Palaset Treston storage boxes

Vintage Papaset Treston storage boxes | H is for Home

We picked up these fabulous red & white office drawers last week. They’re from the Palaset range designed by Ristomatti Ratia for Treston of Finland in the early 1970s.

Vintage Papaset Treston storage boxes | H is for Home

They come in individual units which slot on top of one another allowing you to customize your own larger system as required. They’re also available in brown, yellow and green colourways. For vinyl junkies out there, the open cubes are the perfect size to accommodate LPs. The modular range was very popular at the time, selling worldwide, but it’s increasingly hard to find these days. We think that there was a later re-launch, but the manufacturer used an inferior plastic and production didn’t last very long.

Vintage Papaset Treston storage boxes | H is for Home

Look out for the early examples. They have real solid weight to them – people often think they’re made of wood when first handled.

Lable on the bottom of a vintage Papaset Treston storage box | H is for Home

In addition to designing office products, Ristomatti Ratia worked on a variety of homewares – fashion accessories too – including spectacles and a best selling shoulder bag. Incidentally, he’s the son of Armi Ratia, née Airaksinen, the founder of Marimekko.

Our Picturehouse Antiques shop space | H is for Home

We’ve put the drawers into shop space number 2. The look of this space changes quite often, but it tends to mix mid century modern design with much older country antiques. It’s certainly quite eclectic at the moment!

Our Picturehouse Antiques shop space | H is for Home

These two stacking units are priced at £195 (ish!) for the pair – ‘collection only’ for these. Drop us a line if you’re interested and would like us to reserve them for you… or, if there’s anything else in the pictures that takes your fancy, we can advise on prices, shipping options if applicable etc.

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How to organise a self-storage unit

How to organise a self-storage unit

Self-storage units can be an absolute godsend when trying to keep a cluttered house under control. Unfortunately, attempting to store a large number of items in a plain concrete room tends to lead to more clutter than you started with at home. How do you manage to keep things organised and be able to find anything in storage?

Having all the right storage supplies as well as a bit of a plan for your unit is the way to go. You can get your self-storage unit in ship shape with just a few tips.

Different sized seld-storage units

Right sized space

Before you can start planning on organising your unit, you really need to be sure you get one that’s large enough for your belongings. Trying to jam too much stuff into a tiny space makes organising almost impossible. Before renting space, make a list of what you want to keep in it and make some realistic estimates. Perhaps even gather everything up in one spot first and measure how many square feet it all needs.

Stack of banana boxes

Proper containers

Don’t resort to the hasty (and cheap) solution of jamming things into big garbage bags. They are very difficult to manage in terms of organisation because they don’t have a rigid shape. You can’t pile or stack bags, and they’re notorious for tearing at the wrong moment. The best option is plastic totes with lids, but even sturdy cardboard boxes are better than bags. Not only are boxes easier to label than bags, they are a lot more secure for your belongings. Moisture, dust, insects or even rodents can get into your stuff if it’s not well protected.

Labelled files on shelves in storage

Label and list

This is probably the biggest key to keeping your self-storage unit organised. Label everything in clear, large letters. Never assume that you will always remember what’s in certain boxes. Add more detail whenever you can as well. Labelling a box “Kitchen Stuff” is minimally helpful, so tape on a label or sheet of paper that has a quick bullet list of what’s actually in the box.

To be really on top of things, go one step further and put together a master list of the contents that you can keep at home. Knowing what’s in your unit without having to go back and paw through boxes can (and will) save a lot of time.

Shelves with numbered boxes

Shelves

If you’ve taken our earlier suggestion and stored your stuff in boxes or totes, it can be really tempting to just stack one on top the other. That can work if you are storing things you don’t access much. In situations where you do need to get at things periodically, having to move 4 or 5 boxes around because what you need is invariably at the bottom can be irritating and difficult. Having your boxes organised on shelves means you can pull out the one you need without having to shuffle everything else around.

So, taking these ideas into account, you should be able to put your storage unit to better use and have your important belongings right to hand when you need them.

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Price Points: Office wall storage

Office wall storage | H is for Home

We’re currently… slowly… getting our home office spruced up, cleared out and fit for work. We’ll tell you a little bit more about that tomorrow. Anyway, like the rest of of the rooms in our house – we never seem to have enough storage in there.

In the kitchen and bedroom, storage needs are primarily big cupboards and drawers; office requirements are a bit different. Shelving is the main demand with rows of (matching) box files – the tax office demands that self-employed people keep records – bank statements, receipts, invoices and the like – for at least 5 years. Even with a lot being kept online, it’s still a lot of paper to store!

I’ve always liked a tidy desk, free from piles of detritus – it keeps me sane. The best way to achieve this is to keep everything in office wall storage; off the work surface yet still within easy reach. I’d happily give wall space to all three of the modular options above which range from £36 to over £200 for the combinations shown. I love having a visible place for everything, no opening and closing drawer after drawer searching for the paper clips or the stapler, the scissors or the tape measure.

  1. Mystic modular wall storage: £8.99 per module, AliExpress
  2. Urbio Perch Biggy magnetic modules: from £3.82 for a Bitsy Organiser (this combination £94.79), The Container Store
  3. Vitra Uten.Silo by Dorothee Becker from Vitra: £225.25, Clippings

Price Points: Modular shelving

Modular shelving | H is for Home

We’ve finally managed to find a place for some vintage Ladderax modular shelving that we’ve had stored away for a few months. A very large, very heavy vintage industrial unit has been sold, freeing up a large space in our lounge. We’ve now got lots of more versatile storage space available – and somewhere for our vinyl collection and record player at long last. We’re big fans of Spotify combined with wireless Sonos speakers dotted about the house, but you can’t beat the tactile experience and warm sound of vinyl sometimes.

