5 Simple Steps To An Effective Small Space Storage Strategy


When it comes to annexes, small space storage solutions are an important consideration just as they would be in any home.

We are lucky to work with a superb design team who design and manufacture all our residential lodge style annexes and they specialise in designing floor plans with maximum storage.

Creating the right flow in your annexe is an important way to make it feel and function like a real home.

We also get some great ideas and input into annexe designing from our customers who opt for for one of our custom build on site annexes.

So we usually come up with a great working solution between us all that suits the overall design and style the customer wants AND meets their needs when it comes to appliances, easy maintenance and of course storage solutions.

Although people’s first perception of an annexe is that they may be small, most are the same size as an average apartment or bungalow.

So we thought we’d put together 5 simple steps that anyone can follow that maximize small space storage ideas based on our experience with our design team and our customers. 

We recently wrote an article that compares annexe sizes to bungalows.

1. Choose colours that help create a feeling of space

Keep 80% of your colours neutral throughout your home or annexe as this will help create an illusion of space.

By using the same colours throughout your home or annexe you will also create a flow that feels totally co-ordinated helping you to feel more relaxed just like a show home does.

All our residential lodge style annexes are designed for you to see yourself living in them.

And one of the most popular aspects of our lodge ranges is that you can choose your carpets, curtains, blinds & sofas in a wide choice of colours and fabrics to match your individual style preference.

Hence no two annexes or lodges are ever exactly the same.

It also makes shopping for accessories more fun when you know exactly what colours you are using and you can add a splash of colour in your accessories that is both interchangeable room to room and easy to update every time you want a fresh look.

2. Make full use of every bit of space

We live in a world where storage solutions for every space are readily available.

As part of annexe living involves downsizing for most people, creating a clean, well organised space is the top of most people’s wish-list.

Think about every space and double up wherever you can to maximise storage in all the important areas.

Some ideas to get you started planning ahead might include:-

3. Decluttering helps make way for new things to come into your life.

For a lot of our annexe customers their home has been home to them for decades. It may even have been where the children grew up and memories were made.

For certain there will be loft areas, closets, cupboards and boxes that need sifting and sorting before you begin your new annexe chapter in life.

It can be daunting, yes, but also very therapeutic. It’s also a bit like Pringles, once you start you can’t stop! 😉

Very often we see a whole new persona emerge during the process as our customers see the opportunity for a fresh start. That’s the Beauty of Annexe living, of course!

Some tips on de-cluttering without overwhelm may include...

4. Create a Pinterest board for your annexe and start collecting

A lot of our annexe customers delight in showing how they have pinned lots of ideas to their Granny Annexe Boards on Pinterest.

We are on PINTEREST if you want to follow us too!

Pinterest is like creating a mood board of your new annexe space that allows you to easily collect ideas from websites & Google and “PIN” them to your Pinterest board.

5. Use every vertical space available

When it comes to small space living and designing, you have to rethink the space from every angle.

Using every vertical space you can really helps pack in a whole lot of storage space in a neat and organised way.

In your living space create a media wall on the largest vertical space for your TV, books, accessories and added storage.

And if you can add a fireplace or a wall mounted modern fire, great!

For clothes storage think about adding vertical shelving, rails and drawers to your wardrobe space (sliding doors take up less space and offer the best solution to create a walk-in style wardrobe that doesn’t need a lot of space to work beautifully.

If you are still stuck with organising your wardrobe, check out Martha Stewart’s closet organisation system for inspiration..

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