A pint-sized apartment or petite cottage may offer limited storage options so it’s up to you to be creative. Here are some DIY home ideas to help get you started.
Find hidden areas
Look for hidden storage space for the items you don’t use regularly like seasonal clothing. Under bed storage is a no-brainer or drape a pretty curtain around a corner to create an instant linen press. Hang closet organisers on the insides of doors to extend storage options.
Shelving offers a great place to store treasures while showing them off. Back shelves with wallpaper to create a feature display, and make the most of the height you have by extending wall shelving up to the ceiling. This also creates the illusion of space by drawing the eye upwards. Shelves can also be added over doorways, above windows or under stairs.
Curb kitchen clutter
If the kitchen’s tight, hang pots and pans from a ceiling rack – old ladders hung horizontally add a rustic touch. Add hooks to the underside of cupboards to hang mugs, cups and wine glasses. Pop a wine rack on top of the fridge.
Double duty furniture
Think about how to choose furniture for your home and give it dual roles. An ottoman or storage chest can double as a coffee table. A sofa bed can provide accommodation for visiting friends, and a dining table with fold-down sides can act as a shelf or study nook.
The smaller the space, the smaller your appliances need to be. Instead of a super-sized stereo go for an iPod docking system. A small wall mounted TV won’t dominate a room the way that a large screen unit will.
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