Storage solutions to maximize your home

Homeowners frequently ask us how to maximize their home’s storage space. After all, a design plan that integrates smart storage is foundational to an organized home! This collection of clever storage solutions we’ve created covers nearly every area of the house. May these ideas inspire the calm you seek.


Mudroom and entry dropzone

Kitchen and pantry


Bedroom and multifunctional guest room

Master closet


Mudrooms and entries with organized dropzones

Upon entering your house, an orderly space designated for daily essentials enables you to feel organized from the moment you come home. Shoes, coats, bags, water bottles, keys, mail and all that other stuff we tend to “drop” at the door (hence the word “dropzone”) can be neatly corralled. It also creates more order when it’s time to leave the house, especially with kids!

mudroom dropzone in Clive, Iowa by Silent Rivers Design+Build

Did you ever think a mudroom could look so beautiful?! This home remodeling in Clive, Iowa involved creating a significant dropzone off the garage to keep this family of six well organized. Each family member knows which drawer, locker or cabinet houses their gear. The integrated shoe cabinet ensures street traffic dirt does not enter the heart of the home. There’s even a charging station built into a drawer. The position of the charging station is easily accessed from both the mudroom and the kitchen. More on this home remodeling project »


Dropzone in gray cabinets by Des Moines kitchen remodeler Silent Rivers

A lovely place to hang your hat! Even when there is not a lot of space, a small dropzone bench and “locker” is a breath of fresh air. No piles of coats and shoes. Orderly hooks, drawers and cabinets keep this critical area organized. More on this 1980s kitchen remodel »


entryway drop zone in Des Moines home remodelentryway drop zone in Des Moines home remodel

A very functional take on the classic coat “tree”, this entryway is outfitted with a wrap-around bench that makes a perfect dropzone. This flexible system of adjustable pegs will grow with the kids and accommodate many visitors’ coats, hats and shoes. Small shelves on the side are an ultra handy spot for sunglasses and water bottles. Plus the shelves are equipped with hidden magnets on the underneath side. Hold your keys close to the shelf and they pop right into their special hanging spot. More on this sustainable Des Moines home remodel »

Des Moines historic home entry remodeled sustainability by Silent Rivers

Notice how an entire room is not necessary to create a dropzone. Even a small nook can contain a built-in storage bench, shelves and hooks. More on this sustainable home remodel in historic Sherman Hill »

The needs of a dropzone actually require little space to accommodate. Having a bench as a place to sit down while removing shoes also creates a surface to set things down while taking off coats. It goes a long way toward creating peaceful entry and exit for your home space.


Kitchen and pantry storage solutions

We all know how many items we tend to have in our kitchen. There are numerous ways a good kitchen design can accommodate functional storage that keeps the family kitchen operating smoothly. Whether or not you have a large pantry, tiny pantry or no pantry at all, smart solutions like these create a space for everything.

maple and steel custom cabinets with slide out shelves hold pantry items and dinnerware in Johnston kitchen by remodeler Silent Rivers

An integrated pantry means items are just steps away when needed. Large pull-out drawers engineered to handle significant weight hold plates, glasses and dinnerware in the kitchen cabinet closest to the dining room. How convenient!

Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezers with custom maple and steel panels, sliding pocket door cabinets serves as family message center in Johnston kitchen remodeled by Silent Rivers

This kitchen is even equipped with display storage space above the concealed refrigerators, and a hidden message center! A clever pocket door opens to reveal communication central for this family. More on this Johnston midcentury kitchen remodel »


Des Moines kitchen remodel with integrated pantry cabinet by Silent Rivers Design+Build

Here’s another integrated pantry that holds maximum storage in a small space. This custom cabinet has deep, adjustable pull-out shelves. The family uses the inside of the doors as their message center because notes are easily seen when the snack area is accessed! More on this sustainable kitchen remodel »


Walk through pantry with open shelving is located directly behind kitchen in barn style custom new home in rural St. Charles, Iowa designed and built by Silent Rivers of Des Moines

