Tips for Decorating Your Beach Hut

We sat down with Beach Hut of the Year 2016 finalists to discuss their top tips for beach hut living. Read on for great tips about decorating your beach hut and follow the links to browse more from our Beach Hut of the Year top tips series. In this article, Beach Hut of the Year finalist, Lili Sanchez, shares her top tips on decorating your beach hut.

Things to consider when renting a beach hut from the council

Lili’s beach hut, AKA her ‘shed’, is located in Thanet, Kent. Like many other hutters, Lili rents her beach hut from the council. This comes with regulations and conditions, covering health and safety considerations to limitations on decoration. Lili believes that these rules all benefit beach hutters and that it’s still possible to make your hut a place to feel at home.

Up Arrow

How to create your ideal beach hut interior

Although beach huts are tiny things - similar in size to the average bathroom - planning can make the small space go a long way. Lili divides her 'shed' into five zones: cooking; washing-up; furniture storage; crockery and cutlery; and a social area.

As Lili is bound by council restrictions on decoration, she makes use of parcel tape, bras hooks, pins and Blu Tack to decorate her walls.

However, Lili stresses the point that sheds need air circulation, so it's important to avoid wall-to-wall floor coverings in favour of moveable cotton mats which can be easily cleaned and aired. Without good air circulation, you’re creating the perfect environment for mice and mould. Read our article on how to care for your beach hut for more information.

Up Arrow

Smart storage for your beach hut

Smart storage is key to a functional and beautiful beach hut interior. Lili recommends recycling plastic containers from restaurants or takeaways which are easily stackable and can be painted or decorated to personal taste. It’s important that these containers are airtight as mice and mould can be a major problem.

Up Arrow

Accessorise your beach hut

Most of Lili’s eclectic accessories have been sourced from charity shops, or are simply things she didn’t want cluttering her home.

Storage and ease of cleaning are at the fore of Lily’s mind whenever she brings accessories to her hut. Her work top area is covered with a wipe able striped vinyl fabric and below her worktop is a washable curtain Lili made herself from a second-hand Cath Kidston duvet cover.


Up Arrow

About the author

James Cooper is a respected industry leader with over 10 years' experience in the home and property insurance sector. He works across a broad range of insurance product and policy development and delivery, including product development; customer sales and marketing; and P&L accountability.