Top 10 Most Creative Space Saving Hacks
Top 10 Most Creative Space Saving Hacks
Regardless of the size of your home, it can always be hard to find storage space for all of your belongings. I’ve recently moved into a two-bedroom starter home and can’t believe that I ever had room for everything back at my parents’ house! Where did it all fit?! I’m always looking for new and inventive ways to save space while still keeping things decorative and chic. I’m incredibly proud of my little home and love looking around for the latest designs that will inspire me in my own choice of home décor.
The following is my Top 10 Most Creative Space Saving Hacks that I’ve found while looking both online and in stores. Some of these are absolutely genius and yet are so simple too! I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of some of them myself!
1. Tall, Slim Book Shelves
The main thing about finding new and inventive storage spaces for all of your belongings is to use space that is otherwise unoccupied. Tall, slim bookshelves are great for slotting right next to a door frame or other narrow space: somewhere that no other unit or piece of furniture would have the room to occupy.
2. High Shelves
Shelves are a really versatile system of storage and don’t just have to be narrow to fit into places that other furniture can’t. A great example of this is high-level shelves that can completely border your room without cutting into any of your floor or wall space. What I really love about these is that they also lend a real sense of personality to a room, and give your guests an insight into your interests and hobbies by displaying some of your favourite books, picture frames, DVDs and other belongings.
3. A Storing Shower Curtain
If you really struggle for space in your bathroom suite, then this shower curtain is perfect for you! It’s fitted with waterproof pockets that can store just about anything: shampoos and conditioners, shower gels, soaps, flannels, loofahs and anything else that you may need when you’re getting washed. This is ideal for a bathroom that doesn’t necessarily have the room for an in-shower shelf or cabinet.
4. Electrical Outlet Bed Risers
These can simultaneously add both height and functionality to your bed. These risers feature two grounded electrical outlets as well as a USB socket: particularly useful if you struggle to access a wall socket because of an excess of fitted furniture. Because they are so accessible, these multifunctional risers eliminate tripping hazards and unsightly cords that can give the appearance of clutter. And as an additional bonus, they raise the height of your bed: meaning that they also make more room underneath your mattress for extra storage. Win-win!
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5. Door Hinge Towel Rack
This door hinge towel rack is incredible easy to assemble or to make yourself: all you need are PVC pipes, end caps, eye bolts and PVC cement, (for the full D.I.Y. tutorial click here). What I love about this space-saving hack is its sheer simplicity; having the towel rack on the hinges of the door means it doesn’t affect the functionality of the door itself, and is kept pretty much out of the way unless you’re actually in the bathroom and require the use of the towels. What’s perfect is that you don’t need to drill any holes either, which is ideal if you’re living in rented accommodation.
6. Jewellery Pins
I absolutely love how simple and effective this idea is! Just put ordinary drawing pins or hammer some small nails into your wall or cupboard door to hang all your favourite necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Apart from saving you from the necessity of investing in a bulky jewellery box, this simple space-saving hack also stops your favourite jewellery pieces from getting tangled and disfigured. It also means that you can see all of your jewellery at once: making it easier to pick out the right pieces for your outfit.
7. Shallow Side-Cupboard
Something as simple as thinking about the size of the belongings that you are wanting to store in advance helps you to make the most of the room that you have in your house for storage. In this instance, spray mops, dustpans and brushes, washing powders and laundry detergents can all fit together in what is really quite a shallow cupboard: able to be fitted almost anywhere within your kitchen or utility suites.
8. Roll-Out Pantry
These ingenious designs can be as narrow as just 6 inches and can slot easily in almost any space. I really like this example of the pantry being located right next to the fridge, simply for ease and convenience of access. A roll-out pantry can store a load of canned goods and other non-perishables: rolling out whenever you need anything and sliding easily back into place when you’re finished. You don’t have to use this exclusively as a pantry either – the design provides extra shelving that can save you loads of space in any other room of the house too.
The best thing about this space saving hack? You can build you own! Visit Classy Cutter for the full D.I.Y. tutorial.
9. A Shoe Tray
This is another space-saving hack that is so simple I can’t quite believe I didn’t think of it myself! Simply by using a basic picture frame - or else another square assembly of materials – you can create a makeshift shoe tray that can then be pushed underneath a dresser or into a full-length cupboard once it’s filled with footwear. Kicking your shoes off as soon as you come home from work or school is such an easy habit to fall into, but it really does make the house look untidy and, more importantly, takes up floor space. A shoe tray like this one is a really great idea to keep all of your footwear in one place: completely out of sight when they’re not needed.
10. The Toothbrush Drawer
The final design that has made it onto my Top 10 Most Creative Space Saving Hacks is the ingeniously-simple toothbrush drawer. Simply insert a cutlery divider into one of the drawers in your bathroom to use as storage for your toothbrushes, toothpastes and other dental or cleansing products. This can save you from having to invest in a visible toothbrush holder that would either have to sit on the sink edge or else be fitted onto the wall. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with these of course, a toothbrush drawer keeps everything out of sight and instantly helps to make your bathroom look tidier.
Thanks for reading! Please let me know what you think of my Top 10 Most Creative Space Saving Hacks and pass along any more great ideas for saving space in and around the home by commenting in the boxes below. Any design inspiration is much appreciated!