Who says that your space can only serve one purpose? Creating multifunctional areas in your home allows you to get even more out of your square footage. With some tools and creativity, you can DIY these six projects to maximize your house's potential.
Ironing Board and Mirror
This is a space-saving revelation that you're going to love. On one side, it's a full-length mirror. Turn it horizontally, and it's an ironing board. First, get a full-length mirror with a minimal frame. Measure it precisely and cut a 1-inch plywood sheet to that exact size. Cover one side of the plywood in smooth, heat-resistant fabric, and secure it all around the edges with a staple gun. Use wood glue to attach the back of the mirror to the uncovered side of the plywood. Add small clamps around the corners to further secure the piece. Create a small loop with sturdy wire, and nail it to the ironing board side. Now, you can hang your mirror on the wall. When you need the ironing board, take it off the wall and place it on your bed or any surface to iron your clothes.
Bench Seat End Tables
Turn your end tables into extra seating with a simple DIY addition. Start with a sturdy end table, or make an existing table more sturdy by tightening all the joints and adding leg braces. Make sure the table can support up to 300 pounds of weight. Then, glue Velcro strips along the back edge of the table so they're out of sight, but accessible. Using fabric and foam batting, create your own cushion to match the top of the end table. Leave a 2-inch flap of fabric along the back edge of the cushion, and sew the corresponding Velcro strips here. Now, the cushion can be attached to the top of the table to become extra seating.
Use the Space Under the Stairs
Staircases take up a ton of space, but they don't have to. The space under the stairs can become bookcases, shelves to display knickknacks, or even a wine cellar with racks for bottles.To complete this project you should fist consult with an architect or engineer because you don't want to compromise the structural integrity of your staircase. Once you have professional guidance, start cutting away the walls of the staircase, but not the studs. (Find out from your expert which supports can safely be removed.) If you'd rather leave all the studs in place, you can. Cut narrow drywall panels and install them around the studs to create columns. For a smaller space, simply frame out boxes and/or shelves between the drywall studs using plywood sheets.
Build Into the Walls
The space between studs in the walls is typically dead space for most, but here's a way to utilize it. Knock out about two feet of wall between studs in your bedroom, office, or any room that needs more storage to create a built-in shelving unit. First, use a stud finder to locate the places you shouldn't touch, and do a little demo. Use 2x4s to build a new frame around the hole, attaching the 2x4s to the existing studs in the wall. Cut and nail new pieces of drywall or plywood into the frame to create a rectangular or square opening. Then, paint the square to match your walls. You can also frame out the indentation with molding. Add pieces of plywood to create horizontal shelves or install hooks to hang things.
Build Storage Above the Bed
With 2x4s and some DIY energy, you can start making use of some of that wall space above your bed. Sand, paint, and stain your 2 x 4s before you use them to build a frame around the bed. Nail them securely to the existing studs within the walls so the structure will be supported. Add extra 2x4s to frame out shelves, cabinets, and storage spaces above and around the bed. You’ll end up with a custom-built design that beautifully frames the bed and offers all sorts of storage.
KC Morgan has been a professional freelance writer since 2006. Over the last decade, KC has published thousands of articles and blog posts that have been read by millions.
KC has written how-to articles, guides, and tutorials on different DIY ideas and home improvement projects. KC doesn&rsquo;t just write about DIY projects, she does them in her spare time too. KC shares her DIY passion by creating original articles, so others can pursue their own home improvement goals and ideas too.
KC&rsquo;s articles have appeared in Popular Mechanics, and have been featured on DIY guru Bob Vila&rsquo;s website. KC has written in-depth DIY articles for Sears.com and Overstock.com, as well as dozens of other websites. KC combines research and hands-on practice to provide useful tips and techniques for all sorts of DIY projects so that anyone can find ways to improve their own home and get the living space they want. KC works on her home every single day to learn new cleaning hacks, find DIY new projects, and discover new techniques to share with readers.
When she&rsquo;s not writing or DIYing, KC enjoys watching college basketball, playing with her cats, and experimenting with new cupcake recipes.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
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ASE Certified Master Auto Technician
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Bus Driver/Substitute Teacher
Inventor with two patents (weight training &ndash; anti-rollback for manual wheelchair)
BS in Industrial Technology