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5 Space Saving, Storage Making Ideas for Your Home post contributed by Big Yellow :: Posted by: Admin on March 8th, 2017

5 Space Saving, Storage Making Ideas for Your Home

It seems to be a fact of life that no matter how big our living spaces, our possessions expand to fill it. Knowing how to maximise your storage areas, and find underused places around the house, is the trick to controlling your space and your possessions.

Here are five ways to make the most of what you probably already have:

1. Finding Hidden Spaces

There are hidden spaces inside every house. Here are a few of them:

Under the stairs. Whether it’s a cavernous area or a pokey little cupboard, you can get more out of this space by installing shelves or coat hooks if you have the height.

Beneath the kitchen cabinets. Normally covered by kick boards that are relatively easy to replace with lift up flaps, these hidden storage areas can hold a multitude of items from board games to flat sports equipment such as racquets or bats, or even baking trays and roasting tins.

Above and between doorways. The areas above doors are hardly ever used, not even for picture hanging. But install a shelf above the door and you have a handy storage area for books or decorative items you want to keep out of reach of the children. If you have two doors close together, you could consider installing vertical shelving in the narrow gap between the doors as well as shelving over. As well as increasing storage area, it creates a feature by giving the impression of a recessed doorway.

2. Rotating Possessions

A good idea, but many people never consider rotating their possessions according to season by putting items not in use into self storage. Prime candidates include seasonal gardening equipment and furniture, or items that are only used occasionally such as large dining tables, spare beds, or out of season clothes that otherwise take up space in the wardrobe.

Rotating children’s toys is also a good idea, especially large items that take up a lot of space. It works very well with toys that are no longer played with but that you don’t want to part with, since putting them away for a few months gives them a new novelty value when they’re returned.

Self storage spaces can be cheap to rent and have short-term contracts so you’re not locked in. They are in handy town locations and have long opening hours for easy access to your possessions. There is also a wide range of storage room sizes available to suit all needs and budgets.

3. Creating Activity Zones

You can create all kinds of activity zones at home, from a dining area in the kitchen to a quiet nook for children to complete their homework. Whether you’re creating a cosy library in a child’s bedroom or cordoning off an area in the living room for a computer workstation, the idea is to have everything needed for the activity located within that area. This keeps the rest of the house tidy, and encourages the activity since everything needed is readily to hand.

4. Thinking Vertically

Open shelving is fashionable, and there are many different styles to choose from to suit any kind of decor. By using open shelves instead of bookcases, you keep more of the floor area clear, and so create the illusion of more space.

Open shelving works especially well in kitchens, providing additional space to store either recipe books or decorative crockery and utensils. If you don’t have much wall space in the kitchen, it’s possible to install narrow shelving beneath existing wall cabinets, creating additional space for herb and spice containers.

5. Storage Furniture

Storage furniture looks as neat as conventional furniture, but with the added benefit of providing storage for all the bits and bobs that tend to clutter up living rooms, bedrooms or bathrooms.

Coffee tables or end tables with built-in drawers and shelves beneath provide handy hiding places for TV remotes, games consoles, tablets, phones, and chargers. In both master bedrooms and children’s bedrooms, Ottoman style beds have cavernous spaces underneath the mattresses in which to store spare linens, bedding or toys and games.

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Colour of the year 2017 :: Posted by: Admin on December 20th, 2016

Colour of the year 2017

Colour Trends For the coming year 2017

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have again, as they do every year, come up with what they think the upcoming colour trends for the coming year will be, through their international research they have selected a range of colours they think will be on trend throughout 2017, this year there is an interesting contrast between bolder, more striking colours and a selection of muted, lighter shades.


What Is To Colour For 2017

The colour of the year 2017 is…… 87BG 27/077 (also known as Denim Drift).

“Our review of international architecture, fashion and design trends revealed that blue is the colour of the moment. To make it relevant for your home, the team chose a blue that works as well in a kitchen as it does in a bedroom. Denim Drift, is the must-have colour for 2017. It will look great on your wall!”

Quote from Heleen van Gent Creative Director Dulux’s Global Aesthetics Center.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:
Dulux Trade website or here:

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Making and using a water level :: Posted by: Admin on January 13th, 2016

Making and using a water level

Water levels can come in very useful when you need to make a level line across a big expanse, such as in a room and a level simply won’t do. You can buy laser levels but they can be expensive and you may only require it once, this post describes how to make a cheap water level.

