Quick tips on making home look more spacious

You might have de-cluttered, moved furniture around and even utilized a self storage unit but still find it hard to achieve your desired space. There’s a limit to how much space we can create without compromising our convenience. This is where these tips come in.

One easy way to give a “space” feel to your room is making use of furniture, such as arm chairs and sofas, that are raised on legs. Raised furniture allows for easier movement of light into the room. This effectively creates an illusion of having more space.

Living room space with high furniture

The use of transparent furniture like glass tables and plastic chairs, is another great way to make your room look spacious. Furniture pieces that are transparent allows you to see the walls and floor, giving the illusion of more space than there actually is. Where as, opaque furniture, completely blocks off space from view, giving your room the illusion of being smaller than it actually is.living room space with yellow arm chair and glass table

 

When buying curtains, be sure to get sheer curtains that can help elongate your room. Sheer curtains block minimal light, allowing the room to look and feel more open. Avoid the curtains touching the floor, so you utilize all the length and height of the room.

sheer-curtains

If you are a book lover, floor-to-ceiling bookcase is the best choice for your living space. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases gives an illusion of a higher ceiling. The symmetry and of the bookcase draws the eye upwards systematically, emphasizing the height of your ceiling.

floor to ceiling book shelf

Enjoy your new space!

4 tips to maximizing your garage space

Practical tips to transform your cluttered garage to self storage help

There never seems to be enough space in our homes and when we exhaust storage space inside, the garage fills the void. With limited amount of space, the garage can very easily becoming a cluttered dumping ground. Essentially, if it doesn’t fit in the house, it goes to the garage. Here at Hanover Storage, we recognize the importance of maximizing all spaces. Garages are used to store important items like tools, seasonal sport gear, and garden supplies, which when cluttered can be very frustrating.

These practical tips below will allow you turn your garage space from junk hell to storage heaven:

 

Keep, Dispose or Recycle

The first step in maximizing your garage space is deciding what your garage needs are. How would you like to use your garage? Do you intend to park your car in there during winter months then turn it into a workshop for summer? A good starting point in clarifying the needs of your garage is to figure out the items you need. Most importantly create an accurate inventory of items to be kept, thrown away and items that can be recycled.

Categorize and compartmentalize

Catgorized-storage-box-in-garageA great method in maximizing your  garage is designating space to all items with definite categories in mind. A great example, for sports lover, is store all sports equipment on one side of the garage and lawn care items on another side, allows items to be easily located when needed. Furthermore, you can use this method to structure your space with your current floor plan. We suggest that household items, should be closer the home doorway; items that are used more often should be easily accessed from outside. Seasonal bulky items such as ski equipment should be placed in hidden spaces within garage, that doesn’t take up primary space.

Send the Big stuff to self-storage

The most convenient and easily available method to maximizing your garage space is using self storage facility to store larger items.  Larger items such as sports gear, seasonal equipment and gas powered items are best kept out of the way till needed. At Hanover, seasonal storage is provided for items such as motorcycles, RV trucks and mid size cars for as little as $20 a month. In taking out larger items, you have more space to design and renovate your garage if you so wish.

Use every available corner

Kayak stored in garageThinking vertically saves enormous space in the garage. Garage walls can be useful when storing and inexpensive to utilize. A great start is recording the dimensions of the garage to determine use of space. An important way to maximize garage space is through overhead shelving which reserves premium floor space and keeps items out of sight from pets and children. Overhead shelves can be used to also store seasonal sporting gears such as skis. fishing poles, kayaks and snow boards. Open shelving and racks on the wall,  are also another great use of space in the garage instead of cabinets. Open shelves are easy to mount and can be multilayered to fit your desired categories.

Garages are untapped storage jackpot that most people ignore due to disorganization. Maximizing your space by determining the use of your space plus vertical arrangements may just be the key to using your garage for more than you can imagine. If the items are too bulky and need to be relocated for premium space use a self storage unit.

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