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Wall Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

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If you are struggling to find space in your small home, wall storage is sure to offer a practical, versatile solution. There are a number of ways to use your walls to store your goods. In addition to units that are made especially to be mounted to walls, you could also consider compact shelving systems that sit against the wall. What often works best is a combination of wall and floor storage that enables you to create space without ruining the aesthetic of your home.

In this mini guide, we share some of our top tips on how to save space with a few strategic wall storage pieces. Keep reading to find out more.

Adding More Space With Wall Storage

How can you maximise your space with wall storage? Let’s take a look…

Wall-mounted shelves.

Wall Storage Ideas for Small Spaces - Wall-Mounted Shelves

One of the simplest and most practical ways to save space, wall shelves are easy to install – usually requiring only the most basic of DIY skills. These shelves are ideal for anything from books to crockery and decor, working well in bedrooms, bathrooms, dining areas, living rooms, studios and even bathrooms. As they sit on the wall, these shelves free up floor space, keeping your smaller home nice and open without the appearance of clutter or cramping.

Wall-mounted desks.

Wall Storage Ideas for Small Spaces - Wall-Mounted Desks

A wall-mounted desk that offers additional shelving will allow you to keep your work area out of the way, while also storing basics such as files, books, stationery and other items. This type of furniture is especially useful for studios, dorm rooms and small apartments that lack a designated office. With a desk like the streamlined Muto Secretaire Desk by VOX, you will be able to pull up a chair and get your work done without needing to take up much floor space.

Flexible bookcases.

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Whether standing or fixed to the wall, bookcases can offer an extremely flexible storage solution for even the smallest of spaces. To get the most from this type of storage, design your own wall shelving by placing bookcases of similar heights and different widths. A wider bookcase positioned next to a narrow bookcase can easily make use of a wall, corner or even part of a wall. When you choose tall floor-to-ceiling shelving units, you will be able to make use of every available wall space you have to spare. You don’t have to limit bookcases to storing books, either. You can also store blankets, crockery, glassware, boxes, decor and many other things in your bookcases.

Invest in a few shelves to place on or against your walls, and you will soon see how easily you can save space with the help of wall storage.

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Delightful Dining – How to Create the Perfect Dining Room

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Ask any regular entertainer for dining room tips and you may receive a few different answers. Depending on your space, budget and overall requirements, there are a few tips that will always come in handy, however. The biggest tip of all is to use the space you have rather than the space you wish you had. Using space wisely will ensure that you choose the pieces that are just right for your dining room. With that in mind, we have put together a mini list of the most important dining room tips to help you plan your dream dining space.

Dining Room Tips for an Effortless Dining Space

Try these dining room tips to create an effortless, elegant dining space.

Look for savvy storage solutions.

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The right storage can make all the difference. All too often, storage is seen as something that is purely functional. Although you should be able to store your things safely, you don’t have to sacrifice style. If you have been lugging your hand-me-down dining cupboard every time you move home, it is high time that you invested in a modern, beautiful storage solution. Rather than hiding crockery, glassware and decor away, display it in a modern storage unit that blends into your dining room without taking up too much space. Look for neutral storage units that can blend into a wall without overpowering your dining table.

Invest in smart seating.

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Unlike chairs, which take up a fair amount of space unless they are stacked, benches can easily fit into a corner or against a wall. If you are low on space, you could look out for smart seating solutions such as storage benches, which double up as hidden compartments. Benches can also be used as side tables when not in use, which further adds to their versatility. Use your benches to store seat cushions, placemats, table clothes or even plates and cutlery. For best results, choose neutral benches made from quality wood. You can mix and match seat cushions with your table linens and crockery sets to change styles from elegant dinner parties to relaxed brunches or family breakfasts.

Choose space saving tables.

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If you have an open plan dining room or limited space, try a space saving table that folds out or expands. This will allow you to add more seats when the need arises, without taking up a lot of space when the table is not in use. Depending on your space requirements, this type of table can easily adapt to your needs, so that you won’t have to worry about having enough space for that upcoming lunch party you have on the cards. Many modern expandable tables have special spaces for table centrepieces and other items, which further adds to the usefulness.

If you’re looking for a wide range of premium dining room tables, chairs, benches and storage cabinets, the VOX dining table and bench collection is sure to have just what you need. Put these dining room tips into action and find the ideal solutions to your dining needs.

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Planning a University Dorm Room Revamp

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Whether you are searching for university dorm furniture for your first digs or helping your child get their very first student dorm room kitted out, trying to decide what to include in a dorm room is not always the easiest task. Most official res rooms are small, cramped and shared with a dorm mate. Much like choosing the right furniture can help you plan a small apartment or studio, knowing which university dorm furniture to choose can go a long way in helping you furnish this room in a way that gives you the biggest amount of space.

How to Choose University Dorm Furniture

Which pieces are a must-have? Which items can you live without? Take the guesswork (and stress) out of choosing university dorm furniture with the help of these handy tips.

Choose multi-functional pieces.

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You will likely not be able to squeeze in a double bed, bookshelf, closet, desk and dining table or kitchenette unless you get lucky and find a large room. Instead of trying to fit in as much furniture as you think is needed, get smart and look for convertible, multi-functional furniture that can easily adapt to your needs. Look for storage beds, compact tables that fold out to seat more people, bookcases that double as room dividers and other items that make the best use of available space.

Use wall storage to maximise space.

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Another way to make the most of limited space is to use walls instead of floors. Wall-mounted desks and shelves will take up less room than traditional desks and shelves, making the room appear bigger. This will also reduce clutter (a major challenge in any dorm room) and give you more room for seating. When you choose folding shelves, you’ll also be able to pack up your work area when it’s time to down tools and relax.

