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Creating Storage Space with Plaster

New build homes are becoming smaller and more compact, meaning there is less room for storing all the essential clutter we need! Storage space is often kept to a minimum, usually an under-stairs cupboard, or built-in wardrobe, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

By using plaster we can craft some beautiful, space-saving storage areas that create unique interiors, exclusive home decor, and a tidier, less cluttered home.

This blog demonstrates the stages of a recent interior design, created by VM Plastering, in a living room for toy storage to be used by three young children and their parents. It incorporated a fireplace which had been closed off, but was re-opened with a wood-burner. The area also consists of shelving and cubby-holes for storage.

1. Select the Right Space for your Plaster Storage

Selecting the right area in which to site your storage space is essential to the success of your plans. Eaves areas, small alcoves, and such like, make ideal spaces for storage. However, if you don’t have any of these already, it is still a simple process to select the best place by using the following guidelines:

• Select a spot that is easy to access – it’s no use having storage space that is difficult to get to as you are less likely to use it (unless it is for permanent storage of items used infrequently).

• Use furniture/features already in situ as a natural feature – if you want extra storage in your sitting room, and you already have a TV unit, or fireplace as a central focus point, try siting your storage around these to incorporate them into the storage area.

• Make sure you have enough room for your plans – measure and plan your storage area well, ensuring there is enough space for your requirements. For instance, if you need extra office storage ensure you have measured folders, books, and so on, that will be used in the storage to ensure it all fits.

2. Plan your Plaster Storage

It is vital you draw up plans, take measurements, and consider what elements you require within your storage space before starting any work.

Spaces can be tailored to your personal requirements and your family’s needs, but they should be well thought out to ensure they fulfil all your specifications.

Consider aspects such as symmetry, aesthetics, practical use, and so on. As mentioned above, check that items such as folders, books, or toy boxes will fit in the spaces you want to create, and that you have factored in additional items such as lighting, mirrors, and other features that you want to be included.

3. Building your Plaster Storage

The next step in creating your unique storage space is construction! This can be done as a DIY job, if you are confident of your own abilities, or you can engage the services of a reliable plastering team.

This stage can take a few days if you are doing-it-yourself, but the following steps provide a checklist to give an idea of what is involved:

• Stud work – most plaster storage requires a base of stud work that uses CLS timber to form the basis of the structure

• Electrics – run any wires required for lighting at this stage as it can be incorporated into the structure remaining hidden once complete (if using an electrician they will do this for you, but it is worth checking at what point they would come in to do this)

• Plasterboard/Beading/Bonding – plasterboard is applied onto the timber base, any bonding (for free-flowing curved lines) should be applied freehand, and then any beading completed

• Scrim tape-joints – applying a scrim to joints helps limit cracks

• Plaster Skim – skim all surfaces to give a fine, smooth finish

• Paint – or decorate with embellishments you have selected after a few days, once the plaster is fully dried

Unique plaster storage spaces can be used anywhere in your home that additional storage is required; play rooms, sitting rooms, dining rooms, and so on, can all be transformed into clutter free areas while still containing everything you need.

Plaster storage is so versatile that once you start creating with it you’ll find it hard to stop. But then, when it’s this easy to create, why would you?

Whether it is a log storage next to a wood-burner, feature book shelves on a landing, or a toy storage area for your little ones, your plaster storage will keep your home looking beautifully unique, organised, and clutter-free for years to come.

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