Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Stairs, shoes and small spaces

Oh good, another week has passed without any paperwork being waved under our noses, only a series of emails promising chasing and shouting being done on our behalf. I really dread the day that we should ever be in a chain of buyer-seller-buyer as this has been stressful enough.

In order not to shout and wave fists at others, I have been distracting myself with the usual magazines, blogs and Pinterest stalking. One of my greatest obsessions is storage. Having lived in an attic bedroom with only one flat wall for the last five years, storage (or rather, lack thereof) has always been an issue for Mr Flatzilla and I. 

With only 48m² in the new flat, storage solutions will be at a premium. Granted we will have the lofts for bulky items such as suitcases but, erm, I have a lot of stuff, much to Mr Flatzilla's consternation and constant threatening to throw various things in the bin lest I leave them on the floor one more time. Last night as I lounged around on twitter, I came across this video that two of my twitter chums Alex of AlexLoves and Michael of AnastastiaandDuck were talking about.


[GIZMODO - The Tiny Transforming Apartment That Packs Eight Rooms into 350 Square Feet from Gizmodo on Vimeo.]

While I salute the efforts of sliding walls, additional seats in the loo so you can use it as a 'private room' (err?) and keeping the top of your oven in a drawer, I think I will be passing on the above features but its certainly an interesting concept for a studio apartment and food for thought if your space is truly tiny.

Funnily enough, 350 square feet is about 40m² - only eight square metres less than our hopefully-soon-to-be flat yet somehow this looks smaller. Also, I would need WAY more wardrobe space. Which leads me to my next point, stair drawers.

When I first started surfing around on interiors blogs a few months ago and came across TinyAssApartment, a truly fabulous blog on what can be achieved in small spaces, I started noticing a definite trend for stair drawers like these:


[image via Apartment Therapy]

While we can't fit these in the stairs between the two doors, we do have a small staircase that leads up to a storage/wardrobe area so I'm hoping that once we actually have the keys, I can pull out the runners to see if there's enough space to fit drawers - it would solve, at least in part, the storage nightmare that is my shoe collection. I was discussing these with my lovely photographer friend Nick the other day and he mentioned that you can now buy kits to install them yourself. 

After a bit of googling, I can't find anything in conventional places such as B&Q or Homebase but having read a few tutorials, I reckon I could handle some MDF and a couple of runners. Or failing that, I will get our excellent carpenter to install them and save the inevitable of action of me super gluing myself to something which happens more often than I would care to admit.

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