Using Vertical Space to Make the Most of Small Rooms
Most of us humans tend to think in two dimensions most of the time. Consider how the majority of our world is laid out, maps, GPS directions, your desk at work. Even though we inhabit a three-dimensional world, our day-to-day activities mostly happen in terms of left, right, backwards, forwards. (Or for those of us cardinally inclined — north, south, east, west.)
Naturally, this tendency is often reflected when homeowners start to think about remodeling. Most initial plans for a space where ample storage space is necessary will try to fill all available floor space with cabinetry. While this is not necessarily a mistake, many opportunities can be missed by not considering the up-down possibilities. CliqStudios’ professional kitchen designers have experience leveraging all three dimensions, and quite often will be able to create a design that puts unused space to work!
“Going vertical” works especially well in smaller spaces, as maximizing that area can even double the storage capacity of some rooms! You can easily see in the photo on this page how “stacking” cabinetry dramatically increased the storage capacity of this laundry room. Certain washers & dryers will even allow you to stack them on top of each other, freeing up significant floor space to allow for cabinets, shelves, and utility sinks.
This Old House recently featured a laundry room with a shower that doubled as a place to wash the owner’s often muddy dogs. How’s that for maximizing a space — it’s laundry room, linen closet, shower, doggy bed, and dog wash. It was all fit in neatly in a roughly 7′ x 9′ space because they were able to “think up!”
Please note, the cabinets shown on this This Old House article are NOT CliqStudios cabinets.