Sometimes the creative urge is just too strong to hold back and, sometimes against the advice of many, we decide it’s a good idea to undertake some DIY. If that’s you, then good for you! It’s your house and you should shape it the way you want it. You’re not the first to have this idea and there are some great projects out there that anyone can try.
It’s always a safe bet to start off with some projects in the garage – that way if you mess up, it won’t be seen by everyone every day until you fix it. One of the best ideas is to create a sliding storage system on the ceiling. It’s very simple and will help you get rid of a lot of clutter. First you need to find a used space on the ceiling, well away from light fittings or garage door openers. You’ll need to find plastic containers to hold the clutter you intend to clear away – these should have rims which can support the amount of weight you want to store away. Measure everything up then cut plywood for the flanges which should be glued and then screwed in. Flip the carriage assemblies and fix the top flanges. Screw the carriages into the ceiling joists (mark them first). Check that the container rims fit well on the flanges and that there is no chance of them falling down. You can add as many carriages as you want – great if you’ve got a lot of junk you want to store away.
There are obviously plenty of DIY ideas you can bring to fruition in the garage, perhaps the most challenging being fitting your own sliding door. Take a look at the advice shared by others if you decide you’d like to take on such a challenge.
Another simple idea which could be described as anything from a light tool storage unit to a brush hanger, depending on what you want to use it for, is to take empty coffee cans or other circular disposable containers, cover them with contact paper and glue them together before screwing them into the wall. This idea is so great because it can be just about as big or small as you need it to be and you have a lot of freedom to play with the design. You can tinker with it so that it fits in well with pretty much any room’s décor.
A similarly ingenious idea which can create room in your wardrobes, cupboards and similar areas is to use tension rods and baskets to store bric-a-brac. As they are concealed from view, you don’t really have to worry about making them pretty. They can also be used as separators and dividers when placed between shelves vertically.
Seeing as we seem to be gravitating towards the kitchen with these ideas, here’s one that’s beautiful in its simplicity –by screwing panels into your kitchen ceiling and attaching hooks to the panels, you can easily hang large kitchen utensils from them such as saucepans, frying pans, colanders, ladles and so on. This is a really great idea for smaller kitchens as storing such utensils can take up a lot of room.
Staying with ideas that save space in the kitchen, how about storing your cutlery in vertical drawer compartments instead of horizontal one? This idea is pretty much self-explanatory, you just have to remove a deep drawer and create compartments using plywood. If the drawer is not deep enough, you could build a larger drawer to take up the space of two smaller drawers, remove the roller for the lower one. Put plastic along the base and the edges as water may run off freshly cleaned cutlery. You should keep the drawer clean just like any other drawer of course.
Most importantly, make sure you have fun with these projects!