Shannon has the solution to that perennial problem for home-owners – lack of space! The answer is on wheels.
In the kitchen
Having things on wheels in the kitchen is handy and hygienic. If any food or liquid is spilt it's easy to move the furniture to clean it up.
Drawers on wheels under your bench tops and sideboard shelved benches on wheels are ideal. Pots and pans can be stored in the drawers, and they can be easily wheeled out for cleaning underneath and behind.
A wheel around sideboard is perfect for that extra preparation space whilst cooking. Once the food is done it simply wheels away and can be used for other purposes.
Lots of kitchen appliances nowadays come with wheels on them. Fisher and Paykell's latest range of stainless steel fridges come with small built-in rollers to make them easier to pull out and clean behind and beneath, and to generally move to another space.
In the bedroom
Wheels are great in the bedroom to make your furniture more versatile, especially for those people working from home and squeezing a computer into their bedroom.
It can be hard to switch off from work if there's a constantly-visible computer monitor reminding you of it from your bed. One solution is a screen on wheels. Simply wheel it over to the desk to obscure it from view. Screens on wheels are still hard to find in furniture shops, and you may have to have one specially made to order.
A quick and simple idea is to use a clothes rack with a lovely piece of fabric draped over it to hid the offending computer. Or you could get a permanent covering made up for the clothes rack and threaded on to the frame.
Other options in the bedroom are cube-like bedside tables that come on wheels. Again these are great because you can simply wheel them into another room if you need to.
For beds, you can get a nifty sofa bed where you simply pull on a tab and its wheels allow it to slide open to make a full sized double bed! Great for the spare room or the kiddies room.
In the living room
The handiest thing in the living room is having a low entertainment unit on wheels which accommodates your TV and DVD player (or VHS for the rest of us). That way you can wheel the TV out only when you intend watching it, and the rest of the time it can be wheeled away to a hidden corner and doesn't become the main focus in the room.
Every house has shelves and can do with more. A wall shelving unit that is free-standing on wheels, is a great idea and not only for storing all those books, CDs and decorative ornaments. One of these units can also act as a room divider, especially if your main living area is a large room accommodating both dining and living spaces.
Screens with wheels work well in the living room. A screen in sheer fabric creates a lovely atmosphere when a light is placed behind it, and also provides an intimate nook for when you want to be alone, or read your book.
If you've got kids, being able to wheel the furniture aside to create a bigger play space for them is always handy. A coffee table on wheels is ideal.
Trolleys look great with all your liquor bottles and cocktail glasses displayed on them, and are fantastic for transporting your dinner from the kitchen to the living room when you're having a night in with a video.
If the kids are home sick from school, trolleys are very handy for wheeling next to the bed to put their toys and books on. Or, wheel it to the foot of the bed with the TV on it so that they can watch their favourite cartoons. Bliss!
Containers on wheels, it goes without saying, are one the best household inventions. Stackable and moveable, and big enough to store almost anything, no modern household should be without a set.
Equipment and Suppliers
Freedom Furniture Norwest
Orson & Blake
83 – 85 Queen Street
Ph: (02) 9326 1155
252 – 254 Riley Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
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188 Oxford Street
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