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A Beginner's Guide to DIY Storage Solutions

ContiBoard Edging Tape

The struggle for storage space in the home, as I am sure you will agree, is one that never seems to end. The kitchen cupboards appear to restock themselves, and that great space under the stairs you hungrily spied when viewing your home isn’t quite as accommodating as it was when you first moved in.

Although it may not be something you’ve considered before, building your own storage to suit your needs could be the perfect solution. With the versatility of a product such as ContiBoard, you can create bespoke solutions to solve those storage woes, plus it’s easier than you may think.

To help you on your way, here are some handy tips for beginners…

Identify the cause

As you would do when solving any problem, identify what it is that’s causing your storage frustrations before you do anything. Perhaps your shoe cupboard has one (or ten!) too few shelves, but you’re not prepared to part with any of those beloved pairs? Maybe the floor of your children’s playroom is the current storage spot for their toys? Whatever the issue, whether big or small, once you have identified the problem you can begin to plan your project.

De-clutter that stash

Although your bespoke storage solution will be capable of storing all your things, there’s no point keeping any stuff that you don’t really want. Take the time to get rid if there are any things you no longer use, using the opportunity to stock up the local charity shops or make a little extra cash on eBay. It will be much more satisfying storing all your things away once the old and unloved items are gone. Clear home, clear mind and all that – plus you’ll have room for any new goodies you’ve got on your wish list!

Get inspired

Now you’ve ditched the clutter and decided which areas of your home are fit for storage improvement, don’t just put up a few shelves and be done with it. Materials such as ContiBoard can go as far as your imagination permits, so get online and find some inspiration! Websites like Pinterest are great for this, allowing you to re-pin images that reflect your storage vision. We’ve also set up a handy inspiration gallery for you, with downloadable step-by-step guides for various projects, should you wish to use them.

Perfecting your colour scheme

Even if you’ve now got an idea of the project you would like to create, you may still be undecided about which colour scheme to choose. Use of colour in the home can evoke various feelings, so it is an important factor to get right. Luckily, ContiBoard comes in 4 gorgeous colours, so you’re certain to find the ideal one for your project. To ensure you make the right decision, order yourself a free sample. You wouldn’t think twice about testing a new paint or wallpaper, so treat your Conti the same way.

Measure up and get planning

Once you have a clear vision of your project in mind, it’s time to get planning. Probably the most important stage of the process, it’s crucial to get this right or you may end up being disappointed later. Measure your chosen space and create a plan that you can refer back to, ensuring you stay on track during the build. This way you’ll also save money, as you will avoid purchasing unnecessary materials. Our user guides and how-to videos can help you with the planning process.

Buy your materials

The beauty of ContiBoard is that it’s available online, meaning it can be delivered straight to your door. Simply pick the right sizes for your build and await their arrival. No more struggling to fit the boards in the back of your car or damaging them in the transportation process! Don’t forget to order your edging tape to finish your boards too. The type of fixings you’ll require will depend on your project, and you can find out about the various types available in our handy video.

The build itself – safety first!

You have a solid plan, have had a good old clear out and you’re ready to create the storage solution of your dreams. As with any DIY project, there are a few safety precautions to take, and ContiBoard is no different. We recommend when using ContiBoard that you wear your finest safety glasses, gloves and boots for the task, so you’re protected from all angles. If you’re doing any sanding, it is also advisable to wear a dust mask.

The finishing touch

The perfect finishing touch can make or break your project, a sloppy finish will only disappoint. ContiBoard’s range of matching edging tape makes it both quick and easy to cover up any exposed edges, guaranteeing that the finish of your project is nothing short of professional. To clean up after, simply wipe down the boards with a damp cloth for a smart and smooth finish. If you accidentally create any stubborn marks during the build process, use a touch of white spirit or mild household cleaner.

Time to show it off

Congratulations, you’ve done it! You’ve created the perfect storage solution for your home and you couldn’t be prouder. It’s now time to become the inspiration and show off your beautiful design to the world, inspiring other people with DIY storage desires. Share your creation on social media if you wish, or even better share it with us! We would love to see your ContiBoard creations, so feel free to share them with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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