Storage help and suggestions

Storage help and suggestions

Good morning! We currently live in a 2 bed/2 bath apartment, and are moving into a 3 level (1 bed but extra room downstairs) 2 bath loft next week! I've wanted to live in these lofts for over a year, but sadly most of them were for sale only, and we aren't ready to buy yet. But, I'm super excited because it's pretty much the loft of my dreams! The one thing I am NOT excited about? Currently we have 4 closets, a pantry, and outside storage on the patio in our apartment. The loft will have one coat closet, and a little bit of storage under the bottom stairs next to the washer/dryer. Bummer!!! I am an art/fashion student with tons of fabric and craft stuff, and my boyfriend is a photographer. Soooo.. we knew what we were getting into, and that we have a LOT of stuff. However, like I said.. loft of my dreams! What I need is suggestions/ideas/pictures of what you guys do for storage. I think we are going to get one of those large outside tupperware storage bins, because we do have a fenced in yard/patio area, and it would easily fit. That can hold holiday items and whatnot. I think our biggest dilemma is the clothing situation. We currently have one dresser but that won't be enough for the two of us! We're looking into getting a wardrobe, and possibly another dresser or some shelves, depending on the space area. The "sleeping area" can hold the bed and his dresser, but not much else unless we use shelving. We're going to Ikea tonight to scope out ideas and sizes/prices, but does anyone have any suggestions on furniture that you already have, and love? (ESPECIALLY Wardrobes/shelving/clever storage ideas.) The upstairs bathroom has not one single medicine cabinet or cupboard in sight. Ground floor bathroom does have a cupboard, but that's where we are going to use and store our darkroom stuff. Here's a few pictures of the lofts, a similar style to ours. These are from the management's website, sorry they are large. Ours unit will be a little larger than this, plus it's a corner unit so we have an extra wall of windows, and everything is reversed from this unit. Staircases on the opposite side, etc. Living room/kitchen area is located on 2nd floor. Our kitchen is slightly bigger thankfully, but we need to get a microwave cart or some kind of island for (our microwave, obviously) but for a little extra counter space. We cook.. a lot! I also will be using this area for my workspace. We're putting our woooden craft/work table up here to double as the kitchen table. Anyone have great storage ideas for TONS of craft stuff that does not look cluttered in the living space? I'm almost thinking of just getting a long dresser or something to put along the wall by the lower stairs. This is the entrance into the unit, first floor, where we'll use it as a photo studio. bathroom down there, and washer dryer behind the doors. We might have to use a corner of this room to store a bunch of seldom-used stuff unfortunately. The outside of the building.. converted warehouse. Everyone has those fenced in patio/garden areas. Actually the ones in this photo are like half the size of our patio for some reason, so we can easily put an outside storage compartment in ours. Sleeping area. See? Tiny! located on the 3rd level. Can fit the dresser but what else?!?! aaahh!! need clothing solutions! Those wonderful wardrobe and entire wall units from ikea are great and all but would NOT fit up there with our bed. other side view of living room. We also have 2 bookcases we need to find spots for. One might end up in the closet for storage and the books? Umm I dunno. Maybe in a kitchen cupboard! Upstairs bath. downstairs bath has a shower instead of a tub (on the bottom level). See? no cupboard. No medicine cabinet. Ack! Photos? suggestions?? Ideas? Give me whatever you've got!! Thanks in advance! :)
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