I know it doesn’t sound it, but in contrast to my recent pantry makeover (goals!) the broom cupboard transformation I then embarked on with Tansel was very nearly as exciting!
I was already quite proud of this clever extra storage in the kitchen. When we renovated the room four years ago, my handyman suggested we could fit a slim, full height pantry cabinet in dead space behind the fridge freezer for the mop and ironing board. I jumped at the chance for this bonus storage I’d not thought of myself. It’s been a great spot for the ironing board, mop and broom and not a lot else, but super useful for that tall stuff nonetheless.
But I had no idea it could be THIS good with clever pullout storage. Oh my goodness. It’s gone next level, don’t you think?
As usual, the experts at Tansel have all the best ideas for how to maximise a space with their products. Owner Tanya Selever suggested dividing the skinny cupboard vertically (as we did with my pantry), keeping one half for the tall stuff (surprisingly, less than 20cm width was all that was needed) and using the other half for pullout storage for my frankly ridiculous collection of cleaning products and hand washes (I get sent a lot since word got out I’m a clean freak!).
Their installer Mark then popped in an extra fixed shelf to create the perfect spot for my iron and handheld steamer.
I particularly like how the baskets are adjustable so I can move them up or down or remove one if I want to store something taller for example, like champagne (wishful thinking)!
“Most people think small spaces are a wasted space (because they can’t fit much) but with the right storage solutions, you can create a storage gold mine!” says Tanya. “Adding a vertical partition into this 360mm wide cabinet created two zones – one for storing tall items like the ironing board and mop and the other for storing cleaning and general laundry items. We also kept the upper shelf which is an ideal place to store items rarely used.”
She adds: “We included non-slip bases to stabilise tall bottles and make cleaning very easy. All racks are made of stainless wire so perfect storing cleaning agents that can cause corrosion.”
I find this cupboard so much more useful and fit three times more in it these days. It’s actually amazing that something just 36cm wide can hold so much stuff! Magic! Anyone with a small kitchen or laundry should really investigate these kind of solutions to maximise their storage without having to add anything to their floorplan.
And to think I was originally going to have that dead space closed in with an end panel!
Of course, you all want to know the cost: around $550 for two slide-out frames and five stainless steel adjustable racks and non-slip bases (with lifetime guarantees), and another $300 for install and additional materials. All up, around $850.
You can get 10% off Tansel products by mentioning Interiors Addict when you contact them.
Sounds like a great use of dead space and now you have extra storage capacity in a key room of the home.