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.
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.
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.
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.
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Date: September 16, 2016
Category: Home and Property