10 rules to know to create storage
Ah, if we could find his home ordered and clean on the way home from work ... The bazaar is insidious. The slightest negligence on our part and here it comes. Yet, some smart and practical storage can eradicate the plague. Proper storage is an art that requires a minimum of reflection. And here are 10 tracks to follow before installing cupboards, cupboards or shelves. The architect Didier Knoll gives his tips and tricks to end the mess, the clothes that hang in the living room and other pairs of shoes that accumulate in the entrance.
"All arrangement well thought out favors the living space within a home. "It's the architect Didier Knoll who says it.When he begins the construction of an apartment, a house or even a hotel, the one of his priorities is to facilitate storage. ten simple and effective rules.
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1. Get rid of the useless before creating storage
We all tend to accumulate. Books, clothes, objects ... Now, it is antinomic with storage. Especially in small areas. "At home, we must keep only the essential, to have the least things to put away, ask, store and gain space, "recommends Didier Knoll, so you have to make a clean sweep - in other words: do not hesitate to sort out the superfluousor even throw it away or better, give it away.
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2. Optimize the space before installing storage
Each room profile corresponds to a type of storage. Yes the room is small, we prefer the storage in height for the sake of saving space and for optimize space. If the living room is large, you can bet on a chest of drawers, a cupboard, which can also be mixed with storage height -measured or self-assembly, such as a library for example.
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3. Facilitate everyday life and storage habits before creating them
Ranger is also stalling on habits, preferences. If you have more clothes to bend, better create shelves or arrange lockers in a closet or dressing room. On the other hand, if you have a majority of jackets, shirts, trousers or suspenders to suspend, you must focus on the rods. Do not forget to respect a certain depth to avoid hanging on an angle. The ideal being to predict a dressing room or a wardrobe at least 55 cm deep. "A storage is also thought according to the size and age of the inhabitant," says Didier Knoll. Indeed, climbing on a stepladder to reach a pile of books is not recommended for older people. So we put on storage in width among seniors and rather high among the youngest.
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4. Do not forget the ventilation in a closed storage
If, with open storage, dust is to be removed, with closed storage spaces, care must be taken that the interior does not smell ... musty. For this Didier Knoll recalls the relevance ofventilation in a closet or a dressing made to measure, "in order to circulate the air".
5. Focus on the durability of materials
To create the doors and shelves of a storage, the wood has one of the best profiles. Because it resists everything: weight, water, time. And because it can be painted in a color matching an interior. Same scenario with the plywood, where one opts for planks 18 to 20 mm thick. But however, beware of melamine, more fragile: it is better to reserve it for shelves on which we will not rank anything too heavy. As for aluminum, it is an additional option for closet sliding doors or dressing room. And especially since this material combines the advantages: it is both strong, durable and up to two times cheaper than wood.
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6. Dare open storage for a decorative touch
"The linen, even some clothes, can find their place in open storage, still suggests the architect Didier Knoll. Provided that these effects are as well bent or hung as in a shop, because they become decorative elements. " we put them on stage like in a decor. This also works for culinary elements.
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7. Take advantage of a color for decorative storage
We can bet on a bright color for a closet, a wardrobe, a shelf. "However, do not dissociate the color of the volume to paint," warns Didier Knoll. So the choice of a red or a blue, for example for a bathroom closet, can create a harmony with the omnipresence of the white in this room, "if the closet is small. apparent then to a spot of colorlike a pillow on a sofa. "On the other hand, if the cupboard is big and clean, you'll only see him on entering the bathroom, which can quickly tire or stare.
8. Organize the interior of the storage
To facilitate the use of shelves in a cabinet or drawers of a dresser, they must be arranged. To do this, there is boxes, lockers, baskets which allow to sort, classify, and locate, to gain space and time.
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9. Facilitate the opening of cupboards
No more handles ! Drawers and cabinet doors can now be opened with just one touch, just like some household appliances such as a refrigerator or dishwasher. It is sufficient to claim it from the carpenter, in the case of a custom storage, or when buying a kit furniture. In the end, it's more aesthetic and especially much more practical.
10. Make room with sliding doors
Replacing the swing door of a closet with a sliding door earn almost a square meter in a room, a hall, a corridor. So in a small area, we do not hesitate to opt for storage with sliding closures. Even in a dressing room or laundry room, they can facilitate the organization of the space.
The architect Didier Knoll invites to make clear: "at home, we must keep only the essential".