Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Western Aus­tralia

Find­ing the per­fect rental or share house, in a great lo­ca­tion and with am­ple liv­ing space, can some­times be chal­leng­ing, es­pe­cially in ar­eas close to busi­ness dis­tricts and some in­dus­trial ar­eas.

Here are four tips to max­imise your space and solve stor­age prob­lems, without leav­ing any ir­re­versible dam­age to your rental prop­erty.

1. In­vest in multi-use fur­ni­ture

Use clev­erly de­signed fur­ni­ture to add stor­age and save space to make your home feel roomier. Add ex­tra stor­age to your bed­room by in­vest­ing in a bed with draw­ers or un­der-mat­tress stor­age. You can even pur­chase beds with hid­den com­part­ments in the head­board.

Opt for a cof­fee ta­ble or side ta­ble with shelv­ing or draw­ers so you can hide per­sonal items.

Both a couch and a bed, a trusty fu­ton can be a handy ad­di­tion to your lounge or study, of­fer­ing a place to sleep for guests, while re­main­ing a func­tional every­day item. Some fu­tons come with added stor­age for your linen and pil­lows. Cof­fee ta­bles can also adapt, with some able to fold up for use as a desk.

2. Use floor-to-ceil­ing book­shelves

If you’re work­ing with a small apart­ment or bed­room, max­imise your space with a floor-to-ceil­ing book­shelf. The added shelv­ing will give you plenty of space to dis­play books and items.

3. Con­sider hang­ing stor­age op­tions

Hang­ing or­gan­is­ers for your shoes and clothes are not only great in your wardrobe, but can be used in your pantry, bath­room and laun­dry to in­crease the amount of stor­age space. Plus, they are easy to re­move.

4. Utilise ad­he­sive hooks and ten­sion rods

Ad­he­sive hooks and ten­sion rods are good al­ter­na­tives to drilling nails, rails and shelv­ing into your walls, as they shouldn’t leave any per­ma­nent marks. Ad­he­sive hooks can be used in cup­boards and on the back of doors to hang tow­els, oven mitts and bags, keep­ing shelf space free for heav­ier items. Ten­sion rods can also be stuck be­tween open en­try ways to sec­tion off a room with a cur­tain or in­side cup­boards to hold stor­age con­tain­ers, or hang up clothes or­gan­is­ers or shoe col­lec­tion hangers.

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