4 Clever Tricks to Make the Most of Your Small Spaces
Many of us simply do not desire a spacious home or cannot afford it. Don’t turn your nose up at your petite abode, it can have its benefits. Bills are usually cheaper and they are much easier to keep tidy as there simply isn’t the space for chaos. However, if you aren’t utilising your small spaces properly with storage and space-saving furniture, it can be exhausting. The four hacks below will help you refine the spaces in your mini home so that you have more room to play with.
Invest in Multifunctional Pieces
We have all seen bunkbeds with desk space underneath, or beds that fold out of walls. However, the multifunctional furniture market has blossomed over the past few years. Those living in smaller homes have started implementing stealth kitchens; a fully functioning kitchen hidden in cupboards and modules. All modern kitchen equipment, from ovens to washing machines, are hidden behind panels that match seamlessly with the décor of the space. This means that when the kitchen is not in use, owners can utilise the area that is freed up.
Reminiscent of retro furniture, the Mag table (which was originally released in 1999) is making a huge comeback. The Mag is one piece of curved wood that can be used a shelf, desk, book tidy – the options are endless.
An incredible piece of manufacturing from graduate designer Orla Reynolds is the As is from nowhere shelving unit. Brightly coloured tables and chairs and slotted between the shelves of the white bookcase are easily removed to create a complete dining set-up. Reynolds designed the multifunctional shelving system with smaller space living in mind.
As One Door Closes
If you want to feel like you are in a murder mystery film a bookshelf door is a great space-saving option. Virtually any wooden internal door can be transformed into a shelving unit, saving you from having a bookcase taking up valuable space in a room. These secret doorways can be used to house everything from books to plants and ornaments – utilise the unique space however you wish. Unless you are a skilled carpenter, chances are you will need to get an expert involved, but there are a number of tutorials gracing the web if you have the time and patience to go it alone.
Smaller rooms can often cause an issue when it comes to opening a door inwards. For minimum effort but maximum impact, save yourself clambering over the bed and take your old door of its hinges. Putting a door on sliding rails can not only add an extra dynamic to interiors but also allow for easier furniture placement in smaller rooms. Internal sliding doors are becoming increasingly trendy also and many often leave the rails exposed.
Be proud of your home and don’t be afraid to invest money into making your small spaces more liveable. There are a number of tips and tricks to make the most of your spaces to suit all budgets. Get creative and gather family and friends to help transform your mini rooms into storage rich and spacious areas.
Move Your Home Outside
The British weather may not always allow this, but making the most of outside spaces in the summer months can create some much-needed space. Often, conservatories are abandoned come October but, with the right amount of furniture eband the flick of the radiator, there is no reason why this rooms cannot be cosy lounges or dining rooms.
In the summers months, upcycle some of your old furniture and lay it out on the patio – just keep an eye on the weather forecast! Equally, give your shed a spring-clean and treat it like a beach hut. Sheds can be revamped with little money to become great offices, escapes, hobby rooms, or summer houses. Making the most of your external spaces can feel like a labour of love but, when you are creating additional living spaces, it can make your small home feel extensively bigger.
Revamp Under the Stairs
More often than not, the cupboard or derelict space under our staircases is a junkyard of family belongings. However, for those living in smaller homes, this space can be utilised to house storage, an office, a seating area, bookshelves; the options are endless. If you decide a small seating area would be ideal, apply some hinges to the seat so that you can make use of the empty space below.
Many often convert the space under their stairs into a bathroom but, if you are living in a smaller home, chances are a second toilet is not something at the top of your list. Particularly useful for those who work at home is transforming the space into an office. A folding chair can be used so that the hallway is kept clear, and from the desk up the whole space can be clad in shelving around your computer or laptop.