This walk-through kitchen storage area is called a butler’s pantry. This layout offers ample storage and easy access with its location just behind the kitchen. Since the pantry is somewhat seen, it has similar design aesthetics as the rest of this gorgeous industrial farmhouse home. The shelving is made from wood from the client’s parents’ barn. Galvanized pipes are used as shelving brackets. The long countertop makes this a very functional work zone. More on the design of this custom home »


large walk-in pantry in Clive, Iowa kitchen remodel by Silent Rivers with shelves, extra refrigerator and transom windows for extra light

Able to be closed off with doors that look like kitchen cabinets, this walk-in pantry is loaded with shelves. Zones are designated for snacks, small appliances, serving ware, bulk foods and more. A small refrigerator takes care of overflow for this large family.

Transom windows to the kitchen allow natural light to brighten the space. Consideration of lighting is essential in a space where many items are stored. Being able to see and grab what you need quickly makes food prep go more smoothly.

Large center island in Clive, Iowa kitchen remodel by Silent Rivers features pullouts for garbage and recycling

On the left, this photo of the adjacent kitchen to the above pantry shows the doors that hide the pantry. That’s well-integrated design! Now let’s talk about garbage and recyling cans. Something that you access dozens of times every day deserves serious consideration in your kitchen design. Pull-out bins stay hidden away and keep the kitchen looking clean. Notice how this large island holds two recycling bins, plus a bin for garbage and compost. More on this kitchen and pantry remodel »

magic corner cabinet in Clive, Iowa kitchen remodel by Silent Rivers of Des Moines features layered storage

The “Magic Corner” cabinet is an excellent way to maximize a corner cabinet. Typically corner areas tend to be underutilized cabinet space. It extends outward, revealing additional shelving. This example shows a baking station. Other clients have used their Magic Corner cabinet to hold the juicing and smoothie station or even the fine China. See more kitchen storage solutions from this remodel »


Bathroom storage solutions

The bathroom is another area where many items are stored. Beyond towels and toilet paper, there are several personal products that need an organized home. Bathroom designs can often integrate a storage nook to maximize space.

frosted glass sliding shower doors hang from chrome rolling bar in ceramic tiled shower with open shelving unit in Johnston bathroom by remodeler Silent Rivers

Next to this stunning frosted glass shower, an open shelving unit offers convenient organization. A space like this is great for towels, products or even laundry hampers which are available in all shapes and sizes. More on this bathroom remodel »


custom storage tower closet beside white tile shower in Des Moines bathroom by remodeler Silent Rivers

In a similar configuration, this Des Moines bathroom remodel incorporates a closed storage nook. Toiletries and towels are nicely hidden in this built-in custom cabinet to keep the space clutter-free. More on this vintage bathroom remodel »


bathroom remodel in a Des Moines Victorian home renovation by Silent Rivers features hexagon tile

While we just saw examples of vertical bathroom storage solutions, here’s a beautiful horizontal storage nook. Positioned beneath a window, these storage drawers are topped off with a bench that continues through the glass shower surround to also serve as the shower bench. More on this historic Des Moines home remodel »


custom vanity with pull out tray in Granger Iowa funky contemporary master suite by Silent Rivers Design+Build

This large bathroom vanity was designed to include a makeup station with several drawers. The slide-out cabinet contains lift-out bins. This makes it easy to grab just the essentials needed at the time. More on this master suite remodel »


Custom built double vanity in dark wood is accented by gray storage towers on side to balance the space, designed by Silent Rivers Design+Build, Des Moines

When room allows, it’s nice to have large storage cabinets in your bathroom. We builts this vanity to be flanked by two storage towers. Notice how the change in color keeps the space feeling open and balanced, rather than a wall of cabinetry. More on this bathroom remodel »


bathroom remodel Des Moines

For those who love their cordless vacuum, this bathroom holds a convenient place to store and charge it. In a tall skinny cabinet across from the toilet is a beautiful cabinet outfitted with electrical outlets. The Dyson vacuum, along with other cleaning supplies, is housed here in an orderly, space-efficient footprint. More storage solutions from this project »


Industrial farmhouse style custom new home in St. Charles, Iowa designed and built by Silent Rivers of Des Moines features a hall bathroom with wall mounted utility sink below salvaged wood shelf, luxury vinyl plank flooring and a sliding medicine cabinet

Medicine cabinets can be very handy, and here’s fresh take with a vintage feel. Above this bathroom’s wall-mounted utility sink and salvaged wood shelf is a sliding mirror. Slide the mirror to the side to reveal two medicine cabinets! Read more »


Bedroom and multifunctional guest room storage solutions

While furniture carries the load in these spaces, sometimes built-in solutions do the job better.

