Your friends are coming around and the place is a mess. Sound like a familiar story? This spacious Hol storage box from Ikea is ideal for storing assorted bric-a-brac, such as the kids’ toys, extra cushions, and thick winter blankets.

Made from untreated solid walnut timber from renewable sources, the box has an open-air lattice design. Add your own finish to complement your room, whether a stain, paint or varnish. This convenient and practical box measures almost a metre long and is 50 cm wide and high. Best of all, it doubles as a bench or table-top. Throw a tablecloth over it and no-one will ever know what’s hiding beneath.