In the past decade, the rate of New Zealanders that rent their homes has continued to increase – back in 2013 it was already at 35 per cent, meaning we are slowly moving towards almost half of the country living in rental properties. If you’re a renter, it can often be a hard situation to deal with, especially when it comes to storage – you can’t easily get custom-made storage installed like you would be able to in your own home.

Coat and clothing racks
When you can’t have a full wardrobe in the bedroom of your rental home, using a coat or clothing rack to store your clothes is the way to go! An open-facing rack for clothes is not only stylish but also provides a very immediately accessible solution to the problem of clothes storage – and to boot, they’re incredibly cheap! Clothing racks are far less expensive than kitset wardrobes, as an example, and if you have a friend who works at or owns a clothing store, there’s a chance that you might be able to pick one up second-hand for free!

Trunks and chests
Trunks and chests are fantastic options for storage solutions because they’re just so versatile – you can use a trunk to store anything from clothing and bedding to toys and board games for your children. They are perfect for any room, from the bedroom to the living room, and even better, if you choose one with a flat top it could double as a coffee table or a play surface for kids. They’re also handy when it comes to moving house – as renters so often have to – all you have to do is pick it up and move on to your next home!

Wall and door hooks
To make the most of all your space and create a storage solution for coats, hats, scarves , and other things that you’d put on right before heading out the door, use hooks on either side of a door on walls! You can also get hooks that hang from over the door, meaning you don’t even have to attach anything permanently. They can also be modified to store other things: for example, wall hooks could be arranged to create a way for you to store a bicycle on your wall.

Detachable shelves and wardrobes
If none of these less-intrusive storage solutions are right for you, you can always invest in detachable shelves and wardrobes for your rental home. Garage shelving, which can be made to a custom design by a storage specialist, can also be bought cheaply at a hardware store and used throughout your home – kitset wardrobes can also be found for affordable prices.
If you’re a homeowner and are looking for custom wardrobes to add to your rental property and raise its value, the The Wardrobe Company can help you out! We specialise in designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke storage solutions for any home – browse our website now and take a look at what we can do.