Whether you are moving into a shared flat or you are living alone, you might find you need are you will never have as much storage space as you would like.

However, what about a bike you use for your daily commute or other items you need almost daily access to?

We have come up with three suggestions to help improve your storage space options in ways you may not have considered before.

1. Bicycle storage for flats

Bikes can take up a lot of space in a flat, and they should not be left blocking the way in communal areas such as corridors and hallways. Building managers have a responsibility to make sure escape routes remain unobstructed.

Assuming the block does not have an outside storage area or shed, and your flat does not have a balcony, you could hang your bike from the wall. Suspending it off the ground or floor can make a big difference to space perceptions.

You might want to hire a professional tradesman and consider carefully whether the wall is strong enough. If adding fittings to the outside of the building, you should consult the management committee or agents first to check there are no safety concerns.

bike on wall

2. Wall partitioning and storage

This is an excellent idea for flats with a large room that cannot be divided into two completely separate rooms by stud walls, possibly because there is no logical place to put an extra door.

A tall room divider like this can partition areas in a large room, so you can hide bulky stored items from view while providing extra shelf space to display your favourite items at the same time.

If you want to go all the way to the ceiling, you should check with your managing agent to make sure there are no service pipes or electrical wires for the upstairs flat tucked away behind your ceiling panels.

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3. Hidden home offices for flats

With more of us working from home at least some of the time, finding somewhere to ‘put’ the office after hours is a new challenge for many flat owners.

Fold-away desks can be incorporated with wardrobes and shelving units to provide space for your laptop and stationary. At the end of the day you can then tuck it all away and enjoy your space for leisure.


Do you need permission to create storage space in your flat?
If your plans include remodelling existing space or the layout of the permanent fixtures of the flat, you may require the freeholder’s consent. Structural alterations may need to be approved by a surveyor and an engineer.

Usually, the lease will tell you what works need to be referred to the freeholder and if they require a formal Licence to Alter. In general, the freeholder cannot withhold consent unreasonably. However, if you do go ahead without consent, you may be forced to pay for reinstatement.

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