When space is an issue, your home can become your worst enemy – but with these 12 space saving ideas you can easily make your home into your best friend once again.
1. Door Tidy
Wire door tidies can work well in bedrooms, kitchens or bathrooms and are just right for storing all those little essentials. They’re simply hung on the back of a door and can be purchased in plain white and a variety of fun colours.
2. Wall Racks
Wall racks can look great in all types of interior and are particularly useful in hallways or next to the phone for storing post.
3. Storage Stools
Kill two birds with one stone with a comfy footstool that doubles as an extra seat and extra storage space. Lidded foot stools are a handy place for towels, linen, board games and toys.
4. Folding Tables
Folding tables can be freestanding or attached to a wall and give you maximum flexibility in kitchen or dining spaces and can be easily stored when not in use. Or you can use one half for every day and extend when you have more guests.
5. Heated Drying Racks
When you don’t have outside space to hang your washing your home can turn into a permanent laundry. Try a drop down heating drying rack that can be plugged into the mains or attach a rack to the ceiling so that you can raise or lower it as and when you need it.
6. Bi Fold Doors
Bi fold doors are the ideal solution to a lack of door space because they fold up rather than open out, taking up considerably less of your square footage. Perfect on narrow landing or used in small bathrooms.
7. Saucepan Racks
Small kitchens generally mean lack of storage so make the most of the space you do have and get all your pots and pans out of the way with a suspended pan rack.
8. Coffee Tables
Coffee tables can look incredible but there’s always a danger they’ll just become another surface to place piles of stuff on. Choose a table with storage so magazines, books and other odds and ends can be kept out of sight.
9. Nesting Utensils
If you want to de-clutter your kitchen nesting utensils are just the thing. Instead of hanging all your spoons, ladles and spatulas separately they stack neatly together ad take up a fraction of the space.
10. Folding Chairs
A comfortable dining area is really important, especially if you’ve got kids. But ordinary chairs take up a lot of room and aren’t used that often. Choose folding chairs instead so they can be stored flat when you don’t need them or even hung on the wall Shaker style.
11. Shower Caddy
If your bath and shower are covered in shampoo bottles, soap and sponges then attach a caddy next to your shower so all your toiletries are neatly stored and easy to reach – but remember to clean it regularly as caddy’s can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
12. Slim Stool
One way to solve the problem of a small kitchen is to move your storage up, but that means you’ll need a stool to reach high cupboards. You can find folding step stools that can be discreetly stored in a cupboard or cabinet and will easily take the weight of a large man (not that he’ll ever use it!)
John Hinds writes for Lojix. His interests include blogging, reading, playing tennis, listening to music and traveling.