Architectural Inspiration: More of Our Favorite Storage Ideas for Your Home

All of us at Morgante Wilson Architects are as storage-obsessed as you are. That’s why last time I shared some of our favorite ideas for building storage right into your home. This time, we’re at it again, with more ideas to help you get organized, reduce clutter, and create a more peaceful living environment. Read on for some of our most unusual, exciting ideas yet!


One of the most dramatic hallways we’ve ever designed, this one is lined with door panels crafted of quarter-sawn oak. What’s behind them, you ask?  A wealth of audio -visual equipment housed on custom designed shelving. Sound planning, we say.


While open-concept floor plans are the norm today, there’s no denying the appeal of being able to relax in the family room without catching sight of still-unwashed dinner dishes in the adjacent kitchen’s sink. A strategically placed room divider conquers that problem in style, defines the two spaces, and offers a host of practical storage. Win, win, win.


Recessed niches on either side of a massive fireplace wall provide convenient storage for a weekend’s worth of fireplace logs. Whether it’s snowing, raining, or you’re just feeling lazy, there’s no reason to trek outside to retrieve firewood when you can stash it right where you use it.


Or, if you’d rather keep your firewood out of sight, consider storing it behind closed doors. Built into the fireplace for easy access, this is another smart, practical way of  keeping logs at your fingertips.


Take a cue from houses of a bygone era, and build storage right into your walls to avoid the need for floor-hogging furniture. This idea works in any room, but is especially helpful in a dining room, where seldom-used dishes, glassware, and serving pieces can be enjoyed as display items when not being used at the table.


If you can afford to give up some floor space, paneled walls can secret an abundance of storage space. This dining room shows how it works: “walls” open to reveal shelves galore behind integrated doors that only look like architecturally rich millwork.


I hope you enjoyed this “out of the box” look at some of the most dynamic – and useful – storage ideas our talented residential architects have come up with lately. Would you like to learn more? Just give us a call!


Fred Wilson
Morgante-Wilson Architects
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