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6 inventive, imaginative ideas for your airing cupboard

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With your water tank out the way, you need to work out what to do with your empty airing cupboard. Take a quick look at our quirky ideas for inspiration.

If you've been searching for a new combi boiler to replace your tired old conventional one, you'll soon be waving goodbye to the water tank in your airing cupboard. So what are you going to do with all of that extra room?

Don't go straight for the easy option of storing your towels and bedsheets in there because with a bit of imagination, you could make much better use of your new space. Here's a few ideas to get you started.

The walk-in wardrobe you've always wanted

If you've got jeans spilling out of your wardrobe and you're constantly stuffing your drawers shut with jumpers, you'll need more room for your clothes collection. Use your newly empty airing cupboard to store all of your surplus clothes and those out-of-season garments away until winter comes.

Go all out by fitting top-quality clothes rails and floor-length mirrors, while a new luxury door would make it look even more like your dream walk-in wardrobe.

Show off your shoes

Maybe your clothes aren't the problem! If you've simply not got the space to store all of your shoes, deck your airing cupboard out with loads of shelves so you can show each and every pair off. Invest in some high-quality lighting, mirrors and seating too (if there's enough space) so you can try on and admire as many pairs as you like for as long as you want.

Keep your things safe with a safe

Whether you've got some ridiculously valuable family heirlooms lying around or you just want somewhere secure to store your stuff, a safe would be the ideal solution. You'll need to place it somewhere that would be difficult to find, so installing it at the back of your airing cupboard might be the answer. Cleverly camouflage it behind your Christmas decorations and no one will be any the wiser.

Create a cosy book corner

If you haven't swapped your paperbacks for e-books yet and your collection continues to take up too much room, you could create your very own library in your airing cupboard. Safely tucked away from any dust and dirt, those special edition hardbacks will be kept in pristine condition, leaving you able to enjoy all of that extra space around your home.

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Prepare the perfect pantry

Do you love growing your own veg, making your own jam or brewing your own mead? If your kitchen simply doesn't have enough room for jars and jars of your latest culinary creations, why not transform your airing cupboard into your very own pantry?

As well as using it to store surplus food, you could also hang up your home-grown chillies or herbs in there when they need drying out.

The ultimate indoor tool shed

If you spend every spare minute making and fixing things, and you love nothing more than dusting off the drill for some serious DIY, you could use your airing cupboard as a mini tool shed. This is the ideal solution if you don't have enough outdoor storage space, or you don't want to leave your most valuable tools outdoors overnight.

You could kit it out with compartments and drawers for all of your different tools and equipment, and you'll have more than enough space left over for when you add to your collection.

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