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Our Very First Smart Storage Customer – 12 Years Later

The Smart Storage team were delighted to have the opportunity to revisit our very first under stairs storage customer recently. Back in 2010, our team installed a 3 Drawer Unit beneath the stairs in a Co. Wicklow home for Rob and his young family. We caught up with Rob twelve years later to look back on the installation and to discuss how the unit solved a storage crisis for his family.

Rob tells us, “Before we had our Smart Storage unit installed, there was a little cubby hole under the stairs with a little door. We used to throw shoes, hoovers and other things in there. It was very hard to find anything under there, there was no light and it was just a chore to get under the stairs. When we got the Smart Storage unit installed, it solved that problem immediately, it allowed us to gain access to all the little things we had under the stairs and use a dead space that was never really used.”

Back in 2010, Rob had young children and the storage unit was used mainly for school supplies and sports gear. The family’s storage needs have changed with the passing of time and the under stairs storage unit has been adaptable to their changing storage requirements. 

“When we had the unit installed twelve years ago our lifestyle was very different. We had kids in school and the unit was used to store school bags, football gear, Gaelic gear and now our lives have changed. Our daughter is seventeen now and we use it for different stuff. I even have the biggest drawer now because I’ve got the most shoes, which is great!”

We were proud to see that the Smart Storage unit has stood the test of time, and that it has been adaptable to the changing storage needs of Rob’s family over the last decade. This is a testament to the high quality product delivered by Smart Storage and showcases the longevity and versatility of a Smart Storage unit. 

From humble beginnings in 2010, we now have a global reach thanks to the support of our loyal customers. A Dragons’ Den appearance in 2012 catapulted our expansion and today, we have a network of exceptional installers operating throughout Ireland and the UK.

As a company, we continually seek improvement in product offering and service levels, and our 96% customer satisfaction rating is testament to this ethos.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

We can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for Smart Storage.

Store Shoes the Smart Way

Looking to free your hallway of footwear clutter? We have the solution!
Our practical and modern understairs storage units maximise the wasted space beneath the stairs and offer a fantastic shoe storage solution.

Smart Storage CEO Paul Jacob originally came up with the idea for understairs storage as a result of the shoe crisis in his own home.  We are all familiar with the shoe mountain that can quickly grow in any family’s home! At Smart Storage, we have made it so easy to organise all the family’s shoes. Check out our top tips for shoe storage below.

3 Drawer Under Stair Storage Unit

Shoe Storage Hacks & Ideas

1.Store the shoes you and your family wear most often in an easily accessible drawer. If you are storing children’s shoes in an understairs storage unit, ensure they are stored in the lower drawers so that they are easy to access.

2. Create built in shoe storage in the nooks and crannies around your home. An under stairs storage unit is a fantastic hidden storage solution! If your home does not have stairs, our storage benches also make a great hidden storage solution for any hallway, while also providing an attractive seating area.

Kids Storage Bench for Bay Windows and Alcoves

3. Can you ever have enough baskets? We love this drawer organisation hack by styled_by_blair. They have stored their lighter summer sandals and flip flops in these little storage baskets, helping them to maximise the space available within the storage drawer. Genius! Find out more at https://www.instagram.com/p/CQbHYXtsV57/

4. Use our optional upgrade shoe rails to create a convenient shoe shelf with the drawer. Each shoe rail is fully removable, allowing you to alter the drawer for different storage purposes as your storage needs change.

3 Drawer Under Stair Unit - Space for Vacuum Cleaners, Kids School Bags & Shoes

5.Last but not least…only keep the shoes you wear often. If you haven’t worn them in twelve months, it is usually best to donate them if suitable, or to throw them away if worn. As Marie Kondo says…only keep the items that spark joy!

Reopening & Houzz Award

We are delighted to announce that in line with Government regulations we have reopened in Ireland and are delighted to have resumed our under stairs storage installations. As always, we will be following recommended guidelines to keep our employees and customers safe.

On another positive note we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Houzz Service Award for 2021. This is our fifth year in a row winning the Houzz Service Award, having also been awarded in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. We are especially proud of this year’s award as the Covid-19 pandemic presented many challenges for our business over the past 12 months. We dealt with these challenges and were delighted to resume normal operations recently thanks to the support of our wonderful installers, staff and customers. Thank you!

Recent Reviews from Our Customers

 “We’ve had our Smart Storage fitted today. The fitter arrived in the morning and started working immediately, very clean and tidy, impressive precision, really fantastic. Very friendly and nice man. He worked without any break, very hard worker! We’re absolutely thrilled with the finished product, the storage is absolutely perfect, the drawers are massive, the tall part of the storage is great and perfect size too, we love it!!!! Can’t recommend enough, the best invention ever, worth every penny!!! Thank you Smart Storage!”

“Highly professional operation. Their communication was great and the admin team are excellent to deal with. We had Stuart as our installer and he was very good, on time, clean, and did a really great job. He was a gent as well! Would really recommend this as everyone that’s seen it has says it’s the best job they’ve seen.”

“Absolutely delighted with the quality of work and look of my storage, the installer Sergio was so pleasant and friendly. Would highly recommend.”

“Absolutely delighted with my new under stairs storage unit. The whole experience was completely professional from start to finish. The fitter was excellent and not a speck of dirt left. The unit itself is of a very high standard and there is so much space. Would highly recommend Smart Storage for there excellent service. Five stars.”

The Secret Obsession – Aoibhe Devlin

This month we had the pleasure of working on a collaboration with fashion, lifestyle and beauty blogger Aoibhe Devlin. Aoibhe’s blog and Instagram feed showcase her interior design tips for her stylish home. Read on to see the hallway transformation we created!

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