At last, hosepipes have been given a makeover! Check out these cool designs here
So your kitchen isn't big enough to take a rangecooker, in fact your kitchen might even be smaller than a rangecooker, but that doesn't mean you can't get an Aga in there! Another brilliantly big idea for a tiny space! Read more here
A dolls house is one of those bulky, often expensive, toys that take up floor space and have limited play life. Amy Whitworth designed the QUBIS Haus to have a dual purpose as a coffee table and a dolls house. The ingenuity of the concept combined with the sophisticated architectural quality of the design is what makes it a brilliantly big idea for a tiny space, read on here
Birthday and holiday periods create a real challenge for families living in little homes, because you have to work out where to fit the new influx of toys. And under fives' toys tend to be particularly clunky. Click here for our favourite gifts to buy for babies and pre-schoolers that won't take up too much space.
Ironing boards, vacuum cleaners, buckets and mops, they all take up valuable space in your home. And their clunky and awkward sizes means it's often difficult to keep them hidden too. But I've uncovered these nifty little pieces that can be rather more easily squirreled away:
Ikea's JÄLL ironing board, doesn't need a stand. It can be propped up on a table and hung on the back of a door when not in use.
I have to take everything out of my broom cupboard in order to get my standard vacuum cleaner in and the door to shut. So I recently tested out the Vorwerk Kobold VR100 robot vacuum cleaner. It was brilliant, it sped off cleverly cleaning up every space of my floor even the hard to reach areas such as under the sofa, which is where I conveniently stored it. You can even set it to work when you're out.
What I discovered, however, is that robot cleaners are ideal for tidy people, but if your floor is likely to have the odd bit of lego, chess piece or dog chew lying around on it you will need to get into the habit of doing an in-depth site survey before setting the thing off.
Cordless is the way to go though. Without having wires to wind around things and unplug and replug as you move from room to room you can get things done so much more quickly. The Gtech Air Ram cordless vacuum cleaner performs as well as a standard wired version and it doesn't require bags, so that's one less by-product to stock up on and store. Gtech has just launched the Multi too, a useful hand-held cordless device, which is all you need if you have a really tiny place and don't mind a quick whizz around on your knees.
If you don't have space to hide all your cleaning equipment away, don't worry, just go for products that look good enough to show off, the
Dot com gift shop has a lovely selection of Russian doll-inspired dustpan and brush sets and their hot pink feather dusters are fun too.
Whilst this Dish Wish Dish brush from Maiden will have the washing up magically clean in no time!
Maybe you don't have space for a wardrobe in your bedroom, or are looking for something more funky; perhaps you want an alternative to a traditional coat stand or hooks in your hallway; or maybe you're looking for a more attractive way of airing your washing? Read on
High-sleeper beds are great, because they add another 'floor' to a bedroom and they give it a studio-like feel, which is why they are particularly popular with teens and older children. Here's our guide to buying one and some of our favourite styles... read more
If you live in a little home, you need to minimise all the obstacles with in it. Where ever possible lose those knobs and handles. Chests of drawers, wardrobes, kitchen units, bathroom cabinets, if you're buying choose handleless.
And, although more often than not, handleless styles are contemporary in nature, you can find some more traditional looks if you search hard enough, particularly with the current fifties trend so prevalent.
In dinky homes, handles and knobs are just another thing to knock yourself on and catch your clothes on, aside from internal doors, which you need to get a firm grip on, avoid them.
The latest push to close and automatic close handleless doors are very safe and effective. They also have fewer dust traps and produce a much cleaner, streamlined look, enhancing that feeling of space that you're forever chasing.
You can take handleless to the extreme and even opt for mugs and cups without such protrusions, you'll get more space inside your kitchen units as a result!
It's lovely to be able to entertain occasionally, even if you don't have much space. You might have to push some furniture around and ask your guests to bring their own chairs, but just for a few hours you should be able to get a few people around a table for a meal.
The best way to achieve this is with a dining table that can grow. A decent extending table is hard to find, however. They tend to be dull and devoid of any style or impractical, because they require you to store the leaves somewhere. Click here for my top ten: