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8 ways to use wasted spaces in your home

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Empty nooks, bare corners and other wasted spaces in your home can be transformed into functional storage and stylish new features. 

Bunnings Workshop community members have shared many creative ways to utilise space in their home. Get inspiration for your own home from the ideas below and let us know if you need a hand with your project.


1. Add a seat with storage


A seat with storage underneath can be a practical addition to maximise storage in small spaces. Mariana (@lifestylebymari)  transformed an unused spot in her home into an inviting window nook by adding a seat with concealed storage.


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Find more storage ideas for your space with our Top 10 most popular storage projects, kitchen storage solutions and 5 clever ways to maximise storage in your home.


2. Construct a breakfast bar


Add some cafe style to your home with your own breakfast bar. Making great use of a small space, experienced Workshop member Rufaro (@diy_hausdesigns) built an outdoor breakfast bar in a corner of his patio. 


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Check out our Top 10 most popular outdoor furniture projects for more inspiration.


3. Use planter boxes


Planter boxes can be a great way to add greenery and a feature to your backyard. While giving her small yard a makeover, Marlie (@marliemakesit) used planter boxes, pavers and thoughtful planting to turn an unused space into a garden oasis.


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Workshop member Adam Woodhams (@Adam_W)'s step-by-step guide on How to build a planter box with bench seats has step-by-step instructions.


4. Build a bench seat


Relax and enjoy your backyard by adding a bench seat. Sandra (@sandy_d)'s easy and popular corner makeover included building a bench seat made using Besser blocks and a concrete planter. She then added paving slabs and stones around the seat, turning an empty backyard space into a cosy corner.


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Inspired by Sandy's creation, experienced Workshop member Rob (@Peggers) has shared step-by-step instructions for building your own Besser block bench seat


5. Build a spice rack 


Many of us dismiss the gap next to the fridge as wasted space that’s too narrow and not accessible. Adam (@DIYology) utilised the space cleverly with a slimline pull-out spice rack.




Here’s a step-by-step guide how to build your own slimline spice rack by resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitchell (@MitchellMc).

6. Install a cabinet


You can never have enough storage in the home. Rufaro (@diy_hausdesigns) built a custom wine-rack cabinet to maximise storage in an awkward space in his kitchen.


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Don’t miss these 8 inspiring cabinet projects for more creative ideas.


7. Add a floating shelf


A floating shelf is great for maximising storage. Tara (@Tara86) used the Flexi Storage shelving range to build this accessible children’s bag and shoe rack behind her front entrance.




Have a look at these 10 ways to use a floating shelf for more related ideas.

8. Add a console table


Console tables are long and narrow, suiting hallways and other tight spaces. Built in a couple of hours, Carol (@Carol_Prime)'s Acacia console table fits perfectly in an unused nook in her dining area and includes a storage shelf.


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Top 10 most popular indoor furniture projects contains more impressive table builds.


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