Home Storage Solutions - Our Picks

Why Storage Systems

Stuff. Everybody has it, but nobody knows what to do with it. From those gorgeous stilettos that are only worn on special occasions, to the five bottles of 50 litre washer fluid bought on sale, it becomes more difficult to justify buying these things when you have nowhere to put them! Thankfully, there are many storage solutions on the market, to help find a home for your stuff. These home storage ideas are excellent whether you are the type to build and install them yourself, or a tool-free assembly if you don’t want too many small pieces to work with. No matter what you need it for, there is a home storage solution for you!

What's Out There?

There are storage solutions for everyone to organise their homes, from their garage, shoes, outdoor supplies, or even their kitchen. It could be to add shelving or cabinetry to stow your belongings in a small space, a way to declutter your larger space, or anything in between. No matter the reason, there are multiple styles and sizes to fit your storage needs. For an easy and affordable way to organise your home, these storage solutions will be the best stepping stone for a well systemised life. From indoor and outdoor shelving and racks, to a cable lifted rack, or even sleek cabinetry and profile boxes, there has never been an easier way to stay organised.

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Sterilite 4-Shelf Cabinet

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SafeRacks Overhead Storage Rack

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Rubbermaid 3-Handle Lowe-Profile Box

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Home Storage

General home storage ideas are ideal for having an extra shelf or cabinet for added storage in almost any room or closet in your house. They are perfect for any room, as they can be versatile in size and style, should you need it as storage for children’s toys, or extra shelving for important documents. The more durable your solutions for home storage, the better, as you want to be able to have one in any room, and while containing a large array of your belongings.

Garage Storage

For those who tend to accumulate more and more things that just end up in the garage, these are versatile, and useful. The stuff you accumulate can be used as overhead garage storage, or a garage ceiling storage for added floor room. There are multiple ways to make room in your garage for what you really need inside of it -like your car! Because we tend to store heavier items in our garages, these storage solutions are heavy duty materials made to hold hundreds of pounds of whatever you need to store. As the best use for a garage is to keep your car from harsh weather conditions (or, rather, keeping you from cleaning your car early in the morning), the varieties of garage storage solutions range from ceiling, or cable lifted to utilise the top space that you normally wouldn’t use!

Shoes Storage

Before debunking shoes storage as an unnecessary header, take a moment to count your shoes, and remember the last time you wore each pair. Maybe you just have one pair to last you through all four seasons, so it’s of no bother to you. However, we can hopefully assume that each of us has approximately one to two pairs of shoes per season. Not to mention those who need a specific pair for work, or the fact that some people have at least one pair of dress shoes for special occasions. With more shoes out of rotation than in, why keep them stored with your in-use shoes, when you can conveniently store them in an under bed shoe storage? It’s quick, convenient, and easy to find when you need to blow the dust off of your dancing shoes.

Outdoor Storage

If you don’t have a garage (or don’t have room in your garage), outdoor storage shed is important. It can hold what your garage can’t (especially if you don’t have one), and is convenient for keeping yard tools contained to save you the hassle of walking to it for every little thing! Though the storage shed kits look tough to assemble without a professional, most require a minimum of two people, and household tools, with simplistic instructions for your ease of mind. They are what metal storage sheds used to be, in terms of popularity, but the kit allows the added bonus of customization. By building your outdoor storage unit yourself (based on the model shown on the box), is that you are able to customise the placing of your shelving, and can work with what you have to create what you need. With kits around to make the perfect wood storage sheds, you won’t need to worry about investing in metal storage sheds again!

Kitchen Storage

Maybe your kitchen was the perfect size when you first bought your home, but as you’ve lived, and used it more, you’ve realised that you need a little more space. There are an array of kitchen storage cabinets to make a home for your regular pantry items, in different finishes and sizes to perfectly blend with your kitchen. These are very useful to redo your kitchen, without having to pay an enormous fee for custom installations. It’s quick, and easy, with little assembly required, as long as you have a screwdriver and a hammer!


What to Look For

A good storage solution will have optimal storage capacity, adjustable shelves or compartments, strong shelving to support heavier items, easy assembly, and an added bonus, is compact, and will not take up an enormous amount of room once assembled. Equally important, but not being ranked as personal preference is involved, are the aesthetics of the compartment, and how good it will look in your space! Without considering these factors, you may end up spending a lot of time and effort on something that won’t hold a sock without collapsing. The good news is that we’ve done the research for the top brands, so you don’t have to! Should you, however, want to research further to find what else is out there, make sure to look for each of the below factors.

Storage Capacity

When buying something whose sole purpose is to store your belongings, you want to be absolutely positive that it can store exactly what you need, and slightly more in case you go shopping again. Unless you require compact, and compartmentalise-able home storage solutions, they will not be listed as a “20 can-per-shelf pantry”, but rather, have its dimensions listed in inches and/or feet. To be sure you are buying the correct size, the most important thing is to measure, then remeasure your needed space requirement, so as not to purchase an item too small, or too large.


