Smart storage solutions seem to be a huge movement at the minute, with so many shows and influencers talking about or showing us just how easy it is to live a more organised life. The best part about storage solutions is that it does not look any certain way, and we can choose colour-coded containers, rustic baskets and even old furniture. Using all types of furniture for storage is not just sustainable, but it is a great financial hack and an even better weekend activity. If this is something you are interested in, here are some ideas on how to turn old furniture into storage solutions.
A TV unit
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Nowadays there is a range of TV unit styles that offer a stylish and sturdy place to put your TV plus draws and storage. In today’s modern world of streaming, draws and cabinets that once housed DVD’s can now be utilised to store other living room essentials like blankets, toys and spare pillows. So the next time you’re shopping for a new tv unit, ask yourself - what else can this piece of furniture be used for?
Blanket Box Or Toy Box
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Bench seats have been made in such a way that they have the infrastructure for storage underneath. With a few quick amendments, you could add a hinge to the top of your bench seat and make the seat also into a blanket or toy box with ample room inside. You can even upcycle the look and feel of the bench seat so that it can be used again as a seat, while also finding somewhere to stow your large collection of manchester. This can make a great addition to any room in the house.
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Most spare bedroom wardrobes are at full capacity containing your overflow clothes, but have you thought about how the beds in those rooms can also take on some storage? You can find some great storage trays or baskets that effortlessly slide under your bed and neatly contain those storage items that are not being used every day of the week. You can think about putting out-of-season clothes in these under the bed storage trays and baskets, or excess toys for the kids or your pets.
Couches And Bedding
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It’s always a shame when your couches and bedding start to break down and no longer meet the standard you are looking for. What you can do is upcycle the cushions from the couch and the quilt cases and pillowcases to store some belongings inside them. This is a colourful and sustainable way to keep your storage items together, and it means that you can hold on to those materials that you were not yet ready to pass on.
Coffee And Side Tables
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Now that we have explored three ways to turn furniture into storage solutions, let’s see if we can turn storage solutions into new furniture! If you are sick of the unsightly storage tubs and containers that are around your house, consider throwing a nice tablecloth or Moccocan blanket over these tubs that are stacked on one another, and use the surface as a coffee table or side table. This will also save you the effort and expense of buying a new coffee or side table, and it means the items in those storage containers are always close on hand.
A simple shift in mindset could mean that you start looking at every item in your home differently, and no longer believe that storage has to be a certain way. With these simple ideas, you can try to make your furniture work in multiple ways.
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