Number 2 in our list comes closest in appearance to Ladderax. It has a mid century modern feel – simple and pared back in style with a combination of black metal and wood – very pleasing to our eye. Number 1 has acres of shelf space and a couple of drawers to hide things away too – neutral in colour and a good budget option. And I’m completely in love with the multi-coloured Cubit system – the various size options and graduated colours provide endless possibilities.

  1. FJÄLKINGE shelving: from £10 for a shelf, (£290 for combination shown), IKEA
  2. Tower shelving system: from £65 for a shelf (£1,056 for combination shown), Heal’s
  3. Multi-coloured library shelving: from £24 for a CD shelf (£4,306.77 for combination shown), Cubit

Selecting the perfect bathroom vanities for your bathroom

brown bathroom with twin wooden bathroom vanities

The bathroom is amongst the most important rooms within a property, and one of the most vital aspects of the bathroom is your chosen bathroom vanity or vanities.

Bathroom vanities are multi-purpose pieces of furniture that are often used to conceal unsightly plumbing. A bathroom vanity also serves as a cabinet, so you can use them to store toothpaste, soap, razors, aftershaves and any other toiletries you may wish to keep out of view.

Furthermore, a bathroom vanity can also be used as a foundation for a bathroom mirror, though the mirror won’t be in-built or connected to the unit. As such, your bathroom vanity can act as a centrepiece for the entire space, so you need to choose wisely to make sure you select the perfect option for your bathroom.

Compact bathroom vanity

How to choose the right bathroom vanities

Firstly, be sure to choose a bathroom vanity of an appropriate height. The majority of bathroom vanities are manufactured at a standard 30-inch height, and whilst this may prove suitable, it could pose problems if you’re either particularly tall or especially small – you don’t want to be crouching or stretching when brushing your teeth! A good way to determine the best height vanity unit for your needs would be to visit a local home improvement store and to compare different sized units in person. From there, you can look for components of the same size online if you would prefer, where you’re likely to find a much wider choice. Also, you’ll have to think about the height of that bathroom mirror that will be located above your bathroom vanities for the same reason.

You also need to remember that your vanity unit is not simply to look at, but to use as well. It’s all well and good selecting a bathroom vanity with a stunning timber finish, but you have to make sure it’s up to scratch with regards to an appropriate level of storage space and overall functionality.

Glossy bathroom vanity unit

The size of your bathroom vanities is another crucial element to consider; height is an aforementioned massive factor, but the width of your unit must be thought about too. You’ll only have a specific, limited space available to situate your bathroom vanity, so you should look to secure the perfect size and not waste any of the available area. Should you select a vanity that’s too long, you could encounter problems such as blocking off a portion of your toilet or another bathroom fixture.

Take into account the shape of the bathroom vanities you require as well. For instance, you may be looking to install a space-saving corner unit if your bathroom design will allow it. You must decide on your exact requirements, and also ensure there’s sufficient space to open and close the bathroom doors. Many people in the past have bought and installed vanities only to later discover that their doors will not fully open or shut without making contact with a wall, shower or other component within the bathroom.

Ultimately, it’s extremely important to perform thorough research before selecting the perfect bathroom vanities for your bathroom, and to have an idea of your exact requirements from the unit. Colour, size, space, storage capacity and accompanying fixtures such as mirrors all need to be considered. From there, you can set about purchasing the ideal bathroom vanity for your space.

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Large vintage industrial storage unit

Large vintage industrial storage unit with drawers | H is for Home

We thought we’d highlight this fabulous vintage industrial storage unit that we’ve listed for sale today. It’s certainly a large, impressive piece!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It’s been living in our lounge recently. As you can see – if a storage or display unit sits still in our house for any amount of time, it starts to fill up with objects!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We bought it from one of the regular dealers at our local flea market. It’s constructed entirely of metal and very, very heavy. This is where we put it when it got delivered… as close to the front door as possible!

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It’s a really useful unit with a combination of pigeon holes and drawers that can be placed in any configuration.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We think the metal has just the right amount of distress. Perfect vintage industrial condition – signs of wear, but not tatty. And the paint is original to the piece – and a nice mushroom brown colour.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

It could be an ideal storage unit for almost any room in the house. As we said, we’ve had it in a lounge space where it’s great to display objects, keep CDs or books, tea-lights and so on – with keys, coins and all manner of bits & bobs hidden away in the drawers. It could be placed in a kitchen to house cooking equipment and ingredients; a work shop/craft room storing tools, bobbins, threads etc; perhaps an office space housing stationery… or a potting shed maybe – with various pots, seeds, twine and small garden tools. And if you’re lucky enough to live in an open plan loft space…well, we can’t imagine anything better.

Large vintage industrial metal storage cabinet with drawers | H is for Home

We like it very much, but we did buy it to sell – and we moved something else out of the way to give it a temporary home… that needs to go back! Anyway, we’ve just listed it on eBay with a starting price of £299 which we think is reasonable. You’ll need someone with a van, trolley and strong arms to move it, but it could be the perfect thing!