You’re probably familiar with the phrase ‘your home is your castle’. And it’s true – your living space should act as a serene sanctuary where you can completely escape from the weight of the world. Of course, it’s difficult to relax and unwind when your palace is cluttered with boxes, bags and other knick-knacks no one remembers buying!
Sound familiar? Don’t fret. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a large home or your first student dorm, you can never have too much storage space. That’s why we’ve rounded up 4 of the smartest DIY storage solutions to streamline your living space and help you beat clutter for good.
1) Kitchen DIY Pot Pegboard
With stacks of pots, pans and appliances to store, the kitchen can easily become the most chaotic place in the house. If you find yourself eating out just so you can avoid the disaster zone that is your cluttered kitchen, you’re not alone. Fortunately, one clever blogger has come up with an ingenious way to turn pots and utensils from eyesore to artistic centrepiece!
When Emma from A Beautiful Mess found that her new home had no pantry, she turned her cupboards into a food storage area, but that left her without a place for pans. Inspired by Julia Child, she bought two pegboards and some bracing wood to create a new pan holder that’s as stylish as it is functional.
For a step-by-step guide and more gorgeous pictures, check out the original post here.
2) DIY Ladder Laundry Rack
When you’re living in an apartment with a small laundry and no yard, drying laundry can be a particularly painful chore. If you’re sick of choosing between shrinking delicates in the drier or displaying them in the center of the living room, you’ll love Little Lucy Lu’s DIY Ladder Laundry Rack project.
This savvy mama hated the look of traditional drying racks, but needed a space-saving way to dry “dryer unfriendly” garments. Using an old ladder, painted a glorious robin’s egg blue, a few shower hooks and chain lengths from the local hardware store, she created a cheap and cheerful laundry rack that’ll revolutionize any laundry.
Click here for her step-by-step guide!
3) DIY Spool Bookcase for Living Room
The living room is a place where the whole family comes to relax and socialise after a long day. However, it can be difficult to keep this communal area tidy and inviting if you don’t have much storage room. One easy way to make the most of a small living space is to utilise multi-functional furniture.
Over at Pink Stitches, we’ve seen a gorgeous example of an industrial chic storage solution. Using a few pieces of doweling, a lick of paint and optional wheels, you too can transform a spool into a coffee table turned bookshelf. The rustic look is perfect for first apartments or achieving a beachy, summer vibe all year round.
For detailed instructions, check out the original post here.
4) DIY Bedside Storage
Furnishing a small bedroom is no mean feat. You might find yourself choosing between a Queen Size bed or the ability to completely open your closet door, or forging a nightstand to fit in a dresser. If the latter sounds familiar, we’ve come across a simple DIY solution to help keep all those vital gadgets close by.
Always have your phone, headphones and night time essentials in reach by making My Poppet’s easy, non-nonsense Bedside Gadget Caddy. All you’ll need is some double sized cotton, bias tape, an old blanket and your usual sewing supplies. Bright colored fabrics are perfect for livening up kids’ rooms and keeping toys and games off the floor.
Find the detailed instructions for this project here.
Remember, no matter how big or small your home is, there’s always a new tip or trick out there to help you get the absolute most out of your space. With a little time and a pinch of creativity, you can create stacks of stylish storage solutions that won’t break the bank.
Which of these amazing DIY storage solutions do you most need in your home?