Ever wonder how to add versatile space savers into your home? It’s easier than you may think!
Even if you don’t have a huge budget (or a budget at all) to go out and buy a slue of new organizational objects, there are plenty of ways to use what you already have lying around at home.
Shelving can really make a difference in every kind of space. Use the bookshelves & shelves you have. Fasten small shelves to the walls. Hang hooks from them to corral more stuff, like kitchen utensils. If need be, you might even cut an existing shelf down to create multiple shelves to be hung. Or, if you have excess wood lying around, build your own shelves and bookcases. Sometimes a custom piece is preferable than a prefabricated one.
Think one more step outside the box. Use other hooks and hanging mechanisms in conspicuous places to store things, like inside cabinets and behind doors. CountryLiving.com recommends gluing a magnet to a clothespin and then glue the opposing side of the magnet to a cabinet for a handy & cheap hook. If you can, try to build your bookcases all the way to the ceiling to utilize the space above that would otherwise be wasted. If you do this, opt for a slimmer shelf, saving on width.
Pieces that fool the eye.
Try to find pieces that incorporate storage, but serve other purposes like clocks, mirrors (medicine cabinets) and shelves built into frames. Tables that fold up against walls can also be very versatile. These can be used for eating, working, anything that requires a flat surface. If you’re handy, this is also something that can be custom built. Fasten hinges to the end of the table and the wall. Wha-lah! You’ve got a folding table built onto the wall. Here’s a fun fact: mirrors have the magic effect of making a room look bigger. The more mirrors, the ‘bigger’ the room!
Decor pieces that double as storage.
This sort of tags off of the previous idea. Use your collectable decor to hold seasonal items. Vintage suitcases are great for this; stack a few for decoration in your home and fill them with seasonal clothing you aren’t using, or other objects. Ottomans also work well for storage. Placing furniture, especially versatile pieces, on casters offers the ability to move it easily from room to room. This also eliminates the need to have multiples of the same (or similar) piece. Another thing to note, depending on what you have going on, the ability to hide certain things and move furniture easily is an added benefit.
Instead of using table or floor lamps, to save space, use wall mounted lighting! There are many ways to do this and many different styles of lights available. If you are doing it yourself, just make sure you know how to properly work with electrical wiring and outlets!
Don’t let stairs take away your space! Utilize the area underneath stairways as storage.
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