the airing cupboard

building a storage unit

our previous house was slightly bigger than this one

and had a loft running the whole length of it

we also all had large double bedroom

so plenty of space and plenty of stuff


we were glad to downsize

and tried our best at decluttering

however we still have a decent amount of stuff

and need a space to put it all


on the landing there is a small cupboard

however it was made a millennium ago

and is very weak and bent in the middle

it also leaves a gigantic wall space

that could be used


there is also a tiny window

which we are going to build around

as it brings in lots of natural light



removing the old

securing the wall

the window

a blank canvas

the plan

plywood structure

the first level

d.i.y. laundry baskets

storage crates

filling it up

the end result


check out my youtube channel for videos of each stage

and more on how i physically built the cupboard

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as always pinterest is my first point of call

so i created a moodboard


saving tonnes of inspiration

plus it gave me tonnes of nifty airing cupboard hacks


i wanted to go with a Scandinavian look

a simple minimalist look

keeping the landing light and airy

using natural materials

light wood, whicker & linen

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colour palette



it currently is filled to the bring with bed sheets, towel and loo roll

and like most places has stuff pilled on top of it


the wall are wallpapered and ery worn

there is also a decorative strip around the centre

which is rather wonky

first step

removing the old

we started by clearing out the cupboard

it currently contains bedding, towels and old photographs


then we removed the old structure

taking the front sliding doors off

and detaching the wood from the walls

a blank canvas

starting a fresh

now the space is cleared

it's painting time


we used the leftovers of a low voc white paint can from dulux

the plan

storage layout

so the tricky part was figuring out what storage we need

i wrote a list of all the things we want to store

and all the things we have no where to put


light and dark laundry baskets

bed linen


toilet rolls


ironing board

drying racks


first aid

travel stuff

camping gear


work uniform

gym & swim

plant care


old photos



board games

the wii