Want to make the most of small spaces in your home? Then you’re in the right place. Here, we’ll offer some top tips to help you maximise small or underutilised spaces – so your home functions better than ever before.
Take advantage of wall space
One quick and easy way to maximise your storage is to think vertically. Rather than trying to cram lots of bulky furniture into a small space to house your belongings, consider alternative storage solutions using dead wall space. For instance, hanging shelves are an effective vertical solution that can be integrated into almost any room of the home. Pop them in your kitchen to store pots and pans, your bedroom to store accessories or bags, or your living room to house books and other items.
Get creative with your storage
Small spaces often require more careful consideration when it comes to buying furniture. While traditional freestanding wardrobes can often fit rooms neatly, they may mean valuable space is lost above them and to their sides. Instead, consider investing in built-in wardrobes that can be made bespoke to use of every inch, from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. You could also make use of space under the bed by opting for a frame with storage underneath – such as an ottoman design.
Adopt a ‘broken plan’ layout
To make sure your space functions for all aspects of your life, adopt a ‘broken plan’ layout. This plays on the well-known open-plan layout but involves creating distinct zones for sleeping, eating, cooking, relaxing and so on. For example, if you have an open-plan space that functions as a kitchen, dining and living space, you can separate each ‘zone’ using sofas, dining tables, plants and other household items. This will give each area has its own unique purpose and ensure the room truly functions for you.
Embrace the light
Without adequate lighting, small spaces can feel darker and smaller than they are. Allow as much natural light into the room as possible, avoiding blocking windows with furniture or large ornaments. You can also enhance the lightness and brightness of a room by hanging mirrors on the wall – as they bounce the light around the room, making it feel airy. Introduce lamps in dark corners or spotlights in particularly dark spaces to distribute light evenly.
If you’re considering redesigning small spaces in your home, ensure you carefully consider the costs first. There is little point pumping loads of money into your home if you won’t recoup this when it comes to sell – so it’s important to set yourself a budget before you get to work. Once you’ve established how much you can spend, you can tailor these tips to suit your budget. Happy renovating!