Space is obviously essential when it comes to living comfortably within our homes and those living with housemates, a partner or family, will understand this best. For those of us who cannot afford massive houses, making do with what we have and making space requires innovation, meticulousness and creativity. Here are a few tips on maximizing space in our homes.
For those with children, know that their bedrooms can be much more than merely a room in which your little ones sleep in. If they’re teenagers for example, their bedrooms can also be where they study or enjoy a bit of time to themselves. This will save space elsewhere in the house where they would have alternatively been taking up space. They can use bunk beds instead of real beds or bunk bed/desk combinations. Any pillows, duvets, or items of clothing not being used all year round should be packed into vacuum-pack storage bags (ones that a hoover sucks the air out of) and stored away. This is a great method of minimizing space and ensuring that fabrics aren’t attacked by moths.
Space can be maximized in your own bedroom through ensuring closets are used to their full capacities. Unused – or very rarely used – clothing should be given to charity, while clothing that is out of season can be stored in under bed storage containers.
If you have a guest room, perhaps consider using it for something more useful and purchasing a sofa bed for your living room. They can be just as comfortable as regular sofas and allow any guests to have a double bed.
Closets are best used when organized and you should therefore separate your attire based on clothing types, shoes, accessories and more.
You can maximize space in your kitchen through placing pans, pots and other kitchen items on their sides. This not only maximizes space but it also allows you to see which is which easier. In the winter months it is possible to keep frozen foods outdoors – if your house regularly has an over-packed freezer, and some sorters or caddies can be fantastic tools for organizing kitchen objects.
Your furniture arrangements will significantly influence how much space you feel there is in your home. Furniture should not be placed in the way of walkways and should be placed against walls.
Furniture and coffee tables placed in the middle of rooms are a great hindrance to the maximization of space. Following good rules of Fung Shui should help with this. Coordinating wall and furniture colors can also do wonders for creating the illusion of space, as can hanging up large mirrors.
Of course, one option is redesigning one’s home in order to create space. From knocking down walls to extending the property, there are many ways a bit of DIY reconstruction can create more space in your home. In London at the moment there is a trend of digging downward. Many simple two or three story buildings are creating these submarine-like apartments below the streets, and using daylight-replicating bulbs to stop them seeming dreary.
If a property management company like Rentify manages your home then you should consult them first – since it may be their responsibility to deal with such reconstruction duties.
Your use of natural and artificial light will have an impact on how big or small rooms within your home feel.
The more natural light that seeps into a room, the bigger it will feel. You should also try to make sure your artificial lighting is bright, which will also make rooms feel more spacious. You can therefore install wall lights or add more lamps. Recessed lighting is another feature that can work.
Curtains take up more space than blinds, so you should consider opting for the latter.
The key to creating as much space in and around the home as possible is minimalism. Keep the majority of household objects out of sight, as clutter makes a room seem cramped.
Storing magazines and CDs in boxes for example, is one way of keeping clutter out of sight. Having a weekly house-cleaning period can help to maintain the minimalistic effect, as can moving those seasonal items or things you only need rarely into a neighbor’s place through a cheap storage sharing option like Storemates.co.uk
Under Stairs Space
If your staircase has open space beneath it, then this is a goldmine for storage. It isn’t too hard to have a small wall with a cubby-hole door fitted to it. You can store all the house’s seasonal items under here – think picnic hampers and beach wear. It is worth having a knock on some of the walls of your house too. It is possible that certain spaces were sealed over without thought for how useful they could be for storage. As long as the walls aren’t structural, you could find a neat little nook for your suitcases to hibernate in.