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Creative storage and space saving ideas for small homes


Whether you're in a tiny, can't-swing-a-cat studio or a massive country pile, storage ideas and space-saving tips can always enhance your living routine.

From a sleek magnet for your bathroom essentials to a way of ironing that doesn't require a big fold out board, take a look at our round up of the most creative ways to use your space.


Image: Darkoom and Dearly via Pinterest

The small, fiddly metal grooming tools you use on a regular basis, in one handy magnetic strip in your bathroom. This metal rack is actually Ikea's £11 knife rack, repurposed by the clever bloggers at Darkoom and Dearly.

If you're a fan of Ikea-related rebellion, visit Ikea Hackers, a blog dedicated to not using the Swedish retailer's products for the sense they were intended.


As much as we're grateful for any bottle of vino that lands in our kitchen, they take up a fair amount of room - and a dedicated 'wine cupboard' seems excessive.

Cue the wall-mounted wine rack that stores the bottles on their side to prevent corking. We like Cranville Wine Racks' £24 offering from black + blum.


Image: The Wandmaker's Mother via Pinterest

A great idea for tall, spacious cupboards where smaller items can end up out of reach. Drill short screws through a metal magazine file for bulkier items, such as the cling film-type boxes stored here, or attach a wooden magazine rack for flat items like chopping boards.


For people who try to avoid ironing wherever possible, but have the odd item that needs a once-over, an ironing board is a cumbersome kitchen eyesore.

Donate it to the scrapman and invest in this £6.79 wonder.


Perfect for studio flats with no space for a table, this simple wall-mounted drop leaf table from Ikea (£29) acts as a shelf when it's not in use.


Hang scarves, belts, headbands, necklaces, bracelets and even earphones in one place in your wardrobe. Perfect for people who have a few staple items they use on a regular basis.

We like Lakeland's £3.99 non-slip version, or if you're feeling especially thrifty, get creative with some shower hooks and a hanger a la the According to L blog.


Where has this been all our lives? This extendable one is £34.99 from Amazon and comes with all the fictures and fittings.


We've cheated a bit with these power bed risers. They're currently only available in America ($29.99 from Bed Bath and Beyond) but they are too good of an idea not to share. The 7-inch risers boost bed legs to give much more storage underneath and these even feature twin 110-volt, 15-amp grounded power outlets and a twin USB 5-volt DC outlet for gadget charging.

The nearest thing we could find in the UK are these wooden bed risers for £84.65, which have a nice oak finish and can be adjusted to different heights.



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