3 Ideas for More Storage in Unusual Spaces

As a California Closets design consultant in Las Vegas, I see some interesting designs and architecture. Vegas homes all seem to have unusual or odd spaces that the builders considered decorative but that we all know are the bane of our existence! Can you relate where you live?

Weird alcoves, angles, cut-outs, tiny storage spaces or dust-catcher ledges, whatever we call them, they are ultimately a waste of space.

But there is hope for these misfit spaces: custom built-in storage.

When you create custom storage solutions in unique or odd places, you can have organization and beautiful design too.

Here are some designs that will get you thinking about the possibilities for your spaces:

1. Work the angles.

Angled walls can be intimidating, but they’re perfect for extra storage. In this system, we have full height and lower cabinets with a matching counter top in Antique White. This odd space can now be used to store plastic bins full of belongings in the cabinets and display accessories on the countertop.

Don't let an angled ceiling scare you off. Storage options abound!

2. Design the entryway.

It’s important to get organized as soon as you get home, otherwise clutter spreads throughout your house. A short shallow alcove at the entry can be designed with built-in shelving providing organization for shoes, purses, and backpacks. In this example, we designed shelving using a rich Windsor Mahogany finish.

A small space can actually be the perfect spot to store belongings as you come in the door.

3. Go vertical.

Remember to use your vertical space, you’d be amazed how much real estate it opens up. Here, a tall and narrow niche was turned into shoe storage just big enough to hold one pair of shoes in clear plastic shoe containers. Sounds small, but it actually opened up storage space for twelve pairs of shoes. A simple white finish made this closet system complete.

The number one rule of closet design: Use the vertical space!

If you’re looking for more storage space in your home, and you’ve maxed out your closets, consider transforming those odd nooks and crannies into usable, organized storage areas. Custom closets are a great option for maximizing space.

Do you have any strange spots in your home that are wasted space? How do you plan to deal with them?

Simone Jackson


Simone Jackson is a design consultant for California Closets Las Vegas. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design and uses her knowledge and skills in design to collaborate with her clients on the perfect solution for their organizational needs.

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