Adjustable Shelving/Compartments

Without question, your storage solutions should meet your needs. If you are buying something with fixed shelves or compartments that you cannot adjust, then you are making your needs fit your storage, turning this to a lose-lose situation for you. The more adjustable shelves offered, the easier it is to fit those taller, or wider, items you need hidden away, and the easier it is to customize your storage to fit your home. As time goes by, so will your needs, so if you can change up your shelf location or size, you can save yourself from the time and money in buying a brand new home storage system for your new requirements.


Strong Shelving/Compartments

Especially for the stuff you want stored in your garage or shed, you need your shelving to be able to withstand a heavy amount. This is for the large boxes, camping equipment, bikes, and whatever else you might need it for. It is equally important for smaller items, as you would want your interior shelving to hold your dry pastas, and canned food without falling through! When it comes down to the nitty gritty, you’re buying these storage solutions for yourself, and you need them to do their job. The least it should do is hold your property, so if it’s not able to do that, then what is it good for?


Easy to Assemble

Let’s face it: if you’re buying home storage solutions, you are doing it to assemble it yourself, and not spend the extra money to have a third party come in to install it for you. The packaging needs to include a straight forward instruction manual, as well as the hardware needed for assembly. Ideally, you won’t need more than a standard screwdriver and/or hammer, which you can borrow from a friend if you don’t have one at home. The easier the entire process is, the faster you come to the realisation that this may not have been a terrible decision, and the more you appreciate your decision and work in the whole process!

Compact

Obviously in this case, “compact” does not mean it is pocket sized, and easy to travel with you. It means that the storage solution you ultimately decide on purchasing will be large enough to fit everything you need to fit inside, but will not take up the width of your room, garage, or backyard in order to do it. Even better for smaller storage compartments for shoes, or smaller items, is to be able to fit in a closet, under a bed, or on a door, to keep it out of the way, so you still have a room to work and live in. A good compact storage solution will fit inside your desired room, without having to move around furniture, and make extra space for it, and without taking away from the focal point of the room.

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Rubbermaid Plastic Large Outdoor Storage Shed

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ClosetMaid Pantry Cabinet

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Home Storage

Home Storage

Sterilite 4-Shelf Cabinet

Good Storage Capacity - Yes

Adjustable Shelving/Compartments - Yes

Strong Support - Yes, up to 40lbs

Easy Assembly - Yes

Compact - Yes

The Sterilite is perfect if you need something compact and sturdy, and best of all, requires no tools. All you need to do is snap everything in place, and position it to where you need it to be. This feature, however, is not suitable for those who are tough on doors, as when force is added while opening or closing the doors, they can fall out of place. It is made of durable plastic, allowing for a simple clean, and versatile use, with handles that can be padlocked, should you need added security. It has a large interior is perfect for storing anything you’re tired of having lying around, and its rugged shelves are adjustable, with the capacity of holding up to 40lbs each. Because the Sterilite is comprised mostly of plastic, if heavy items are not evenly displaced on the shelving, the shelves may bow if not on the very bottom of the cabinet.

Pros

  • Adjustable shelving
  • Compact size, but spacious
  • Durable
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Doors are not sturdy
  • Shelves bow with heavy items

Best Used For

Home (rec room, family room, hallway) storage

Kitchen storage

Garage storage


Garage Storage

garage storage

Saferacks Overhead Storage Rack

Overview:

Good Storage Capacity - Yes

Adjustable Shelving/Compartments - Yes, customizable ceiling drop length

Strong Support - Yes, up to 600lbs

Easy Assembly - Yes

Compact - Yes

*Assembly is simple if you have the list of required tools (stud finder, drill, etc..), and are comfortable using them.

The SafeRacks is a heavy duty overhead rack ideal for hanging up as garage ceiling storage. You can hang this between 24” and 45” from your ceiling. It is made with industrial quality steel, and a powder coating for added durability. There are clear step-by-step instructions for installation, and SafeRacks offers phone assistance, and a web installation video, should you have any questions. This one is a little more time consuming, and will require familiarity with intermediate tools.

