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Big W hacks to organise or add affordable style to your home

There are few things we enjoy more than styling and organising the home… except perhaps finding a good bargain. So when you combine all three, we couldn’t be happier!

Big W keeps upping their game with stylish and affordable decor and home organisation solutions, and with a few hacks or personalisations, these are often made to look even better.

Here’s our round up of the best Big W hacks to organise or add affordable style to your home.

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Storage baskets turn pendant lights

Have you been lusting after cane or wicker pendant lights for your home but can’t afford the hundreds they generally cost? Enter the cane storage basket hack! Using DIY plugin pendant lights (less than $10 from Bunnings) and Big W’s storage baskets, Alex created the rattan pendant light look she wanted for a whole lot less.

Pendant light Big W hacks
Pendant light hack by @starting.small

Storage rack becomes baking tray organiser

Trust organising Queen Chelsea of The Organising Platform to come up with this genius home organisation hack! Using a simple vertical storage rack, she organises her baking trays with ease. Talk about space-saving and hassle-free kitchen storage.

Big W magazine rack hack
Storage rack hack by The Organising Platform

Linen closet goals

You know you’ve reached peak adulting when your linen closet looks this good! Sonya used affordable storage solutions from Big W, Kmart and IKEA to organise her linen closet.

Linen closet organisation
Image via @sonyameares

Hidden kitty litter

Cat parents are constantly emailing us requesting cat DIYs to keep their furry friends entertained or to make their products less of an eyesore. Well, it’s hard to beat this fabulous hack by Lisa where she tapped into the space under her laundry sink to make a hidden kitty litter. There are plenty of these doors available at Big W so why not pull out your tools and make your own version?!

Kitty litter hack
Kitty litter hack by @gatheringwalls

Kodu furniture hacks

Technically more of a makeover than a hack, it’s amazing to see how people are putting their own spin on the oh-so-popular Kodu furniture range from Big W. From painting sections of the furniture to installing leather pull handles and even installing a full wall of Kodu sideboards, here are a couple of our faves.

Furniture Big W hacks
Bedside table hack by @our.kotara.cottage
Sideboard Big W hacks
Big W hack by @littleboholane

Fridge organisation

Talk about fridge goals!! Amira used a range of storage boxes, trays and tupperware containers to organise her fridge like a pro!

Not only does her fridge look great, she’s made her life easier by preparing and organising school lunches for the week. She says it’s her secret to keeping sane and the kids happy, he he.

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Bamboo lid container
Bamboo lid container
Veggie saver bags
Veggie saver bags
Fridge labels
Fridge labels
Drink dispenser
Drink dispenser
Fridge organiser set
Fridge organiser set
Bamboo lid container
Bamboo lid container
Veggie saver bags
Veggie saver bags
Fridge labels
Fridge labels
Drink dispenser
Drink dispenser
Fridge organiser set
Fridge organiser set
Bamboo lid container
Bamboo lid container
Veggie saver bags
Veggie saver bags
Fridge labels
Fridge labels
Drink dispenser
Drink dispenser
Fridge organiser set
Fridge organiser set
Fridge organisation
Image by @dusk2illdawn

Toilet brush holder becomes minimalist vase

Can’t find the perfect white vase? Perhaps you’ll love Anne-Marie’s idea of looking outside the box and using the white toilet brush holders instead. Talk about an affordable and stylish modern vase!

Toilet brush vase
Hack by Anne-Marie M.

Cane basket turns side table

You saw these baskets as pendant lights at the top of this list and now we’re doing one better — introducing the Big W hack side table! Using the large storage basket and a wooden tray from Kmart, Rachel created this compact coffee table or side table for under $40! Such a clever lady!

Cane basket side table Big W hacks
Big W hack table by @mymermaidhome

Plain cushion + Sharpie = Adorable kids cushion

Scandi-style kids decor can cost a small fortune so we love this easy and inexpensive hack! Using the plain white Big W cushion with fray edge and a Sharpie pen, this clever mama created a lion cushion for her kid’s room that looks 3 times the price!

Big W hacks cushion
Hack by @style_n_mum

Quilt cover or abstract art?

Adding colour and life to your walls can quickly add up so Rebecah got super creative with her very own Big W dooner cover hack!

Using three large frames and the $9 Big W quilt cover, she created a bold and colourful gallery wall #winnerwinnerchickendinner

Quilt cover art
Image by Rebecah J.

Foam roller becomes mini plinth

We’re all about using height and layers when styling to create interest and Zoe from @thediydecorator has shared a genius hack using an $8 foam roller. Simply cut it into different widths, give it a coat of paint, and use it to display home decor. Talk about luxe for less home hacks!

Foam roller big W hack
Foam roller hack by @thediydecorator
How to turn a foam roller into a mini plinth

Photo frame turns key holder

How sweet is this key holder hack by Katrina?! She took the Big W family photo frame, placed a meaningful photo in it and attached hooks to the bottom to hold keys. Try it yourself so each time you leave or come home, you’ll be reminded by the memory the photo holds.

Photo key holder
Hack by Katrina P.

Chopping board becomes ‘my first’ board

Want to take cute school pics with your children at the start of each year? Why not also make this ‘my first’ board like Jessica using a Big W cutting board, and white and blackboard paint?

Because the blackboard paint wipes clean, you can reuse the board over and over as your children go through school, tracking their age, height and dreams.

My first board
Hack by Jessica B.

Kitchen canister makes for stylish vase

Another modern and affordable vase idea is to use Big W’s earthy kitchen canister with lid as a vase. Forget storing cookies or other kitchen products in it when flowers look so darn pretty!

We loved this solution for our recent autumn bedroom scene — nothing like mixing higher end and affordable pieces together to create a luxe look for less!

Bedside details
Our Big W vase hack

Sensory play for toddlers

Ok, so not quite a styling or organising hack but we know many parents with young kids will LOVE this idea.

Early childhood educators always talk about the importance of ‘sensory play’ to encourage children to explore and discover through play — and like Lucinda, you can create your own sensory play station at home using all these pieces from Big W.

Sensory play
Hack by Lucinda S.

Rental kitchen gets appliance upgrade

Anyone renting in a small apartment without a dishwasher will be excited to discover this new mini dishwasher that’s landed at Big W. It’s going viral on Facebook with many celebrating they can get the convenience of a dishwasher without risking their bond. No doubt there’ll be plenty of creative hacks to store or personalise the dishwasher coming soon!

Big W mini dishwasher

Personalised hanger storage

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these sweet house hangers, why not personalise the piece to suit your child’s space?! Van created the perfect statement piece for her daughter’s room by painting the unit. So chic and cost effective!

House storage
Hack by Van N.

Memo board turns accessories organiser

Another stylish idea for a kids room or nursery is to use the geometric memo board for holding accessories.

This pic by @theocdbychristine_ shows how you can turn your child’s adorable accessories into wall art… because let’s face it, 9 times out of 10 our kids have a better wardrobe than we do!

Festive door mat

When special occasions like Christmas and Easter roll around, we love sprinkling festive cheer all around our home.

In minutes, it’s easy to create a festive door mat like this bunny door mat we created for Easter, to set a welcoming first impression. Find the details on how to make your own here.

Bunny doormat

Which of these Big W hacks was your favourite or have you created one of your own? We’d love to see it and possibly add it to this list! Email it to us at hello@stylecurator.com.au or let us know in the comment section below!

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This article was first published in January 2019 and continues to be updated with the latest and best Big W hacks.

Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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