Monday, 15 February 2016

How to use the awkward spaces in your home





When you have your first child you think your house is bursting at the seams because you’ve got so much stuff, but that’s nothing compared to when your family expands. Over the years, I’ve had to find room for so many playhouses, trikes, scooters and the likes - I’m sure you feel my pain.
I know storage is a big issue for all of us, so in this blog post I wanted to highlight how you can convert the awkward spaces in your home into useable, storage spaces.

Under the stairs
Unless you live in a bungalow or flat, the chances are you’ll have a space under your stairs. For many people this area is used as a dumping ground for shoes, buggies and random bits and bobs. However, with a little careful planning, it’s possible to transform this spot into a haven of organisation. It may be awkwardly shaped, but there are some innovative storage solutions available. For example, Shelfstore offer a Design Wizard service that allows you to create a bookcase/shelving unit that fits your space perfectly. You can adjust the heights and widths of your shelves to suit your particular needs.

The airing tank cupboard
Many homes today have combination boilers in their kitchens or utility rooms, which means that their airing tank cupboards are left empty. If you’re not currently using yours, why not think about things you can store in there? You could add shelves and use it to keep towels and toiletries, or perhaps you could store things like sleeping bags and camping equipment?

The garage
Most people use their garages as a dumping ground and only go in there every once in a while when they need to get something from a box that’s been there since they moved in! Don’t let this be a wasted space. Why not give the walls a lick of paint, add some carpet offcuts and a shelving unit or two? You may also find that you can take a lot of stuff to your local charity shop and free up more room. It might take a full day to sort it out, but you’ll be so pleased when you do.

Making the most of the awkward spaces in your home might take a little imagination, planning and effort, but it’s well worth it. It can help you to keep your rooms in order and give you more useable space.

Have you got any tips you’d like to share? Why not comment on this post?


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