Pros

  • Very durable
  • Easy to install
  • Holds very well

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Items stored not easily accessible without a ladder

Best Used For

Garage Storage


Shoes Storage 

Shoes storage

Rubbermaid Configurations 3-Handle Low-Profile Box

Good Storage Capacity - Yes

Adjustable Shelving/Compartments -No

Strong Support - No

Easy Assembly - None required

Compact - Yes

The Rubbermaid Configurations is best for storing your shoes, wrapping paper, clothes, or any smaller items that can neatly be tucked away under your bed. There are no included compartments in this one, but instead, is a 41”x 17”x 5” soft container for your smaller storage needs. As its design is to be a stagnant shoes storage solution, pulling on the handles, as one would a suitcase, may cause tears from within the seams. The lack of liner means that the material of the profile box is easily tearable when tugged.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Spacious
  • Sleek look

Cons

  • Handles are not good for lifting
  • Flimsy material -no lining inside to retain its shape

Best Used For

Shoes Storage

Small Items


Pro-mart DAZZ Underbed Shoe Storage

Pro-mart DAZZ Underbed Shoe Storage

Good Storage Capacity - Yes

Adjustable Shelving/Compartments - Yes

Strong Support - Yes, up to 10lbs

Easy Assembly - None required

Compact - Yes

The major difference between the Pro-Mart and the Rubbermaid, is that the Pro-Mart comes with compartments inside of it for a more organised look and function. It is an underbed shoes storage, designed to fit up to 12 pairs of men’s or women’s shoes, and each compartment can be adjusted should you have larger or smaller items to fit inside. There is a clear zippered top for you to see each item you have stowed away, so you know exactly where to find what you are looking for, once you need it to resurface. Though, as this storage solution is not intended to be rugged and durable, the material is prone to tears and fraying upon consistent use.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Adjustable compartments
  • Clear top

Cons

  • Delicate material, prone to tears
  • Compartments are too narrow for bulky/heeled shoes

Best Used For

Shoes Storage

Small Items


Outdoor Shed Storage

Pro-mart DAZZ Underbed Shoe Storage

Rubbermaid Configurations 3-Handle Low-Profile Box

Good Storage Capacity - Yes

Adjustable Shelving/Compartments - Yes (Sold separately)

Strong Support - Yes, up to 20lbs each shelf

Easy Assembly - Yes

Compact - Yes

This Rubbermaid outdoor storage shed is ideal for a medium to larger sized yard, and can hold larger equipment including a lawn mower, and bicycles. The shelving (which does not come with the kit) is adjustable to your needs. It is a plastic shed, so though it won’t rust or attract mould, the plastic hinges are not the best for keeping your doors latched tight.

Pros

  • Leak, dent, and weather resistant
  • Double wall construction
  • Heavy duty plastic, impact resistant flooring
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Plastic door hinges not very secure
  • Pricey

Best Used For

Outdoor Shed

Tool Shed


Hopkins 2X4Basics Shed Kit, Peak Style Roof

Hopkins 2X4Basics Shed Kit, Peak Style Roof

Hopkins 2x4Basics Shed Kit, Peak Style Roof

Good Storage Capacity - Yes

Adjustable Shelving/Compartments - Yes

Strong Support - Yes (Supported weight will depend on your chosen material)

Easy Assembly - Yes

Compact - Yes

Storage shed kits are perfect for DIY novices or experts looking at wood storage sheds, and who can work with just the required tools, and plans to build it on their own. Whether you are searching for small storage sheds, or larger ones, there will be an easy to follow kit for you! For a standard 7’ x 8’ shed, this kit runs at $69.99, and will have all of your connector brackets, necessary materials list, lumber cut list, and assembly instructions to build the exterior of your shed. If you are looking to add shelving to this shed, you can do so with whatever material you desire, for whatever weight management you need.

Pros

  • Versatile -plans can be used to make any type of exterior storage
  • Simple to assemble
  • Durable in harsh weather conditions
  • Customizable -end product can look however you want it to

Cons

  • Lumber cost can be high depending on your wood of choice
  • Bracket mounts are flimsy -a second person is needed to help install

Best Used For

Outdoor Shed

Tool Shed

Playhouse


Kitchen Storage

Hopkins 2X4Basics Shed Kit, Peak Style Roof

ClosetMaid 1556 Pantry Cabinet

Good Storage Capacity - Yes

Adjustable Shelving/Compartments - Yes

Strong Support - Yes, up to 40lbs each shelf

Easy Assembly - Yes

Compact - Yes

The ClosetMaid Pantry Cabinet is perfect if you need kitchen storage cabinets for added space. They are ideal for small kitchens with low storage, and come with two adjustable, and two fixed shelves, which might not be ideal, but still allows for taller items to fit inside. It is made with laminated wood, and comes in a variety of finishes to be able to suit the decor of any kitchen.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Added details for aesthetics (covers for exposed fasteners, laminated wood, etc…)
  • Includes wall bolting hardware
  • Easy assembly

Cons

  • Only two adjustable shelves
  • Not very stable when not bolted to the wall

Best Used For

Kitchen pantry

Laundry room

Family room

No matter what you need to make space for in, or outside, of your home, there are many options for you to consider. From added shoe storage to conceal under your bed, to a shed in your backyard, there are plenty of ways to keep organised! With plenty of style options around, there is also one guaranteed to suit your home. Hopefully the above tools and tables will prove your search to be slightly less stressful, to help you keep on track with your storage solutions!