If you are like many homeowners, you constantly keep an eye out for simple, cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable and increase storage space. Luckily, you have many options when it comes to fixing up your house to make it more comfy and livable.
Whether you are looking for better storage solutions, easier ways to clean, or ideas for adding more comfort to your home, look no further than these 41 home improvement hacks and tips.
1) Create a Bedroom for Your Dog
Save space in your home, and create a bedroom under the stairs for the family dog.
2) Install Baseboards That Vacuum
Rather than vacuum or use a dustpan to clean up the crumbs and other scraps on the floor, this special baseboard will be a huge time-saver. Just use a broom, and this will suck up all the debris!
3) Lower the Living Room
Create a unique feel to the living room by making it “sink.” It’s an elegant design that creates a space within a space.
4) Put a Sink With Jets in the Laundry Room
Tired of separating your delicates from the other clothes? Install a sink with jets in the laundry room so that you can wash your delicates while you wash your other clothes. Talk about being efficient!
5) Change Up Your Wallpaper
Cover the walls in your attic with cloud/sky-like wallpaper. Then put pillows all over the floor to create an awesome nap environment.
6) Add Storage Space Underneath the Staircase
Why should the space below the stairs go to waste? Add a pull-out storage unit underneath the stairs!
7) Install Built-in Bunk Beds
Build the bunk beds directly into the walls for a more classy and sophisticated feel.
8) Add Accordion-Style Windows to the Kitchen
Install accordion windows for easy open and close. This is perfect for the kitchen, as it lets you air out any unwanted odors and provides a warm, cool breeze while you cook!
9) Create a Cozy Nook
Find unused space and create a cozy, comfortable nook to take a nap or read a book.
10) Create a Small Office
If you don’t want to create a nook with unused space, try to create a small office.
11) Add a Second Dishwasher
Two is always (usually) better than one. In this case, two dishwashers saves you so much time. Alternate between the two so that you always have clean dishes readily available.
12) Create a Comfortable Shower
Create a lounge chair in the shower for a relaxing experience.
13) Build a Tree Mansion
Don’t just settle for a small playhouse. Go all out with a tree mansion!
14) Install a Walk-in Shower
A walk-in shower is much easier to maintain and manage since you don’t have to deal with debris on the glass doors of a normal shower.
This is super creative, and it gives you a relaxation space, as well a bed room.
19) Install a Secret Room
Always wanted that “secret” room from the movies? Try this out!
20) Add Garbage and Recycling Chutes in the Kitchen
Chores just got so much easier.
21) Install a Skylight in Your Bedroom
Fall asleep under the stars
22) Use Hidden Cabinets for Extra Counter Space
If you are cooking up a feast, then this could be really useful. Pull out a hidden cabinet for some extra space.
23) Place a Fireplace Near the Tub
Talk about peaceful!
24) Add a Small Deck
Add a small deck to the master bedroom for a vacation getaway-like experience at home.
25) Install Seating Around the Fireplace
Space efficient and perfect for the winter months!
26) Hide Your Thermostat Controls
Hanging a painting by some hinges to your wall is the perfect way to hide a thermostat box.
27) Use a Shoe Organizer in the Pantry
Hang a plastic pocket shoe organizer in your pantry, and fill it with snack items. This will cut down on the number of boxes you have to fit in your pantry and utilizes a space that wasn’t being previously used.
28) Stop Buying Swiffer Pads
Use a pair of fuzzy socks instead of buying Swiffer pads. You can toss this one in the wash and keep reusing it.
29) Aluminum Foil Balls Instead of Dryer Sheets
You can ball up some aluminum foil and use it in place of dryer sheets.
30) Hang Your Ironing Board With Coat Hangers
Place two coat hangers about 6 inches apart, and hang your ironing board from it.
31) Use Command Hooks
These babies can work miracles in your home, especially if you live in a place where you can’t put holes in the walls. There are pretty much endless things you can do with Command Hooks, but they work great for storage like hanging bibs from behind the highchair or using them to hang your curling iron.
32) Classy Detergent Bottles
If you buy in bulk and can’t stand the sight of those gigantic detergent bottles, you can put it in one of those fancy glass drink dispensers to make your laundry room look neat and classy.
33) Keep Paint in a Jar
After you’re done painting a room, make sure you save a little bit of paint in a baby jar and have it on hand for when you need to make a touch-up.
34) Use Mail Organizers to Store Shoes
Mail organizers or magazine holders are a perfect place to store flip flops and flats.