Look for hidden storage options.

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Finally, another simple way to find more space even in the tiniest of res units is to find furniture that offers hidden storage. This will keep your stuff safely out of the way, freeing up space for the important things like beds, seating and TV units. Underbed storage is another effective way to reduce space – make sure that you look for beds that are high enough to fit drawers below.

The good news is that choosing well-made, high-quality furniture for your dorm is the best way to ensure that your furniture sees you through your study years. Once you find your first apartment, you will have the basics sorted already. Rather than buying the first cheap furniture you see, it is therefore well worthwhile putting a bit of thought into your university dorm furniture to make sure that you choose functional pieces that will last.

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Furnishing Your Studio with the Lori Collection

With its modern design and space-saving efficiency, the Lori Collection offers the ideal choice for studio apartments. This versatile range features contemporary pieces that will easily adapt to your needs. Featuring high-quality laminate finishes in white and charcoal, along with warm touches of wood, this range also adapts to your decor style, working well in minimal, Scandinavian-style, and functional, gender-neutral apartments.

Whether you are moving into your very first studio or planning to revamp your current space, the Lori Collection is a great way to maximise your space to suit your style. Keep reading to find out how to enhance your studio with this collection from VOX.

How to Enhance Your Studio With the Lori Collection

Some of the ways that the Lori Collection helps you create the perfect studio include the following:

Clean lines.

Furnishing Your Studio with the Lori Collection - Clean Lines

One of the biggest challenges in furnishing a studio is getting the most from every bit of available space. Floor space is almost always at a premium, and bulky furniture can all too often take up precious space. Thanks to its clean lines that allow you to use wall space and corners, the Lori range keeps things tidy without getting in the way. Look for tall bookcases and shelving units that use space wisely.

Smart storage.

Furnishing Your Studio with the Lori Collection - Smart Storage

You can also use tall shelves to create zones within your studio. This will allow you to create a study area, negating the need for a separate office. If you invest in smart storage solutions such as boxes, pedestals and even pet kennels that can be easily kept out of the way, you will further save space. Mixing and matching different bookshelves is the simplest ways to create storage that meets your needs.

Reduced clutter.

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Another advantage of the Lori range is that it offers flexible storage that keeps surface clutter to a minimum. A major challenge in studio apartments is keeping your small space tidy. Too much surface clutter can quickly make the room appear smaller and more cramped. Look for coffee tables that have secret compartments, and other storage solutions that offer ample drawers and cable storage. This allows you to keep your precious goods within easy reach, without adding to the clutter.

Choosing a few signature pieces that can adapt to the look and style of your studio will further help to create a seamless apartment. That way, you can change up your decor without the need for a full studio makeover. View the full Lori Collection to start planning your dream studio.

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Saving Space with Dual Purpose Furniture

Dual purpose furniture offers a simple way to save space, while also helping you create a home that is modern and stylish. Rather than investing in multiple pieces, you can choose a few pieces that are able to perform double duty as the need arises. Whether furnishing your first home, planning a new look for the year ahead or simply considering ways to maximise your smaller home, dual purpose furniture is a contemporary solution that offers numerous benefits.

Why We Love Dual Purpose Furniture

What makes dual purpose furniture a must for the modern home? For starters, here are a few of the ways that this type of furniture helps you make optimal use of a smaller space.

It reduces clutter in small spaces.

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One of the biggest challenges to keeping a smaller space tidy is avoiding cluttered surfaces. Even the most stylish of small spaces will quickly start to look cramped when surfaces are not kept clear. Adding additional storage is not always a viable solution, either, especially if it further adds to the clutter. Furniture that features hidden storage compartments offers a smart way to reduce surface clutter, without taking up extra room. Whether you are furnishing a studio apartment, tiny cottage or cramped bedroom, the less clutter that is in sight, the larger the space will appear to look.

It maximises the space you have.

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Rather than working with the space you wish you have, it is always wise to use the space you have. Another way that double duty furniture can help in a smaller home is that it makes clever use of space. Slim-lined shelving units, for example, can easily fit into an awkward corner that may not accommodate a full sized unit. Pull-out couch beds can easily function as day beds when not in use, without taking up any more room than needed. All-in-one bunk beds that incorporate desks, beds and storage will easily fit into a small room, leaving floor and wall space.

It creates a seamless flow.

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Along with making smart use of available space and keeping clutter down to a bare minimum, dual function furniture can also help to create a seamless flow within your home. This type of furniture is especially useful in homes that have a combined living and dining area, with open-plan kitchens. Look for furniture that can easily be adapted with a quick shift or turn, such as tables that extend or shelves that offer hidden compartments. One example of how this flow is achieved is the Spot Extendable Dining Table. This table folds out to accommodate your needs, with optional drawers that further enhance the fuss-free dining and entertaining appeal of this table. When extended, hidden slots are revealed, which can be used to store cutlery and other items.

At VOX, we offer a wide range of furniture to suit your requirements. Browse our full collections to find dual furniture and other home essentials that enhance your space.

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How to Maximise a Small Living Room

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If you have been battling to free up space in your small living room, you may be wondering how to make the best use of the space you have. While there are many ways to make your living room look larger, the most effective space savvy solutions typically do not take as much effort or investment as you may have thought. One of the biggest mistakes that many make when trying to maximise is underestimating the role played by storage solutions.

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Space Savvy Solutions We Love

These space-saving solutions are ideal for studio apartments, tiny cottages, and any other type of small space. Designed to help you make use of the space you have, rather than the space you wish you had, these space-saving solutions from VOX also give you the benefit of contemporary designs that ensure that you don’t ever have to compromise on style.

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