Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Storage Solutions for Your Home; If Finding Room for This Year's Christmas Presents Seems Impossible, Check out Julia Gray's Suggestions for Increasing YOUR HOME's Storage Space

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Storage Solutions for Your Home; If Finding Room for This Year's Christmas Presents Seems Impossible, Check out Julia Gray's Suggestions for Increasing YOUR HOME's Storage Space

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ONE room where storage is essential is the bedroom, and while many of us dream of a walk-in wardrobe, most homes don't have the space. The next best thing is built-in wardrobes, as they provide acres of space and are a more flexible storage solution than freestanding ones.

Fitted storage is particularly useful in awkwardly shaped rooms, such as loft bedrooms, where you can make the most of the space, especially in the eaves. They are usually made to measure, so all the available space is used, and the interiors can be customised with drawers, shelves and hanging rails, etc, depending on your needs.

BRIGHT IDEA If you're home rewired add decorative around some of lights, ensure before the electrics This electrician to fit ceiling rose on decorative rose, access to the there's ever a with the The main downside is the price - fitted wardrobes typically cost thousands of pounds from a specialist company, although a carpenter will often make them for a lot less.

If your bedroom already has fitted wardrobes but the doors belong to another decade, simply replace them with more up-to-date ones (as long as the wardrobe interiors are fine). It's easy to get standard-sized or made-tomeasure replacement wardrobe doors, especially online, giving you a great new look for a fraction of the price of new wardrobes. Alternatively, get a carpenter to make new doors for you.

In the kitchen, lack of storage can drive you to distraction. A larder is ideal, but may not be an option in a small kitchen, where it's really important to have clever storage and a well-designed layout.

Kitchen showrooms and DIY stores can offer ingenious ways of making more of the space, including pull-out worktops, pull-out shelves/racks in larder units, carousels so you can easily access the back of corner units, and tall wall units that provide extra storage in kitchens with higher ceilings. …

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