Interior designers are trained to keep their eyes peeled for aesthetic furniture, decorative accents, and works of art. But an innate ability to find rough diamonds can mean that the pros are frequently faced with a key decision: stock up on furniture for a potential future project or move on and leave a score behind.

How often do designers go the storage route and what are they thinking about in the process? In speaking with six interior design experts, we analyzed three different approaches.

Still, no doubt about it

Storage cabinet is “imperative” for Atlanta designer Nishi Donovan. “It gives me the freedom to buy unique items when I travel or in local markets,” she explains. Donovan records his inventory on a secret Pinterest board that displays photographs of each of his items as well as their dimensions. This allows him to seamlessly integrate parts into future projects. Designer Phyllis Lui of Kalu Interiors in Vancouver agrees that such a system is essential for furniture storage. “Out of sight, out of mind often happens, so it can be difficult to keep track of everything,” says Him. “You really have to know what you have so that you don’t become a box-grabber of unused items and furniture. His colleague Aleem Kassam added, “Personally, I keep a Dropbox folder with pictures of items I have bought and purchased. don’t lose sight of it.

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While not all finds immediately reach their homes forever, Donovan still finds it extremely helpful to keep a stock of artwork, accessories, and furniture. “As much as I love the innovation of new products, I also believe that antiques carry energy and a story that we connect with on a higher level,” she says. “It may take years to sell a single room, but the overall cost exceeds the rent as long as you use the unit for many things.”

Designer Nicole Cole of Vestige Home in Philadelphia develops this concept. “Sometimes I find that I may not be using every part I have stored, but you can always pass it on to someone else who will like it,” she says. “Leaving some room for ‘inefficiency’ is essential in the design process and offers a level of design that only comes with the incorporation of unique finds. “

Sometimes depending on the article

San Francisco designer Clara Jung of Banner Day Interiors uses storage more sparingly. “There are a number of extremely versatile small items such as mirrors, side tables and side chairs that are nice to have on hand to easily add to a variety of spaces. different, ”she says. However, when it comes to important finds such as sofas or dining tables, Jung is less inclined to go the storage route, adding, “Storing upholstered pieces is generally less than ideal because it is is difficult to protect fabric from dust, age and conditions. ”Especially for designers in high cost of living areas, storage costs can add up quickly. Rental company CubeSmart charges 619 $ for a 10ft by 10ft unit in Midtown Manhattan and $ 408 for the same setup in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, in downtown St. Louis, a unit of the same size costs just $ 88 per month.

Rarely, for various reasons

Elizabeth Stamos, a designer from Chicago whose company does six to eight projects a year, finds putting away furniture just doesn’t make sense. “For us, each project is really specific to each client,” she says. “Tastes and styles vary, so it’s hard to know when something is purchased whether it will be used or not. Incorporating rooms from clients’ old homes into their new spaces is tricky enough, says Stamos. Price is also a concern. “Furniture depreciates the moment you buy it; unless it’s a special antique, it’s so delicate, ”she says. “If I ever try to sell something that hasn’t worked before, I’ll never be able to price what we bought it for – people always want a deal. “