First things first, you need to decide whether you’re looking at fitted or freestanding storage furniture – or whether, in fact, you need any additional furniture at all. This will largely depend on how much you need to organise and where you’re doing it. If it’s just a few bits of household paperwork that you need to file away, you can probably find room for these in a kitchen cupboard or living room bookcase, so you can skip to the next bit about small scale organisation. But, if there’s just no room, or we’re talking about a much larger home office stash, then a dedicated storage space will be in order.
Freestanding is the easiest, quickest solution, and it’s an opportunity to add an interesting furniture design to your room too. A sideboard or a bookcase with an enclosed lower section (like this Chichester design) is perfect. In either case, you’ll have the opportunity to display prettier objects or books on top (or on the upper shelves), while hiding the less attractive things inside.
Fitted furniture might be something worth considering if you want a truly bespoke storage solution, or if you’re trying to maximise a small space. It’s often possible to box-out walls in rooms, creating a deeper cavity into which you can build flush-fitting cupboards or recessed shelves (using our Pembroke, for instance). This works especially well on outside walls as it’ll recess the window, thus creating a window seat, and you can also do it in hallways to make the most of these often underused spaces. It’s a bigger job, and one you’ll probably need a builder for, but you may feel it’s worth it.