Monday, 16 July 2018

Space-saving storage for small homes

space saving furniture for your house that provides lots of storage without taking up too much space in small homes

Space has always been a huge problem in our home, so now with all the baby stuff we've recently accumulated, I've always had to think cleverly about our storage and the space we have. Ideally we'd love to have numerous built-in cupboards around the house, however in reality that's not possible - we have one cupboard under the stairs where bulky things like the ironing board and hoover live and one coat cupboard by the front door. And thats it for 'proper' cupboards. Upstairs we've got room for one chest of drawers and two wardrobes - so space is tight as you can tell!

So I thought I'd share the five pieces of furniture that are lifesavers in my home. They not only hold a lot of stuff, but take up much less floor space than you'd think, so are perfect for even the smallest of homes.

Hallway shoe cupboard
This one is my favourite - it holds almost all our shoes, but is super slim so takes up little space in our already teeny hallway. Plus its somewhere to style some pretty accessories too isn't it!

space saving furniture for your house that provides lots of storage without taking up too much space in small homes


TV stand with hidden storage 
Another IKEA find, our TV stand has masses of storage in the baskets meaning I don't have to have dvds/toys/cds on show, but they're close to hand. The shelves are also somewhere to store the sky box/playstation, as well as the internet router and remotes (hidden away in a tray, of course!)

space saving furniture for your house that provides lots of storage without taking up too much space in small homes

Pull-down writing desk
A recent eBay find which I gave a lick of paint (I shared my top upcycling tips here). It's got a pull down top which can be used as a desk - which more importantly can be packed away taking up no space at all when not in use - and stores all those random bits like tablemats for example. I'll admit I originally bought this simply as a pretty addition to the conservatory, but its been so much more valuable for storage than I thought.

space saving furniture for your house that provides lots of storage without taking up too much space in small homes

Double wardrobe 
This one is essential for us - our wardrobe (another upcycling project) is double height, meaning me and my husband can squeeze all our clothes in here, with another, single height one in the nursery for all babies bits. We've simply not got the floor space for more than one chest of drawers (which doubles up as a changing station too), so without this I'm not sure what we'd do to be honest!

space saving furniture for your house that provides lots of storage without taking up too much space in small homes

Bathroom shelves
One of the smallest rooms in the house, there wasn't much I could do with our bathroom in terms of creating storage space - however yet another IKEA find gave me a brainwave. Why not use some ladder shelves (originally meant for the garden) to store some bits and bobs, whilst making use of the tiny space left between the bath and door?! I store my beauty bits like cotton wool balls etc in jars and baskets so the shelves are practical as well as pretty (because obviously that's important too!) Unfortunately I don't think IKEA make these shelves anymore - however I've found a couple alternatives (below) that are really similar - and actually cheaper than mine were!

space saving furniture for your house that provides lots of storage without taking up too much space in small homes


Do you live in a small home? What are your recommendations for space-saving storage?

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx
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