35) Shoe Organizers for Your Water Bottles
Are there always water bottles rolling out of your cabinets every time you open them? Store them in an over-the-door shoe organizer, and they’ll always stay in place.
36) Use a Shower Rod for Storage
Place a storage rod on the inside of your shower and hang stuff from it for extra storage.
37) Hang Your Pants With Shower Curtains
Use shower curtains to hang your pants so they take up less room in your closets or drawers.
38) Use Foam Noodles as Door Stops
Cut a foam pool noodle in half, and screw it to your wall to prevent your doors from scratching your walls.
39) Hide a Key With a Pinecone
Place a key inside a prescription bottle or camera film case and glue a pinecone or a rock to the top of it. You can hide it by burying it into the ground with the pinecone sticking out.
40) Squeegee Pet Hair
A squeegee can be used to remove pet hair from carpets and upholstery. If you like this article, Pin it to save it for later, or please SHARE it with your friends and family.
41) Magnetize Your Hammer
Glue a magnet to the bottom of your hammer so you don’t have to always search for nails or hold those dirty things in your mouth.
42) Add A Tile Backsplash
A backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom is an easy way to instantly make a room feel updated, vibrant, and classy. What’s even better is that you don’t need to apply each tile one by one anymore, there are sheets of faux tile available that are super easy to install. Some are even self-adhesive.
43) Paint DIY Stripes
Transform a boring one-colored wall into a beautiful eye-catcher by simply adding some stripes. In this DIY project, you can create stripes as thick or thin as you want and in any color you want – the possibilities are endless! Plus, that boring wall is now turned into a piece of art.
44) Install Crown Molding In A Jiffy
Crown molding can add a ton of character to any room in your home. However, installing it doesn’t have to be a pain. Popular Mechanics has step-by-step instructions on how to install crown molding in your home in just a few simple steps.
45) Sliding Doors Are Beautiful Space-Savers
When you have a small room or space, having a door that swings open can take up valuable space. But if you install sliding barn doors instead, problem solved! Head over to DIY Joy for the tutorial on how to install your own.
46) DIY Screen Door
During warmer months, wouldn’t it be nice to prop open your front or back door without letting in any critters? Install a screen door to allow air flow all while using recycle products with minimal effort. Designer Trapped shows you how.
47) Create See-Through Glass Cabinets
Switch out your ugly, dated kitchen cabinets for ones with a glass front. It gives your kitchen a clean, beautiful look, with the illusion of extra space. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have dishes and glassware you want to show off!
48) Install A ‘Roll-Out’ Pantry
Here’s another great idea for when you are working with limited space – a roll-out pantry! This DIY pantry can slide in between the tightest of spaces – like that space between your fridge and the wall or a small crevice between your stove and cabinets.
49) ‘Plank Out’ Or Tile A Popcorn Ceiling
Popcorn ceilings are so dated and if you accidentally touch them? There are bits and pieces everywhere! Hide that ugly popcorn by installing wood planks or tiles over them for an instant and beautiful upgrade.
50) Create A Thicker Baseboard
Much like crown molding, baseboards can completely transform a room. But, if they’re too thin, they can almost look cheap or cheesy. Instantly ‘thicken’ them up by following the tutorial at The House Of Smiths.
51) Replace Dated Countertops With Concrete
Most of us don’t think of concrete as being beautiful, but in the right application, like for your kitchen countertops – it can be absolutely gorgeous. A Beautiful Mess explains how they did theirs.
52) Stain Your Oak Banister
Another popular feature in a lot of older homes with two floors are oak banisters. Although they’re functional – they aren’t very pretty. Luckily, that can be fixed with a little bit of sanding and some stain.
53) Paint Your Linoleum Floor
Linoleum! Yuck! The only place you should ever see this awful material is in school cafeterias or institutions – not your home! Luckily, it’s super easy to remedy with a bit of paint and creativity. Pick your favorite colors or designs and have fun with it!
54) Fix Chipped Concrete Steps
The front of your house and your front door are one of the first things that guests will notice upon visiting your home. If the step to your door is chipped and weathered, it can make the whole facade of the house look dingy. Two Feet First has instructions on how to fix this eyesore.
55) Frame Your Bathroom Mirror
The standard mirror in an apartment or home might be just that – a standard mirror. Often hung using simple plastic clips. Upgrade your bathroom mirror by adding a beautiful frame using the same pieces of wood that you would for baseboards – cut to the size and length of your mirror.