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Make the most of your narrowboat space

Make the most of your narrowboat space

Owning a narrowboat offers stunning scenery, welcoming communities, and the freedom to take your home wherever you please. However, downsizing from a house to a boat can be a challenge. Here are some creative ideas to maximise space on your narrowboat, ensuring you have ample storage and comfortable living areas.

Convert stairs into drawers

Most narrowboats have stairs, and the space underneath them often goes unused. Transforming this area into drawers can provide much-needed storage without sacrificing any living space. These hidden drawers can be ideal for storing shoes, tools, or even pantry items, making every inch of your narrowboat functional and efficient.

Add boxes to the roof

Carefully consider the height restrictions, but adding storage boxes to your narrowboat's roof can be a game-changer. Store items you don't need daily, like Christmas decorations, extra bedding, or tools, in these boxes. Think of it as your mobile attic. Ensure the boxes are weatherproof and securely fastened, so your belongings stay safe and dry, even during travel.

Create cubby holes in the floor

If your narrowboat's layout allows, consider adding storage compartments in the floor. These cubby holes are perfect for storing books, shoes, or other small items, helping to keep your living space tidy and organized. Imagine having a designated spot for all those little things that tend to clutter up surfaces. Floor storage is discreet and can be customized to fit your specific needs.

Utilize wall space and cupboard doors

Don't overlook the potential of walls and the insides of cupboard doors. Install shelves or hooks to hang pots, utensils, or other items, freeing up valuable cupboard space. Magnetic strips can hold knives or spice jars in the kitchen, while pegboards can organize tools or craft supplies. In your living area, shelves can display belongings and add a cozy touch to your home. Use the inside of cupboard doors to hang cleaning supplies, cutting boards, or other flat items, maximizing every bit of space.

Declutter regularly

Finally, evaluate what you really need. If you haven’t used or worn something in the last 12 months (and it’s not seasonal), it’s probably time to let it go. Keeping your boat free of unnecessary items ensures you make the most of your space. Adopt a minimalist mindset and only keep items that serve a purpose or bring you joy. Regularly decluttering helps maintain a serene and spacious environment on your narrowboat.

Embrace the unique lifestyle of narrowboat living with these tips and enjoy the freedom and beauty that come with it. By optimizing your space creatively, you can make your narrowboat a comfortable, organized, and delightful home on the water.

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