As 2020 comes to a close and we’re all preparing to welcome the year 2021, most of us are probably considering what our plans and resolutions will be for the new year. And, now that most of us have grown accustomed to the new normal and found ways to get the most out of every day, we finally have a bit of breathing room to focus on doing fun and exciting plans.
Lucky for you, if you’re the type that enjoys DIY home projects and isn’t sure of what to start with, we strongly suggest you look over these storage project ideas. They might not be as extravagant as an extra room or a full-scale renovation, but these ideas are an excellent way to start your home improvement journey for 2021.
Storage Projects: Cosmetic and Functional Renovations
You might be wondering, out of all the possible home improvement projects like landscaping or maybe even building an outdoor grilling station, why start with storage projects? One is that you can never go wrong with having extra storage, which makes them very functional. Two is that they still count as an excellent cosmetic uplift to any part of the house.
Sure, you could get away with many other home improvement projects as your starter, but adding storage elements are both accessible and often inexpensive compared to other large-scale upgrades. Plus, they don’t take a lot of time to build and assemble; a solid weekend or two is more than enough to get these done.
#1 Understairs Bookcases
With all this time spent hunkered down at home, many people have been picking back up very productive hobbies and using this opportunity to smoothen out some kinks in their lifestyle. Apart from getting in shape and busting out the workout circuits, many individuals have started rereading books and catching up on their favorite novels during their free time. So, what better storage element to add than an understairs bookcase for your collections!
Unlike your free-standing bookshelves, an understairs bookcase maximizes the space in your home, and you can get it custom-fit according to any design you prefer. From swinging doors to slide-out shelving and pull-out drawers, there’s plenty of variety to be had with understairs storage units. Plus, these aren’t limited to books alone and can be a great way to display trinkets and other vanity items.
#2 Custom Laundry Space
Most laundry rooms don’t get a lot of love when it comes to design; a traditional home will usually cram in a washing machine, dryer, and a small table to organize clothes and keep the laundry detergent nearby. So, if you’re tired of seeing the same old and outdated look, we definitely recommend building and installing a customer laundry space to keep all the necessities.
Important features include organization and lighting; all the extra space you’ll be getting from cabinets to shelving will make laundry more manageable, plus the extra lighting helps keep things in check and lightens up the place. And while you’re at it, you might want to consider cleaning the dryer vents and the washing machine water valves to make sure it’s in good condition and spot out any defects.
#3 In-House Bar Station
Sure, reading books and fixing up the laundry room are both excellent places that need storage elements, but if you’re looking for a project that leans more toward having a fun time, we strongly recommend building an in-house bar station. It’s not only perfect for serving guests and keeping your drinks well-organized, but it’s a great statement piece that welcomes you back home and tells guests you’re a man who values having fun.
For beginners, we suggest going with a dry bar to start because installing plumbing features can be a hassle for those not well-versed in adding running water, but you’re free to give it a shot if you have an expert to help you out. Soon enough, you’ll be making Godfather cocktails and serving cold ones the next time you have friends over.
A Change of Pace
2020 wasn’t the best of year, and many of us have been negatively impacted by the pandemic all across the world. So, for 2021, we think it’s high time we have a change of pace and give the new year the best start possible, and nothing does that better than transferring all our efforts into a fun DIY project.