3-in-1 Murphy bed in desk position in a Clive, Iowa playroom, guest room, office by Silent Rivers 3-in-1 Murphy bed in a Clive, Iowa playroom, guest room, office by Silent Rivers

In this basement finish in Clive, Iowa, the bedroom also serves as playroom, office and guest room. To accomplish all these functions, a 3-in-1 Murphy bed lives among the built-in storage cabinets and shelves. It can be entirely closed to open up floor space. Pull down one side for a single desk, or pull down both sides for a double-wide desk. And when guests arrive, a double bed is ready in minutes. What a clever multipurpose room! More on this basement remodel »


Built-in custom bookshelves, storage, entertainment center and desk create colorful, functional space solutions for a Des Moines condo, Silent Rivers

A bright and colorful example of a flexible bedroom, this room also serves as office and den. The custom built-in was designed with shallow shelves to maximize floor space in the room. The tapered upper bookcases and shelves, and the corner desk, give it a geometrical feel. While the piece is still large, it doesn’t encroach on the space, allowing plenty of room for a pull-out sofa when needed. Read more »


Urbandale-Iowa-luxurious-traditional-master-bedroom-by-Silent-Rivers with fluted cherry columns in a custom colonnade with curved wood moldings

This elegant master bedroom features a wall of custom cabinets that holds significant storage. Also serving as an entertainment center, these custom paneled bookshelves with curved wood moldings negate the need for dressers within the bedroom. More on this elegant master suite remodel in Urbandale »


Master closet storage inspirations

A spacious master closet is a dream many of us have! We’ve had the privilege of creating a number of glorious closets that have inspired many. Here are some favorites.

large walk-in closet with custom cabinets, lighted jewelry display cases, lighted sunglass display case, shoe cabinets and antique chandelier in master suite remodel by Silent Rivers of Des Moines

Antique meets contemporary in a dressing suite inspired by a love of merchandising. Lighted display shelves and built-in wardrobe space complement the master bedroom while keeping clothing and accessories extremely organized.

lighted sunglasses and eyewear display shelf and stiletto heels storage shelf in a Granger, Iowa master suite remodel by Silent Rivers of Des Moines

There’s even a section for her heels and eyewear that any retail space would envy.

His section of this grand closet holds clever ideas that can be incorporated into small and large closets alike. Check out the shoe drawers. Simple dowels in the bottom of the drawer allow shoes to be stored at an angle. This allows more shoes to fit in a small space and makes it easier to grab the ones you need.

Pull-out racks are a simple and space-efficient way to store slacks and ties. And for ease in hanging and selecting garments, pull-out rods can be tucked away when not in use. This makes it so much easier to button that shirt on the hanger to mitigate wrinkles. More on this master suite remodel »

large walk-in closet with pull-out pants racks, shoe drawers and built-in barn wood dresser in master suite remodel by Silent Rivers of Des Moines


Urbandale-Iowa-luxurious-master-closet-by-Silent-Rivers with travertine counters, crystal chandelier, stacked washer and dryer

This elegant master suite includes a walk-in closet where every bit of space is thoroughly designed. A large island creates easy folding of clothes after getting them out of the nearby dryer. Built-in drawers and tall storage cabinets allow space for specific items. Double-stacked hanging areas maximize his and her wardrobe space. There’s even a hidden ironing board! More on this elegant master suite remodel »


Good design helps you maximize space throughout your home, giving you storage solutions that bring peace and organization.

To discuss ideas for your home, contact Silent Rivers for a free consultation »


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