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The Nordic Kitchen magnetic trivet from Eva Solo is a practical home-hack for the kitchen and will simplify your everyday life in no time.

17 practical home-hack products that we can’t live without!

Scandinavian design is all about practical and stylish products that fulfil a function. These are the home-hack products that you didn’t know you needed but soon you won’t be able to live without. Discover our favourite Scandinavian home-hack products here!
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
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17 PRACTICAL HOME-HACK PRODCUTS YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO LIVE WITHOUT

1. PORTABLE LAMP

Portable lamps have grown in popularity in recent years and the Caret lamp from &Tradition is the perfect stylish addition to any bookshelf or side table. Take the lamp wherever you need and do anyway with unsightly wires - what more could you want from a stylish home-hack?

Read more: Want to know more about portable lamps? Read our handy guide here.

2. A PRACTICAL LONG SHOEHORN

Here in Sweden, you will be hard pressed to find a home that does not keep a shoehorn by the front door. After all, what could be more practical to keep along with your shoes at the entrance of your home? No more struggling with your shoes every morning, slip your shoes on with ease and save both time and your back!

3. LED LIGHTS WITH REMOTE CONTROL

We all know that candles can be a hazard in the home, especially if you have pets and / or children. Allow these LED candles from STOFF to take away that worry for you. They even come with a remote control which allows you to set a timer or dim the lights for an even cosier atmosphere.

4. A SIDE TABLE WITH BUILT-IN USB CHARGER

My Spot side table from Umage is the home-hack you never knew you needed. With a built in USB charging point this side table is the perfect addition to your bedroom or living room in this increasingly plugged in world.

5. THE SCANDINAVIAN CHEESE SLICE

The origin of this handy little kitchen gadget is up for debate, but what is not under scrutiny is how useful this item is in any kitchen. The cheese slice has a special place in the heart of the Swede and no kitchen is complete without one. Cut the perfect slice of cheese for your sandwich every time with the cheese slicer from Skaugum. They also make the ideal gift for cheese or Scandinavian lifestyle lovers alike!

6. A BUTTER KNIFE

While we are on subject of Scandinavian kitchen hacks we must take a moment to appreciate the Swedish butter knife. Usually made of wood this small but mighty kitchen utensil is rounded and slightly wider than a regular table knife making it the perfect implement for spreading butter and other soft sandwich spreads.

7. HIDE UGLY CABLES WITH THIS STORAGE BOX

Speaking of “plugged in” the technological era we are living in does come with a few drawbacks, one of which being unsightly cables cluttering up our homes. The Cable Organiser Hideaway from Bosign is a smart addition to any home. In this handy little storage box, you can collect cables and even a cable extension. Hide away your chargers and keep your home looking neat and organised.

8. STORAGE BASKETS FOR EVERY ROOM IN YOUR HOME

Storage baskets are surely one thing you can’t do without when organising your home. These colourful and practical Colour Crate storage baskets from HAY can be used as a shoebox, for storing accessories in your home office and are also perfect for storing fruit in your fridge. The storage baskets can also be easily stacked on top of each other, and the sides are removable meaning you can arrange them however you want, now how smart is that?

9. SELF-WATERING POT AND WATER GLOBE FOR YOUR PLANTS

Are you going away for a few days and don't have someone to take care of your plants at home? Or perhaps you don’t have green fingers at all and are constantly forgetting to water your home jungle. We have the solution for you – a water bubble for your potted plants or a self-watering pot so you’ll never have to worry about your plants again! Self-watering pots and water globes such as these from Northern and DBKD are a must-have and are one particular home-hack that really will make your life easier.

Are you on the hunt for a stylish pot? Discover our top tips here!

10. A MAGNETIC TRIVET

The Nordic Kitchen magnetic trivet from Eva Solo is another handy home-hack for the kitchen. The magnet ensures that the trivet follows the pot when you want to transfer it from the stove to the dinner table or the kitchen side. The pot will not fall off the trivet and you can rest assured small fingers will not be able to touch the underside of the hot pot.

11. STORAGE JARS FOR THE PANTRY

Are you lusting after that perfect Instagramable pantry? Look no further than the storage jars from Brabantia. These square jars are the perfect solution for organising your pantry and home. Square jars nestle into each other far more easily than the traditional round jars, giving your pantry a more uniform and neater look.

Read more: 5 tips on how to organise your pantry

12. A FOLDABLE DISH RACK

A folding dish rack like this one from Eva Solo is perfect for those with a smaller kitchen or for those who just want to be able to store the dish rack away more conveniently to save space in the kitchen. The rack's raised circles allow water to drip off your clean dishes more easily and the stainless steel handle is perfect for leaning plates on.

13. KNIFE RACK FOR THE KITCHEN DRAWER

Want to store your good knives in the drawer without scratching or chipping them? Then this knife rack from Fiskars is the perfect home-hack for you. The knife block allows you to have good access to the knives without accidentally cutting yourself but also keeps your draw organised and your knives safe.

14. SMART GARLIC PRESS

Traditional garlic press can be fiddly and difficult to use. This smart garlic press from Dorremakes pressing garlic a breeze. Simply peel your garlic and roll the garlic press over the garlic cloves for perfectly crushed garlic every time.

15. THE ONION CHOPPER YOU’VE SEEN ALL OVER INSTAGRAM

Hate chopping onions? Then this onion chopper from Dorre is the perfect tool for you - a real hero in the kitchen, you can chop onions all day without shedding a single tear!

16. TOILET PAPER HOLDER WITH SHELF

Brabantia's practical toilet paper holder with shelf is yet another home-hack favourite. The shelf is the perfect place to balance your mobile phone, a scented candle or a reed diffuser.

17. DISHCLOTH HOLDER WITH SUCTION CUP ATTACHMENT

Last but not least , Bosign has a practical dishcloth holder with a suction cup attachment. This functional yet stylish cloth holder reduces the risk of bacteria collecting in the dishcloth when you're not using it and makes it more accessible. A smart and practical item for your home that you can't do without!

Want more tips on practical kitchen items? Be inspired here!

Photography: Angeliqa Daldorph, Brabantia, Bosign, Dorre, Eva Solo, ferm LIVING, Fiskars, HAY, Muurla, Northern, STOFF

Rebecca Sparling
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