05 September 2016
Once you have made the
exciting decision to buy a new home through Shared Ownership, you’ll be able to
get stuck into decorating and personalising your new apartment. In order to
maximise space, check out our top tips.
There’s nothing better than
getting more than one use out of your furniture. There are plenty of pieces of
furniture that can double up as some useful, space saving storage:
- Bed – Storage
beds are fantastic way of storing items that you may not need on a regular
basis, but use enough not to be thrown out. If you have a seasonal wardrobe for
work, or play, or both, then a storage bed is the perfect place to keep the clothes
that you won’t be wearing during the colder or warmer months of the year.
- Puffe – Like
to put your feet up while watching your favourite box set? A storage puffe is
ideal for tidying away any DVDs, blankets or other living room necessities that
may create a bit of clutter when not being used.
centre – No matter how tidy you keep a room, tangled wires will always be
an eye sore! Entertainment centres hide away cable boxes, game consoles, DVD
players and any other gadgets you may have, whilst creating a nice focal point
for your TV. There are plenty to choose from, with options of cupboard doors
that can either open outwards or slide to create a slick piece of furniture
when the gadgets aren’t being used.
sky’s the limit
One key tip to follow when living
in an apartment is to utilise your vertical space! If you want to maximise your
floor space then try going upwards…
- Shelves –
can come in many shapes and sizes. Whether you’re storing books, DVDs or
are even using a shelf for decorative purposes to display vases or photographs,
height is your friend. We have some beautiful space saving shelves in our show
home at Harvard Gardens which make use of the entire wall.
caddies – are great for easy access to your shower essentials! They can
either be hung from the curtain rail, shower head or you could have shelves
built it to your glass shower screen and bathroom corners.
night stands – A bedside table is a small space that can sometimes be
needed to store many items at a time. Books, a lampshade, cups of tea or coffee
can take up a lot of space. Try mounting your night stands to create space
underneath which can be used for extra free standing storage or baskets to make
the most of your extra bedside space.
Magnets can be mounted to
several items such as spices, salt and pepper and kitchen knives, whilst also
creating a unique display and adding character to your kitchen! You can either
use the surface areas of your microwaves or fridges, or start from scratch with
magnetic boards mounted to your walls – this is also a great tip for keeping
knives away from small children that may be able to reach into drawers and
A simple hook or rod can make
a huge difference when trying to think of more ways to save space. You can hang
your storage in many different ways:
rod – Adding a tension rod to your kitchen cupboards is an efficient way to
store your cleaning products that can be hung by their handles. It saves space
and even better, the products will be easily accessible without knocking any
other items over.
– You can be really creative in the way your hang your jewellery. A simple
hook on the wall will suffice or there are plenty of types of jewellery hangers
to choose from. You could even have a go at making your own!
racks – These can go completely
unnoticed in your apartment! The material racks can be hung on the back of
doors or the back of your wardrobe. You’ll be able to tidy away your shoes
neatly and as each shoe will have its own compartment, they will remain dust
free whilst in storage.
- Utensils –
You may be struggling to squeeze all of your pots, pans and other utensils
into one or two drawers in your kitchen. Try hanging them from the hooks or
rails on the walls or even from a hanging rack attached to the ceiling.
5. Use your alcoves
If you have an alcove that you
may think is too small to make use of, think again! The possibilities are
endless with alcoves and they are such brilliant space savers. You can build in
shelves to display books, DVD’s or even some lovely house plants. If your
alcove is big enough, why not create a desk space for your laptop or computer,
where you can keep your work separately organised from the rest of your
If you are interested in finding out more about buying a
Shared Ownership property, take a look at the great properties available atHarvard Gardens in Elephant and Castle.
Regional Sales Director at L&Q