builder, interior designer, landlord and blogger at Moregeous.com. With 20 years’ experience working in property, she’s passionate about DIY, crafts and renovating. She also regularly takes on clients’ projects to transform their homes into beautiful living spaces. Follow her on Twitter @Moregeous

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