It’s the same predicament that arises with nearly all families in the South East at some point: do you move to London for work, where you’ll be close to amenities and have family fun attractions on your doorstep, but be slightly cramped in a property, OR do you stay in the country where you’ll be able to afford a larger property but have a massively longer commute?
However, there’s no need to feel confined in the metropolitan city you love. In fact, you don’t even have to fork out a fortune to get more space. Instead, make the most of what you can afford for your budget by introducing clever storage solutions that not only free up space and make your home look tidier, but are child-friendly too.
Here are a few of our favourite solutions:
High Level Shelving
The basic and rather obvious first option is to use simple shelving, but at a height where your children can’t reach it.
Many London homeowners are lucky enough to have high ceilings in their properties which most of the time is unutilised space. Well, no more! Picture rails in kitchens or dining rooms offer the perfect position for displaying ornamental plates, storing large crock pots or books. You could even show off your kids’ arts and crafts masterpieces by placing them here!
Under Bed Storage
Another favourite of ours is the under bed drawers or hydraulic lifting beds. This is the perfect ‘hide it away and forget about it’ storage solution for rarely used items like surplus bedlinen, towels or winter clothing.
Investing in this kind of bed will not take up any more floor space than you already use, but will free up considerable space elsewhere for toys, books, DVDs or whatever you need it for. The only difference is that you’ll be sleeping a few inches higher and your wallet may be slightly lighter this month.
Hidden and out of the way it is unlikely that your children will take any notice of this subtle storage; however, if they do, why not give them their own child-friendly version in the form of a bunk or cabin bed?
Bench Ottomans or Window Seat Storage
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If you’re worried about sharp corners, fingers getting caught or any of the other potential dangers then we’d suggest another ‘hidden’ storage option – a padded ottoman storage bench or window seat.
A window seat is ideal whether you live in a converted Victorian house flat or a grand Georgian terrace because both have wonderfully large, bay windows. Plus, they can be reasonably cheap to have fitted too. Simply make the sturdy lid hinged to easily place your toys or bric-a-brac inside, and cover with soft padded seat cushions in your fabric of choice.
Of course, there are many more clever storage solutions that can leave your lovely London family home much more organised, less messy and your children more settled. Whether its labelled plastic storage bins on caster wheels, hanging nets in the corner of your rooms or a good quality, hanging shoe organiser, the possibilities are endless; you just need a little imagination.
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