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Maintaining a home

Space saving tips for apartment living – Ep 4

01 August 2019

Channel Nine’s The Block judge and Suncorp ambassador Shaynna Blaze presents a series of tips and tricks that can help you save money and add value to your home.

Apartment living is a reality for many Australians, and can offer benefits like affordability, convenience and community. Making your home in an apartment can, however, leave you feeling pretty limited when it comes to storage space.

The good news is, there are a few ideas you can use to be smarter with your space and maximise your storage capacity.

Episode 4

Making the most of your apartment space

Make the most of the storage you have

If you think you need extra storage, perhaps because of some new wardrobe additions or must-have décor items (hey, the only thing better than a comfy woollen throw rug is TWO comfy woollen throw rugs), you may be tempted to spend big bucks on extra storage furniture. But this doesn’t have to be Plan A – there are a few things you can do maximise the storage potential of your existing furniture (and avoid a budget blowout while you’re at it!).

If you have a cupboard, pantry or wardrobe that isn’t quite living up to its space-saving potential, you could consider installing a shelving system inside it. This can significantly increase – maybe even double! – your hidden storage space, creating dedicated areas for things like accessories, linen, and kitchenware.

There’s no such thing as dead space; just space you haven’t made the most of yet.  

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Rethink your furniture

Take a look around your apartment, and have a think about what your requirements are. Do you really need a dining table? Maybe you could create a dining area around your kitchen bench.

If you do decide that you need new furniture, you could consider something that serves more than one purpose. For example, an ottoman with a lift-up top can serve as convenient storage space for living room items like spare cushions and throws. You could even place a tray on the top and use it as a side table or coffee table. You can also buy bed frames with inbuilt storage, giving you a perfect spot to stash those spare bedroom items.

 Next: Tips to create decorative storage solutions – Ep 5

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