Maintaining a home
Tips to create decorative storage solutions – Ep 5
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.
Most of us could do with a little extra storage. But it can be tricky to achieve this while still keeping your space uncluttered and visually appealing. Luckily, Shaynna can help!
Storage! Storage! Storage!
Everyone who watches me on The Block knows I’m a big fan of a smart storage solution. And there’s no reason you can’t make your storage decorative as well as functional.
It’s an affordable way to add interest to your home.
Try a few of these ideas....
....Open shelving can look incredibly stylish with matching decorative baskets for storing your everyday items without cluttering up the space. And these are really cost effective.
....A bench or window seat is the perfect place to add storage or you can use an ottoman with a
lift-up lid so you can keep everything simple and neat.
....Storing your favourite books in your living spaces can bring an unexpected splash of colour to the room.
Fan of turning storage into décor?
You’ll be surprised how you can create art in your home. Watch the next episode to find out more.
Creating decorative storage solutions
Make the most of what 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.
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.
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.
If you want to save up for a few special items, then you may want to consider a bank account which allows you to create multiple sub-accounts. You can label the sub-accounts for different areas of your life, and focus your sending and saving.
Suncorp’s Everyday Options Account allows you to open up to 9 sub-accounts, which you could lablel Furniture Fund, Holiday, Household Bills, Groceries, Council Rates, etc, to separate and bucket your money.
Read more on Learn About:
- Shaynna Blaze’s essential tips for buying a home
- Tips for moving house: the ultimate guide
- 10 tips to protect your home and contents
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