Hang my bed

Hello everyone, I hope you are well. Beds that fold away or can be put away out of sight are nothing new. Innovation and technology is constantly growing and people are looking for new ways to space save. BedUp created by French furniture manufacturer Decadrages challenged the idea that a bed has to be folded away or stay static in the same position. BedUp’s bed frame can be raised up to the ceiling with the mattress and bedding attached.

Images from https://www.dezeen.com/2015/08/30/decadrages-bedup-lifts-up-to-ceiling-when-not-in-use/

The frame is held by two steel cables and can be adjusted to the height that you desire. The metal cables can support more than one tonne each at the break. Each suspension component is doubled for added safety. The bed has leg supports and stair options to support and get into the bed at floor level.

This bed would be great in a studio apartment to space save if you are interested in these types of ideas. Equally, this bed could be placed in any room, in any house or flat of any size, when you simply want to hide your bed away.

For more information please visit http://www.bedup.fr/new/bedup-vision/

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Alcove space

Hello everyone. I hope you are well. Alcove spaces are sometimes spaces that are over looked. These spaces could be used for simple storage, they could be used as cupboard space, or they could even be used as tiny rooms when you have guests/family round with bedding put in. Alcove spaces are interesting spaces because of the form and shape of the building. What did the architect have in mind when the building was being built, what did he or she want to achieve from that little space? I think these spaces are great.

Below are some images I have found to illustrate this point. Happy tidy living space.

Images from Google/Pinterest. I do not own the images. Credit to the photographer.

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Wardrobe refresh

Hello everyone, I hope you are well. Here at tidy living space, I am always on the lookout for simple effective ways to help reduce space and clutter so that the home is more tranquil. After going for a walk and having a browse on the internet, I found this idea using a fizzy drinks can tab.

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Image from http://www.purewow.com/home/How-to-Double-Your-Closet-Space-With-Soda-Tabs

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From what I can see, the idea came from a woman called Misilla at Learn to grow. In her Youtube video, link below, she describes how she uses this idea for hanging her clothes for what looks like, limited space to hang.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YDOxYV0JIMs

A simple, effective idea to reduce space in your wardrobe.

Hanging shoes

Hello friends how are you this January day? Storage in small spaces can be a problem or it can be an opportunity to have a play around and clear out and tidy up. After a refreshing walk yesterday, I arrived home and had a check on Pinterest. A few pictures down I came across a great infographic called “shoe hacks to keep your feet happy”. It had some really interesting ideas of how to clean shoes, keep them smelling fresh and one idea of hanging them to save space. I hadn’t given this a thought before, hanging shoes to save space. I loved the idea so much that this morning, I had a clear out of my wardrobe and tried to find space to hang my shoes. For me it was a no brainer; clean neat tidy shoes. Shoe shops and clothes shops do this to show off their merchandise; however how many of us transfer this idea to our home. Do you do this already and does it work out for you?

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The link to the shoe hack infographic can be found at http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/76136/infographic-shoe-hacks-happy-feet

I do not own the photos. Found via google.

Why not live in a van

Hello there friends. I hope you are well. Here at tidy living space I am always on the lookout for unconventional ways to live. The future of housing here in Britain seems to be changing a lot. I am part of generation rent, as the media calls us. Yes the generation that no matter what we earn, we wont be able to get onto the housing ladder and own a property; unless we save for a good 20 years. Something like that anyway. I was reading an article online the other day and came across a story of a woman called Syndi Bowld, who decided she didn’t want to sit at her 9-5 job for her foreseeable future. She decided to buy a van and renovate it and travel and live wherever she pleases. Her boyfriend Jim is with her. They are planning to use photography to get by and make money. They will make a lot of savings along the way and see a lot of the world. What a crazy amazing thing to do! This type of living isn’t for everyone of us, however it seems the trend is to rent, so why not try something different to get by. All this needs is some planning and then you are ready to go. Happy tidy living space.

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Original article and pictures found at http://metro.co.uk/2016/12/07/heres-why-you-should-sell-your-house-and-live-in-a-ford-transit-van-6305131/

Storage solutions

Hi there everyone. Storage solutions have been tried, tested and built for a number of years and are very helpful. We collect a lot of stuff as time goes by and have to find places to put objects like magazines, without getting to much in our way. I have found a few ideas, that are listed below, that could be of use for you.

1.Shoe ottoman.

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Wonderful shoes, male and female, in this compact ottoman. Great as a chair too.

