Our storage room downstairs has been a mess ever since we moved in 4 years ago. The room was a typical unrenovated basement room, with a concrete floor and unpainted walls and only a few ugly shelves that made it impossible to make it organized and nice in there.
But finally this has now changed! After renovating the surfaces and getting the Elfa shelving and drawer system this summer, we now have the most organized and practical room I have ever had! With the good help from Elfa the system got designed to fit perfectly our needs and stuff we have. Suddenly we have a place for everything – and we are able to find it when we need it. On top of that I must say that it looks good!
The room itself is quite big, so in order to keep things organized and to be able to separate clothing from other kinds of things, we divided the room by putting up sliding doors in front of the storage systems. We now have one room for basic storage stuff and one as a little walk-in closet for shoes, jackets and clothes that is not for the current season. In the middle we have an empty room that we haven´t quite decided on what we are going to use it for . It´s unbelievable that we suddenly have all this empty space left after storing all the stuff that used to fill the whole room…! This proves how much a good storage system can give you of extra space, I guess : )
How cool are these Elfa sliding doors? I love them!
As an aesthetist, I wanted to create a tidy look behind the sliding doors, so I bought a lot of white boxes in different sizes to make a clean and calm palette. Each box has different content, so I can easily find what I´m looking for. In the drawers I have for example small boxes for batteries, light bulbs, tools, decorations etc. Transparent boxes is probably more practical if you want to see what´s inside, but they will make it look more messy. Therefore I went with the white cardboard ones, and this way I can hide all the “not so pretty stuff” in pretty boxes.
On the other side of the room we now have a little walk-in closet. Finally, I have a place for all my shoes so I can see them. Oh joy! It´s also room for extra jackets that we don´t have room for in our hallway or that are for another season. In all the drawers we have lots of space for winter and sport clothes too. So much more practical than storing it in the plastic boxes that we used to..
Our walk-in closet without the doors so you can see the Elfa system.
We have the same sliding doors in front of the walk-in closet, so we can close it if we want.
Lastly, I have to say that one other thing I like about Elfa is that with their good design you can use their smart system as a part of the interior in many type of rooms, not only for the typical storage room. I recommend you check out all of their different ways of good storage solutions on their website – so inspiring!
I hope you got some tips and got inspired by our new storage solutions!
photos © Nina Holst