Saturday, 30 April 2016

Better use of space

                                      BETTER USE OF SPACE


If you want to give  auspicious appearance to your apartment and also find space for storage here are some handy ideas for doing it.
When shopping for your furniture be one step ahead in your thinking.  A chest of drawers can provide more storage room than a side table and at the same time it doesn’t have to be too large.  A beautiful glass-topped table may look good but a coffee table with drawers may be used to hide things.  An open and spacious appeal to your living room can be imparted by utilizing furniture that serves a dual purpose.

An example of that is by choosing a bench which has a hinged lid for the end of a bed or beneath a window.  The space inside may be useful to store sheets, blankets, extra towels, out-of-season clothes and toys.  The centre table could be a piece with a hidden storage space for putting away magazines, papers and other miscellaneous household items.

Another area that can be cleverly put to use is the space under the staircase where you can build large shelves and get lots of extra space.  A set of open shelf spaces can be created on a blank wall and these will have aesthetic as well as practical storage value.  They can add some cheer to the room and will not intrude on space.  Most things in your room are unlikely to measure more than 5 feet.  So you should make shelves 12 to 18 inches below the ceiling for displaying decorative objects, plants hats or photos.  Ready made shelves with mounting brackets can be found in any building supply store.  In addition, you can put up a structured wall unit or entertainment center for housing books, electronic equipment and space for decorative arrangements.

You can make a home library with shelves extending from the floor to the ceiling and this bookshelf can act as a room divider rather than having a wall.  A knee-hole desk with drawers can be used for files and office items instead of having the usual open writing desk.  These ideas give plenty of storage room and do not intrude into the living area.

Imagine how much space there is beneath a queen or king-sized bed.  You can raise it higher by providing taller legs.  In order to have a dust-free environment without clutter, built in wardrobes that extend from the floor to the ceiling are perfect.  You can made pull-out drawers under your bed for storing linen.  An unobtrusive bedside table can be made by using wall space for a table that can be suspended. The headboard can be lengthened on both sides to use as a bedside table along with a lamp.

In the bathroom it is best to store things which are not decorative in a way that they will be hidden.  You could enclose shelves and cupboards behind doors.  Bars for towels may be fixed on the wall or can be hung on hooks installed behind the bathroom door.  You could fix short narrow shelves both above and below the washbasin.  Various accessories can be stored there.

All the available space on the walls and corners must be used up in the kitchen.  Hooks over the cooking range can be used to hang big utensils that do not fit into drawers.  A pull-out tray at the bottom of the cabinet can be used for smaller things.  A low cutlery stand may be used as a counter table, chopping board and preparation counter.  For this it only needs to be fitted with a rubber wedge top.  When you have to entertain guests a tray rack on wheels is ideal.  In short a little ingenuity will go a long way in giving you a spacious home with plenty of storage space.

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