2. Fold down table.

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Simple easy to use table idea. Good as a desk. Folds away when you have finished doing your work.

3. A hollow chair.

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A strong enough chair that is used to store magazines and books. It can be seen as an interesting interior design feature.

4. Using the inside of the cupboard door.

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If your cupboard is deep enough, you can use the back side of the cupboard door to hang shoes, and make little box containers to put small objects such as keys and nail varnish. Handy if you don’t want to misplace anything.

Images from http://www.boredpanda.com/efficient-space-saving-design/  and http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/17-most-genius-space-saving-hacks-you-could-never-imagine/

Living in a toilet

Hello there everyone. I hope you are well. The title of this post is living in a toilet. Why would anyone do that when we use toilets for other more practical things. I thought this too until I stumbled upon a story of a woman who transformed an old public toilet in London into a small home; and for a reasonable cost too. In this ever changing world, home life seems to be constantly changing and sometimes we have to change with it. Below are pictures from start to finish.

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In my opinion, this is an amazing use of unwanted space to create a home. The home cost £65,000 to build and is now worth £200,000 (George Clarke’s amazing spaces: the best builds Channel 4). For London living or any city living, this is a great price to pay, if you are prepared to get creative. If a space is practical enough, why not let more unused space like this be transformed and used to house people?

Pictures from the Telegraph paper and photographed by James Balston. Some pictures from Google.

Sliding doors – now you see it, now you don’t.

Good morning! I hope you are well. Sliding doors. What can they do for your home you may be thinking. Sliding doors have been around for a long time and can be a wonderful idea to help save space in small homes. Sliding doors are used for numerous things in modern society such as, lifts doors and automatic doors in shopping centre entrances. In Japan, a sliding door is very common in traditional style homes. What if, when designing and building modern homes, we used sliding doors in homes more than the open and close swinging door. I believe all homes should be of suitable size to live in. The added bonus of using a sliding door could free up more space by the door entrance, to place an extra side table for example, so that all the space is utilised in a better way and you don’t have to exclude the door way area in interior planning. Is there anyone who doesn’t like the sight of a door? A sliding door can also be hidden, if it painted the same colour as the wall; like a chameleon the door could camouflage and be less noticeable as the door would be a part of the wall, when the door is slid open. Happy door hunting.

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The humble council flat

Hello there and good morning. The humble council flat to many can mean living in a home or area that is run down and horrible with a stigma that living on an estate means you don’t want to achieve much in life. Sadly sometimes that is true. Most of the time that isn’t true. The council home in Britain has been around since about the 1920’s. Often, a council home has more square meters of space than a modern new build; yet more council homes have been sold off with less being used for people who need housing quickly, or families. I am a strong believer in making the best of what you have in the space you have, and that also includes council homes. Private rent is currently very expensive and in my opinion, council’s need to build more council homes again. What if the council house/flat was given more love in the way of decoration with the space utilised in a better way, removing the stigma attached to living in a council home. Interior decoration is so important for our wellbeing and to motivate us to then go on and achieve more and eventually buy a property of our own, if that is your goal.

Sarah Thompson author of the book style council, illustrates how creative homeowners have re-designed and made great use of the space in their council home. Her goal was to change the way people perceive council properties. Below are some pictures and a link to an article where she explains her thoughts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3183736/Gleaming-kitchens-period-fireplaces-designer-wallpaper-New-book-reveals-surprisingly-chic-interiors-hidden-inside-Britain-s-drabbest-council-houses.html

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Lego apartments for adults

Hello there, how are you doing in this weird and wonderful world? Living in a comfortable space is what we all strive for. If we can and if we want, being in the heart of the city in any country of the world, is also on some people’s list of comfortable living. In my quest to find different ways of living in a small home I have come across a lego style apartment in Barcelona’s Born district. A man named Christian Schallert bought a tiny apartment and had it re designed by architect Barbara Appolloni. It is an ingenious idea on how to space save in 24 square meters. I think it is a great space for the likes of single city occupants who want their first step onto the property ladder, students and even the homeless. I would hope because the space is so small, that it wouldn’t cost as much as a bigger flat because ultimately, it is one room. There is potential in this idea. For longer term living, I think moving into a bigger place would be better, if you want to have more space or have a family. Below is a video showing you what the apartment looks like inside. There is also a huge amount of light, which would be important in a small space. What do you think?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juWaO5TJS00

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