Student accommodation, while it certainly varies in size and character, generally tends to be – well – small. If you’re coming from a big family home this may prove problematic as you try to maintain a level of order with very little space to do so. In fact, even if you’re family home was not a sprawling mansion, there was still space for stuff.
So, unless you plan on living an entirely minimalist life with nothing but a kettle and a backpack, you’re going to have to find some creative storage solutions.
Here’s what we’ve found.
Smart storage solutions
Small spaces can look cluttered very quickly unless you’re a total neat freak. (Who has time for that, seriously?) And this makes shelving in the form of crates, pallets, or open shelving units a pretty smart hack as they create a visual barrier to delineate separate spaces within your room. At the same time, they provide essential storage space without bringing a dark, heavy look.
Using the walls
We appreciate the value of shelving, but perhaps we can look up a little more. For example, kitchen shelving very seldom goes to the ceiling. But wait, we hear you say. We can’t reach shelving at that height, which makes it a little pointless. Not so! There will always be kitchen items which are used less frequently than others; a juicer, waffle-maker, cocktail shaker? A few extra shelves in the kitchen or bathroom will serve you well.
While on the topic of wall hangings, many students have found it useful to make use of brackets to hang their bikes or boards when not in use.
It may be a little more industrial than what you’re used to, but a pegboard as you might find in a hardware store is an incredibly useful storage device. With adjustable shelves which you can simply click on or off as the need arises, a pegboard may be just what you’re looking for to get things off the ground and out of the way.
What smart storage solutions have you made use of in your student accommodation? We’d love to hear from you.