One of the main issues when it comes to vacuum equipment is vacuum storage, especially if you have limited space at home. This is the reason why it is often important to consider storage options before you buy large or bulky items like vacuum cleaners, especially since this type of equipment is a necessity in most homes and apartments.
Read on to know about the different storage options and how to find flexible storage solutions for the vacuum cleaner you have in your apartment.
Things to Consider When Looking for Vacuum Cleaning Storage Space
The Layout of the Apartment
Live in a small space with limited storage options? You may be hard-pressed to find ample storage space for your vacuum especially if you don't have a broom closet or even a laundry area that can double as storage space for cleaning supplies.
One option is to create wall hangers where you can hang cleaning equipment as well as supplies. If you are working with large, ample space creating a nook or corner for cleaning supplies will be easier to do.
Frequency of Cleaning
You want your vacuum and other cleaning equipment to be easy to take in and out especially if you clean multiple times a week. This means finding a space that is easily accessible. A broom closet, the shoe closet, or under the sink are good options for vacuum storage if you clean frequently.
Size of Vacuum
The size of your vacuum also determines what kind of storage space will work for you. Handheld portable units are by far the easiest to store since they can be small enough to stow inside a desk drawer or hang on a coatrack.
If you have a bigger unit like a canister vacuum, you can store your equipment in an empty corner, in the closet, or even under furniture like your bed or the couch. You open up more storage options if you disassemble your vacuum after each use so it is easier to stow away.
Different Types of Vacuum Cleaner Storage Ideas
Most robot vacuums are small and relatively portable, without the lengthy cords and metal handles that characterize older vacuum models. This means that they are easier to park in spaces that are out of the way, such as under your work desk or the couch when not in use.
The Dreame D9 comes with a sleek charging station as well as LIDAR-based navigating technology which allows it to park itself after use, a pretty nifty feature when you are too busy to store your vacuum after it is done cleaning.
Most robot vacuums come packaged with their own charging ports which can easily be installed behind any door or the sofa as long as these places allow for ample movement when you need to charge the vacuum.
Handheld cleaners are the most portable models of vacuum cleaners and they vary in size, from small cleaners that fit the palm of your hand for easy desktop cleanup to larger handheld types for cleaning the couch or car interiors. These cleaners may come with charging ports that you can install on a wall or they can be hung on a rack in your broom closet.
Don't have a broom closet? You can store your handheld vacuum and its accessories inside your shoe rack, in the coat closet, or on the rack where you store other cleaning equipment.
You can also store it under the sink as long as the space is dry. You can even hang it on your tool rack in the garage. All these are good options for keeping your vacuum in a place that is easy to find and reach.
Canister vacuums are bigger than handheld vacuums in size and capacity. They come with a variety of accessories for different types of cleaning. While they are the most practical for those who want to cover the most amount of cleaning space in the least amount of time, canister vacuums tend to be tall and bulky.
Many users prefer to slip canister vacuums behind a door where they can stay out of sight. Other options include the good old storage or broom closet, the laundry room or mudroom, or even a spare room.
If you have very limited space and this is the vacuum you have at home, you can also slide the vacuum under a sofa or the bed. These vacuums tend to have two rolling wheels which can make sliding furniture for cleaning and storage easy to do. This a good option if you are living in a small studio or one-bedroom and don't have free closet space for a bulky canister vacuum.
Cordless vacuum cleaners tend to resemble canister vacuums but they are often smaller in size and they do not need to be tethered to an electrical cord. However, this doesn't mean that they are any less powerful than canister-vacuum cleaners.
The lack of an electric cord makes cordless vacuum cleaners more flexible to use especially if you want to move quickly from room to room. Cordless vacuums may require the same amount of space as canister vacuums, however. This means you may need an empty corner, space in your broom closet or laundry room, or even an unused corner in your closet.
You can also store your cordless vacuum on wall-mounted storage. Cordless vacuums like the Dreame V11 come with a wall-mounted docking station that doubles as storage when the tool is not in use. Install the dock near the closet, on a corner in a low-traffic area, or any place where it can be out of the way but still within easy reach.
Upright vacuum models are one of the most powerful types of vacuum cleaners but they are also bigger and bulkier. An upright vacuum cleaner is good if you have a dedicated storage room for cleaning equipment or a spacious laundry or mudroom where you can store cleaning equipment and accessories.
Vacuum cleaners come in a range of uses and sizes. Depending on the type of vacuum cleaner you have, you may need to get creative in making more space for your cleaning equipment. Move items around to make more space inside closets, hang racks for portable handheld vacuums, or use empty spaces under couches or beds. With a little bit of ingenuity, you can store your vacuum cleaner safely while keeping it easily accessible for regular use.