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Top tips for DIY

Top tips for DIY

Thinking about doing it yourself? We’re here to help. Here’s a couple of handy tips to get you on your way. Don’t forget to check our Twitter feed where we upload life-helping tricks every day. If you’re doing a big job – whether it’s painting, putting up wallpaper or sanding down a room – then consider putting your furniture into storage so it doesn’t get ruined. With a large range of different sized rooms available, we’re sure you’ll find the right space for you. Paint it yellow If you are painting over a garish or bright wall colour, apply one coat of yellow – preferably a faint shade, though any will do. This will neutralise existing primary colours and make it easier when you come to paint in your chosen colour. While you paint If you take a break between […]

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Top tips on utilising small spaces around the home

Top tips on utilising small spaces around the home

At Big Yellow, we’re firm believers that a little bit of space can go a long way. Creating zones for separate activities can make your space feel larger, as well as little eye tricks such as strategically placed mirrors and floor-to-ceiling curtains. Check out our top tips on how to transform the small, and maybe unused spaces into something great. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Twitter feed where we upload useful tricks every day. Under the stairs There is so much more you can do with the space under the stairs than just a closet for your winter jackets. From book shelves, to cubby holes with seating or even a funky bike rack. Why not move your under-the-stairs stuff into a similar size space at Big Yellow, and make way for something more inventive? Small bathroom If […]

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Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

The shed can be one of those places you don’t go to unless you really have to. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. Why not ‘up-cycle’ the space to make it amazing? From a total transformation to some simple sprucing tips, we’re on hand to help you shake up your shed. Paint with the grain A lick of paint can go a long way in making the shed less of an eye sore in your garden. Make sure you use specialist weather proof paint that will last more than a few years. Sort your stuff A little organisation never hurt anyone. Hanging your tools from the walls and doors will make them a lot easier to find rather than being scattered around. Total overhaul Sheds don’t have to be a home for your garden tools and summer furniture. […]

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Making space for winter

Making space for winter

October feels like summer has gone, and it’s time to prepare yourself for the long winter ahead. Summer lovers may feel slightly dismayed, however there’s nothing better than a spruce up of your home to get you feeling energised. Blankets, winter duvets, fluffy cushions and heavy curtains will all contribute to making the season more comfortable. You can use Big Yellow to switch up your home; store away your lighter, brighter summer interiors and replace them with cosy ones. With small to large storage spaces for great prices and for as little as seven days, there’s no reason to be cold this winter. A great way to save your wardrobe from becoming like Narnia is using storage for your summer and winter clothing. Your warm jackets can come out now, making room in your storage space for the summer clothes […]

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Life moments: Leaving home for the first time and settling in at university

Life moments: Leaving home for the first time and settling in at university

Without a doubt, one of the biggest moments in someone’s life is leaving home for the first time. In many cases, this is when teens fly the nest and head to university for their first term. At Big Yellow, we’d like to help you on your way. Here’s a few helpful hints to ensure your first term away from home runs smoothly. Learn to cook A great way to make friends is with a food offering. A few skills in the kitchen will go a long way, and soon enough you’ll have friends come knocking for something other than beans on toast. Stir fries, chilli con carne and simple pasta sauces are a good place to start. Also think about making meals in batches, which you can store in the freezer until needed. Budget Sit down with your parents to […]

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Life moment: Top tips for travelling when you’re older

Life moment: Top tips for travelling when you’re older

It’s a big world out there, and there’s so many things to see, places to go and people to meet. It’s easy to think that travelling is something to do while you’re young and free. However, there is no time limit on travelling. There’s a hugely different experience to be had from when you’re on your gap year at 18, and when you’re retired and the kids have all moved on. Money is no longer as much of an issue, your outlook on life is completely different, and you can shoot off for as long as you like. It can be a massive life moment; one that is not to be taken lightly. So here’s a few tips to get you on your way. Don’t put it off Stop making excuses on why you shouldn’t go, and start thinking of […]

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Don’t be afraid to upcycle

Don’t be afraid to upcycle

Summer is the perfect time to get creative, and at Big Yellow, we love the idea of upcycling – taking possessions that you no longer need or want, and turning it into something beautiful. Here’s a few ideas to get you started, and remember to keep an eye on our Twitter page for more inspirational tips. Light up your garden You can create a stunning floral display in your garden, or even your conservatory, with recycled lights bulbs. All you need is an old light bulb, a piece of string, and some flowers These boots are made for…plants Children grow at the speed of light, so their clothes and shoes can be quickly outgrown. With this creative idea, there’s no need to get rid of their old wellies, and its great fun for the kids to get involved with. A […]

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Life moments: A basic guide to buying your first home

Life moments: A basic guide to buying your first home

Buying your first house is a hugely exciting time, however it can be incredibly daunting as well. There’s a lot of decisions you’ve never been faced with before, numbers you haven’t had to deal with, and most probably some language you won’t understand. Here at Big Yellow, we’re here to help you through life moments, big or small. Read on for some helpful tips that guide you on your way to purchasing your first home, and remember to check our Twitter page for more everyday tricks. Money & what you can borrow Recently, a comprehensive look at the mortgage market means a few changes have incurred. When you apply, the lender will cap the loan-to-income ratio at no more than four and a half times your income. They’ll also carry out an affordability assessment; this means they take into account […]

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Life moments: Top tips for planning your wedding

Life moments: Top tips for planning your wedding

There’s a huge amount of excitement when getting married, as well as a lot of planning. It’s vital you are prepared for the journey ahead, and preparation is key for making the whole day run smoothly Here’s some tips from us here at Big Yellow to help make things easier. Don’t forget to check out our Twitter channel where we offer helpful tips and tricks for life’s key moment every day. Let’s talk about money… When you first start planning, sit down together and work out a realistic budget before you book anything. Make a list of the crucial details, such as music, wedding dress, invitations, flowers and photographer, and assign a number to each, prioritising on what is most important to you both. From here, you can see which parts you’d like to invest more money in, and others […]

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Man cave must haves

Man cave must haves

There’s nothing more manly than having your own man cave – a space earmarked as your sanctuary. A space where dads, grandads, men and friends can get away from the stress of everyday life. We once revealed that 36% of men argue weekly with their partner about the space their possessions take up. As a result, 70% of Brits agree that a man cave is, or would be, beneficial to their relationship. Here at Big Yellow, we can help. Here’s some fun inspiration of how to kit out your man cave. We’re also here to help with space; clear your basement, loft, shed or garage, and leave those belongings with us, and let the inspiration take over… Priority seating The man of the house has their designated seat in front of the TV. No man cave would be complete without […]

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