Houses in Britain are getting smaller – around a third smaller, say experts.
Since the 1970’s, UK houses are being built with 32% less space on average, claims Buy Association.
And, with smaller floor plans comes a big problem – lack of storage.
If you’ve struggled to contain your stuff with the space available to you you have probably noticed where extra room is being wasted.
Under the stairs is one of the primary spots for extra room.
But, you don’t have to spend a fortune converting the area into drawers – just use DIY.
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One couple have managed to do the job themselves for just £80.
Juliana Beckham, 30, and James Beckham, 31, are parents to a little girl in Thorpe-le-Soken.
They were quoted a massive £800 plus VAT for a professional to transform the room under their stairs into custom storage space.
Juliana, a school worker, and James, a grounds worker, decided to do the job themselves instead – and saved £720 in the process.
The mum told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : "I got some quotes to build under-stair storage just before lockdown as we had just bought a house and I was concerned about storage because, as with all new builds, lack of storage is a issue, especially with all our little girl's craft stuff!
"The quotes came back at £800 plus VAT.
“Having just bought a house, that wasn’t a option, so after talking to my brilliant husband he said he could make it cheaper, something I didn’t think would ever happen as he has worked all throughout lockdown.”
James ordered the sliding runners from ebay for £20.99 for two lots, along with pop hinges, which cost £4.17 for two.
He also took a trip to B&Q and bought two sheets of MDF for £20 each.
The family had some leftover timber for the framework, but it’s pretty cheap to buy.
They also had some white paint already.
Juliana said: “James started the project on a Sunday afternoon and then worked all week, but he did an hour here and there when he was home and it was completed the following Saturday.
“To achieve this, the first step is to measure.
“Then, you need to add the framework, add the runner and build the base of drawers.
“After that, we made the framework of the drawers, fixed the pop hinges, made drawer fronts and painted and made some last tweaks."
The couple are thrilled with their new storage.
Mum, Juliana added: "I am extremely happy with the results and rather impressed that he pulled it off so well.
“The unsightly mess of our little cubby hole under the stairs is gone and it’s been made into practical storage for all the bits you don’t want on show.”
Cleverly, they also attached an extension lead under the the top drawer and drilled a hole in the base.
This allowed them to plug in a printer which lives in the cupboard.
The drawers have a button which allows them to be removed completely if the family need to access the broadband, which is below the drawers.
Juliana said: "This has all been highlighted on our home Instagram page at @beckham_home, where we have documented all the projects for our new build with plans for other projects in the future.”
The couple now have over 6,000 loyal followers – and some have even asked if they can hire him!
James advises that those wanting to try the hack themselves “measure twice, cut once” and be patient.