Water levels can be used for things such as dado and picture rails, wallpaper borders etc.

close up water level graphic

Making a water level

To make a water level is fairly straightforward, you will need the following items.

  • A long length of clear tubing
  • Water
  • Something to bung ends of tube (optional)
  • Funnel (optional)

You will need a length of clear tubing, long enough to reach around your work area, such as a room. The tube needs to be clear so you can see the water, so a garden hose wouldn’t be any good as it isn’t transparent.

Once you have your length of tubing you need to fill it with water. This can be done by using a funnel in one end of the tube and running water into it to fill the tube. You can also try the syphon method, but what ever you find works best for you. Make sure that there are no air bubbles in the length of tube, if there are work them out to an open end.

Don’t fill the tube fully as you will need to allow the water to move without it coming out all over the place and for it to settle to get the level.

Once the tube is filled enough you will need to stop the water coming out again, this can be done simply by placing your thumb over the end or a bung of some kind if you have one.

Using a water level

Now that you have made your water level you are ready to use it. You will need a starting point, this can be achieved by measuring and making a pencil mark, or maybe using an existing level, such as a dado rail, it could even be something in another room if the tube is long enough. For example if you want to make sure the dado rail is the same in two rooms. This will be your starting point.

You will need a second person to help you with using the level. One stays at the original level point whilst the other uses the level and marks the wall at the level.

The person holding the ‘fixed’ end, that is the original level mark stays holding the tube at this point, whilst the second person moves to a new point and holds the tube against the wall. The first person instructs the second person to move up or down until the water is level with the original mark, the second person can then mark the wall level with the water in the tube, thus giving a level line.

Continue doing this in several places as required. Remember not to lift tube too high without having end blocked as it will flow out. You can then if required draw a line and join up the marks.

water level grapgic

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How to secure outbuildings and sheds :: Posted by: Admin on November 5th, 2015

CCTV and padlock

How to secure outbuildings and sheds

We all struggle for storage spaces and often fill our sheds, garages, summerhouses and outbuildings with ‘stuff’, now whether we need it or not or simply store it until we go to the local dump with it the problem is all the same.

Sometimes we may have a man cave where we go and organise our tools and tinker on the latest product, or maybe we have turned our shed into our office? Whatever we use the buildings for we need to make sure they are secure as they can often be easy pickings for thieves.

Keeping it secure

The simplest way and cheapest way is to fit a padlock onto the door using a hasp and staple. However, you can go further and install alarms and CCTV but this choice comes down to what you keep stored away.

The very least should be a lock of some kind, this will deter the opportunist thief. Adding locks is far cheaper than replacing stolen belongings such as bikes, lawn mowers etc. Once you have a lock fitted, always lock up when you are finished.

If your outbuilding has windows you could put bars over the window to stop easy access through the window, if the windows are lockable, lock them.

Lights, CCTV, Alarm

If you have more valuable stuff stored away such as bikes or your outbuilding is a home office you may wish to consider adding a little more security than just a padlock. An exterior light fitted with a PIR (passive infrared sensor) that comes on when movement is detected is a good idea and could scare off would be thieves.

If you want to keep an eye on what is going on you can install a simple CCTV system, these have come down in price in recent years and will allow you to see what is going on and who maybe lurking around. There are many systems to choose from, many are self install and can be connected to a PC or TV for viewing.

An alarm could also be fitted, these can be self install and don’t have to cost a lot of money for a basic system. A simple PIR (passive infrared sensor) and one or two door / window magnetic sensors should come in under £100.00.

Securing other items

Some people may have extension ladders that do not fit into a shed, garage or outbuilding and simply leave these lying on the garage roof or just in the back garden, well these can be used to gain access to yours on someone else’s property, securing these is simple and cheap, ladder clamps that allow ladders to be securely hung on a wall, or a simple heavy duty chain and padlock secured to a permanent fixture will prevent them being used.

Other items such as screwdrivers, hammers etc. shouldn’t ne left around in the garden for example as these can aid a burglars access to a property or outbuilding.

In conclusion

We all have to store things and most often this is done in outbuildings, simple steps such as those listed above could prevent items being taken or use to gain access to a property.
They don’t have to cost a lot and it is up to you how far you want to go, beit a simple padlock or more secure with locks, lights CCTV and alarms, this will mainly come down to the area you live in and the value of items stored.

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