Storage and utility space Print

Design Outcome

Desi​gn Checklist​


  1. Provide adequate storage for everyday household items within the apartment 
  2. Suitable space is provided for a washing machine, for drying clothes, and for waste and recycling bins within the home
  3. Provide storage for sporting, leisure, fitness and hobby equipment in an easily accessible space elsewhere in the apartment building  
  4. Provide readily accessible space (internal or external, depending on the circumstances) for equipment associated with children such as pushchairs and bicycles​

Satisfaction surveys show that a lack of storage space is a major dislike for apartment dwellers.

Providing storage space for items ancillary to people's living needs,  both 'every day' items such as cleaning equipment and 'occasional use' items such as suitcases, is important.

The size of this space should be proportional to the number of occupants intended for an apartment. 1.5sqm per two person apartment and 0.5sqm for each additional occupant is recommended.  

Storage space should also be provided outside the apartment for large items such as sporting and garden equipment or bicycles.

Suitable space for utilities (washing, drying, waste, recycling) should be designed into the apartment so that it does not negatively impact on any habitable rooms. For example, laundry cupboards can be incorporated into kitchens.

Storage space must be considered early in the design stages of a development. This is especially true of garage or remote lockup space. Ideally, storage spaces should be built-in as this allows for the most efficient use of available space in each apartment.

Owner-supplied freestanding storage units must also be allowed for in the apartment plan, including units for audio-visual equipment and personal effects.

Better Design Practice

The majority of required storage space should be provided within the apartment and should be easily accessible.

This is best provided by designed-in storage cupboards located in entry ways, hallways or in the living space.

Provide utility areas that are well ventilated or that otherwise allow for drying clothes.

Consider providing dedicated storage rooms on each floor within the development, which can be used or leased by residents as required.

Provide secure storage outside the apartment.

Dedicated storage rooms or spaces within internal or basement car parks are convenient for sports equipment as this is usually transported by car and may be difficult to move upstairs.

Rules of Thumb

Bedroom wardrobes should be a minimum 600mm deep internally and 2m wide.

In addition to kitchen cupboards and bedroom wardrobes, provide internal storage facilities of the following sizes:

• Studio apartments (one to two people) 6m3 • One-bedroom apartments (one to two people) 6m3 • Two-bedroom apartments ( three to four people) 8m3 • Three plus bedroom apartments (five to six people) 10m3

Storage outside of apartments should be adequately sized to accommodate bicycles.

Minimum dimensions for an audio-visual unit should be 450mm deep and 900mm wide.
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