For our latest lookbook, we’ve collected ten interiors that use clever storage solutions, including custom-made shelving, pegboard walls and hidden bench spaces, to create streamlined, uncluttered interiors.
These homes from the Dezeen archive all feature storage design that helps them make the most of their space.
From Taiwan to Portugal, from micro apartments to homes with double-height ceilings, there are solutions for homes of all sizes.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include homes with playful slides, stylish plywood interiors and interiors with window seats.
Architecture studio Atelier Espaço P2 inserted wood-lined interiors into this single-storey home in Ansião, Portugal.
It used custom-made built-in furniture elements to make the most of the space, including a wooden surround at the living room threshold that doubles as a bookshelf and coat rack.
A clever pegboard-like wall design was used to create adaptable storage in this apartment in Taiwan. The owner of the 46-square metre apartment can add shelving to the wall and use it to display and store books and decorative items.
The shelves can be moved and added to whenever he wants, creating an easy storage solution that can be continuously expanded.
In Madrid, a disused art studio was turned into a mirrored extension by studio Delavegacanolasso.
Inside the 50-square-metre house, the studio has added plenty of built-in storage, which was designed to run around the periphery of the room to free-up floor space.
A wooden work desk by the window slots perfectly into the space above a storage area with simple, sleek white drawers and cabinets.
To connect the two floors, the studio designed a blocky wooden staircase. A matching double-storey bookcase covers the wall behind and integrates shelves, windows and a desk to create a clever storage unit that also functions as a workstation.
With its added cabinets underneath, the custom-built shelf enables the owners of the flat in a former matchstick factory to really take advantage of all of the room’s available space.
StudioAC added short wood cabinets, which it describes as “contemporary wainscotting”, to the Borden residence in Downtown Toronto to create storage and give the impression of more space.
On the ground floor, one of the cabinets stretches throughout the open-plan space to form the base of a built-in fireplace and kitchen counter.
Architecture studio Jonathan Tuckey Design filled this apartment in London’s Marylebone neighbourhood with pastel-coloured storage walls.
These deep-set walls are made from medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and were designed as built-in furniture, negating a need for standard shelves and cupboards. In the bedroom, open shelves were added to the storage walls to create bedside tables.
The wooden Slim Fit house in Holland is spread over three floors and makes the most of its 16-square-metre footprint.
Bookshelves have been fitted to the back wall of the stairway to both add storage space and creative a decorative detail.
The 30-centimetre-high floors are hollow so that items can be stored underneath. Users can also hang shelves and hooks on the perforated walls for more convenient storage solutions.
These South Korean micro apartments have birch-lined walls with hidden storage to maximise useable space.
Window seats feature hidden storage underneath and the walls have multiple cupboards. The minimalist apartments measure between just 16 to 23 square metres in size.
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing window seats, plywood interiors and playful slides.