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5 Upcycling, Space Saving Tips

By Amy Webb:

Saving space can be expensive sometimes. Especially if you opt for ultra-innovative high-end products. But you can find some amazing space saving products if you look around. You can even buy 2”-deep desks that fit against the wall, or wall beds that act as shelving when the bed is upright, but turn into a bed while still holding the items on your shelf.

If you are on a tight budget, you could try upcycling old items you have lying around. So, what is upcycling? It’s all about reusing old or discarded products to make a new item that is more valuable than the original. By doing this, you can save space in your home by not cluttering your attic and basement with unused items, but ensuring they have a stunning new place in your home. Here are some fantastic upcycling space saving tips.

Cool Book Shelves

You can repurpose almost any item in your home into a little bookshelf. This is perfect because books scattered around the home often make it look cluttered and untidy. With a new bookshelf, you will have the perfect place to store all your books without their taking up too much space. In fact, you can use an upcycled bookshelf to store cookbooks in the kitchen.

You can use something like a pie cooling shelf that works just as well as a larger bookshelf and uses less space. Or, why not find a new purpose for that old CD rack in the living room that isn’t being used for much of anything anymore. Here are 20 more ideas!

Jewelry Hanging Ornaments

Do you find that you can never locate the piece of jewelry you want to wear on any given day? Do you have a bunch of different jewelry boxes in your bedroom, and are they so packed full of different accessories that you can never find the one you’re looking for? If so, it sounds as if you need some ornaments hung up around your room. That’s right, ornaments are no longer just for the festive season. You can hang ornaments on the wall, the perfect place to store jewelry in plain sight. The best part is that they won’t take up any room and you will always know where your favorite necklace is.

Window Frame Photo Frame

Are your old window frames clogging up space in your garage? Perhaps you’re thinking about throwing them out. A better option would be to use them as a free alternative to a fresh new photo frame for your home. With a fresh lick of paint, these frames can look absolutely stunning on your wall and be the perfect place to hold those fond memories of days past. Or, you can be a little more creative, adding a landscape view behind the old window frame. That way, when you look at it, you will feel as though you are gazing into a completely different world.

Using Old Furniture

Moving to a new, smaller home often means it’s time to abandon old furniture. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, you can take the drawers from dressing tables and repurpose them as shelves. Just remove the liners, prop them against the wall and you’ll find that they look absolutely perfect as a shelf for shoes, books or files in your room. You can even use the inside of the drawer to store items that you want to keep out of sight.

Hanging Up Shoes

Finally, if you’re a shoe shopping addict, your shoes can take up a surprising amount of space in the home. The best way to deal with this is to keep them off the floor. Using an old coat rack, you can hang them up on the wall. Or, put them on coat hangers, then hang them on the back of your door. This is a great way to keep the clutter out of sight and out of mind while still knowing exactly where your best dress shoes are. Top tip: Look on Pinterest for inspiration!

Amy is the queen of upcycling. She spends most weekends coming up with unique upcycling ideas and salvaging random items from old houses, scrap yards and car boot sales. She loves old wood and finds amazing ways of turning it into useful household furniture and accessories. 

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