Drowning in the dratted domestic necessities or still mismanaging those beautiful collections? Make a logical cull of what’s not answering your needs, and then let the best of this season’s easily introduced storage solutions get you back on top ...

Divide and conquer

There is no organization in chaos. Manage everything from your kitchen drawer contents to your clothes, streaming by size and type. Plastic storage boxes will seal and reveal.

IKEAs pull out trays and drawer dividers are the best value on the market in both plastics and wood (Variera from €18). For the bathroom, investigate Dansani’s neatly covered compartments, dansani.ie. Full front to back operating shelves that fully pull out are shaking up the storage market. 

Prioritise

Going with one brand in your storage elements offers a unity of design. Chiva coffee table with flip-up compartments, new to Bo Concept (Denmark), here in white. Copenhagen walls systems available from €1,489, Bo Concept (Anrotts and Beacon South Quarter).
Going with one brand in your storage elements offers a unity of design. Chiva coffee table with flip-up compartments, new to Bo Concept (Denmark), here in white. Copenhagen walls systems available from €1,489, Bo Concept (Anrotts and Beacon South Quarter).

Some pieces should be put in moderate to long terms storage, and that means- well out of the way. Curating clothes to the season is a huge saving in cubic metres. Where you have tall cabinetry, use those vertical reaches for paraphernalia not needed for at least a month. Fit wardrobes directly to the room- probably the single best investment you can make if your clothes are killing the space. Triple bays from €800. Komandor (Kube Kitchens, Cork), Sliderobes (Limerick & Dublin), Slideglide (Togher), Slidesystems (Little Island) and Harvey Norman/Jutzler all have shifting, elegant collections.

Double duty

If it commands room, ensure furniture earns its place with discreet versatile storage talents or even the ability to move and provide function elsewhere. Betsy storage footstools start at just €249 at DFS, and their Empress Ottoman at €435 matches their magnificent quilted bedsteads from €1,159. Helen James’ clash of Deco and industrial in a Considered Trolley is aluminum and wood planks is new to Dunnes Stores this season, €250.

Display your best:

Sideboards have returned as a primary point of focus and offer masses of storage as standard. Martin Gallagher is a furniture designer maker from Sligo, and another success from the power house of GMIT Letterfrack. Large sideboard in grey oak and grey rippled sycamore with door and drawer compartments. Can be customised and offer different sizes, for an individual storage solution. To commission, martingallagherfurniture.com
Sideboards have returned as a primary point of focus and offer masses of storage as standard. Martin Gallagher is a furniture designer maker from Sligo, and another success from the power house of GMIT Letterfrack. Large sideboard in grey oak and grey rippled sycamore with door and drawer compartments. Can be customised and offer different sizes, for an individual storage solution. To commission, martingallagherfurniture.com

Only feature what you really want to be seen, and when it comes to ornaments and collections, consider circulating your favourites, keeping shelves lighter and giving objects room to breathe. We love the Quadratic brass metal shelf from April & The Bear, which standing on a radiator creates an oddly interesting dresser profile from an ugly panel heater, €92, aprilandthebear.com. Sideboards are back in sleek stretches that spatially improve any setting. Look to Irish makers for an investment buy, dccoi.ie. Vintage show-offs: Some of the great storage masters from the mid-century are still in production.

Take a look at String systems for delicate wall mounted shelving. Pocket shelves from €130, stringe.se (available through Lost Weekend). Sir Terence Conran’s Balance Shelf is sculptural and masterly, €690, John Lewis. CA Design offer the ‘working art’ of Charles and Ray Eames in magnificent reproduction, €950, cadesign.ie. Vitra original €2,364, ambientedirect.com.


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