The main goal of most home remodelling plans is to gain more space. This might be to make room for a family expansion, to give everyone some breathing space or to have more space for entertaining. Whatever your home remodelling goals are, you’ll inevitably end up with more room for storage, and a screen room is a prime example of how to use your new space for storage.
Storage benefits of a screen room
A screen room is a simple structure that sits on the top of your deck or patio immediately outside your home. While your deck or patio space can hold chairs, couches and other furniture specifically for entertaining, the lack of external walls makes it hard to use the outdoor space for storage. While the walls of a screen room are predominantly made from mesh, you gain the external wall of your home as a place to put storage devices in. Creative screen room storage ideas include:
- Bookcases – it’s amazing how much space bookcases can take up in your home, so by moving a lot of them to your screen room, you’ll gain a lot more space throughout your home. The presence of books in the screen also sets the tone for a calm, contemplative space and will encourage you and your family to use it as an at-home library.
- Display cabinets – the chances are high that you’ll use your new screen room space to entertain, whether it’s big parties or just as a place to eat with your family during the warmer months. To make the space feel more inviting, install glass fronted display cabinets along the wall to show off your best art pieces or your formal dinnerware. You can choose open shelved display cabinets, but remember the Calgary winds and summer storms that could damage these items.
- Ottomans and storage chests – some screen room owners choose to highlight the external wall as a “feature wall” especially if the siding is exposed brick or an exotic wood cladding. In this situation, you can still generate extra storage space by purchasing low level storage like ottomans or wooden storage chests. Not only will these provide you with hidden storage for things like blankets and pillows but they’ll also double up as room decorations as you can use similar fabrics and patterns as your furniture to disguise these hidden storage ideas.
What are you storing?
Of course, when you’re thinking about adding screen room storage to your home remodelling plan, you need to think about what it is that you are looking to store, as this will help you decide the kind of storage that you’re looking for. It’s also worth discussing storage options with your screen room building contractor as they may be able to hook you up with some built in storage ideas that could be built during the screen room construction. This will help your screen room storage blend in more naturally and reduce your overall costs