No matter where you live or what size house you have every home needs more space, whether you have kids toys scatter everywhere or you just have years of junk built up that you need clear out asap there is always need to create more space in your home. Regardless of whether you live in a 6 bedroom house or a small studio apartment we all seek the need to optimise space in our homes to make it feel more spacious and welcoming. The 3 most used rooms in the home are the living room, kitchen and bedroom and no matter what the size of your family mess always seems to build up, keeping everything in order and tidy can be difficult but a messy room can take away from the beautiful decor of your home. So, whether you're looking to utilize a small space or you simply want to increase the functionality of your home there are a number of clever ways you can maximize space in each room, which this blog hopes to share.
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter
The first and easiest step to creating space in your home is to declutter often. Decluttering should be a top priority when trying to make space especially if you have a smaller home. The fewer belongings you have scattered about the house the larger you place will look, go through each room of your home and only keep the items that are essential and throw the rest. Having to declutter often drains energy and takes up time so doing a big declutter every couple of months would be a better solution. For the things you do throw away a better solution to just throwing the items away would be to donate or sell them. regularly decluttering is key to maximising space which is why it's first on our list.
Keep your furniture against the walls
Another simple yet effective trick and one that you might have overlooked is to arrange your furniture against the walls of your room, this lowers the congestion in the middle of your room and keeps the floor space as open as possible giving the impression that the room looks larger.
A classic trick that many interior designers use to make a small room look bigger is to utilize mirrors. Reflective surfaces create the illusion of a taller and wider space, this also works with reflective kitchen islands. We highly recommend this trick whether you want to expend your bedroom or widen your living room you're definitely want to incorporate this hack. It's also a much cheaper solution to knocking down a wall or creating glass room dividers.
Versatile Multifunctional Furniture
If your home is lacking floor space for multiple large pieces of furniture then versatile furniture is a key asset. There's a wealth of multifunctional furniture on the market from beds with built-in storage to sofa beds to footstools and ottomans that open up to create more storage. Use your space wisely and invest in multi-functional furniture.
Focus On Height
As stated earlier utilizing vertical in your home is essential in maximising space in your home. Create the illusion of depth by utilizing the height of your room, this can be done using floor to ceiling curtains, shelving, and the most popular solution in modern homes floor to ceiling storage such as wardrobes or cabinets. Another trick is to use artwork and other framed work and place them high as possible to give the illusion of a tall ceiling and more spacious feel to the room. It adds a focal point to the design scheme and is another easy way to showcase your aesthetic, Most people think in terms of left to right, but don't discount that space above your head and at your feet.
Stick with the Neutrals
One of the oldest space-saving tricks in the book is the use of light and neutral colours. Dark colours will give the impression that the room is smaller than what it actually is, so decorate your room light and airy with a neutral colour palette to really open up your space. Colours such as taupe, ivory and beige are some the key colours used in this instance and do a great job of making your room look less cramped compared to dark colours. Large windows and mirrors really accentuate this interior design trick by allowing a lot of light into the room and bounce the light around the room and really opening it up. You can also utilize an accent wall and statement pieces to draw the eye away from the lack of space!
Open Shelving Is a MUST!
Cabinets are being replaced by open shelving and you can see why they take up less room, they add a more bold statement to the room whilst also maintaining the minimalistic look but still give that added storage space. A sophisticated alternative to bulky wooden cabinets, glass shelves are easier to clean and look more luxurious than wood. Removing upper wall cabinets opens up the visual space making the room appear much larger and brighter. Another trick is to install shelves of different lengths this allows you to customize your storage to your specific needs.
A more ambitious solution to creating space in your home albeit an expensive solution is to tear down a wall, large window or a solid door that could be hindering your space and replace them with glass panels that act as a room separator but with its see-through properties will give the impression of an open plan living room and open up views and connect adjacent spaces. The main disadvantage to this method is that it is expensive to implement so we advise using this solution if you're financially able to.
The Versatile Ottoman
Linking back to multifunctional furniture the ottoman is a perfect example and can be used in many different ways. Ottomans and footstools are versatile furniture and can prove to be key pieces of furniture if you're limited on space, they can have built-in storage to keep clutter out of your living they can work as tables by placing food or video game accessories on them and they can even work as an extra seat for the living room. We highly advise investing in an ottoman, you will appreciate them when your room is packed with people and clutter and you need a hidden space.
Open plan living is becoming more and more integrated into modern homes, people are opting for fewer walls and leaning toward multipurpose rooms, combining living rooms and kitchen. Modern living spaces are designed to facilitate an informal, interactive lifestyle where people can get together to entertain, socialize or work. An open concept can also make a small space feel much larger. Tearing down walls is an easy way to trick the eye into thinking that you’ve got more square footage than you really do.
Add a Loft
Lofts, not that common in modern homes but can make great use of space. Utilize high ceilings and free up floor space but adding a loft above your kitchen, and add extra sitting or sleeping area to your home.
Extending Dining Table
If you decide you don't want smaller pieces of furniture but you'd rather one big piece of furniture such as a dining set you should first consider the space you have available and make sure there's enough space for everyone to sit comfortably and to be able to walk around. If you'd decide you want a large table we highly suggest the extending dining table. The drop leaf Extending dining tables provide much-needed flexibility in a small house and are ideal when space is at a premium because of their ability to extend and retract, so whether you have a lot of guests or you're dining solo these are ideal.
Ditch the Tub
If you're a lover of baths then look away now! Bathtubs take up a lot of precious space in bathrooms. Unless the bath is essential - such as for small children or if you just really can't part with it - removing the tub and replacing it with a standing shower is a smart space saver. Not only does the standing shower reduce the overall footprint, but the glass doors create an appearance of more space. In other words, it practically and visually increases the functionality of the room.
These are just some of the ways in which you can utilize your space better. Maximizing space in your home is simple if you take time to plan layout, design and furniture. If there are any ideas that have worked for you, do share them below in the comments section.