Of course, you love your home no matter its size, but deep down, you may feel like you are living in a cramped space. You may want additional room for fresh air, easier movement, and increased functionality, and who could blame you? It’s been proven that limited spaces can have adverse effects on your mental health and general wellbeing. The good thing is that you can always maximize space in your home regardless of its size.
Maximizing space in your home can be as simple as creating additional storage, decluttering, choosing the right furniture, repurposing wasted areas, replacing standard doors with sliding doors, multi-purposing rooms, or getting rid of the TV stand.
If you are itching for more liveable space, here are 7 surprising ways to achieve your goal.
1. Build extra storage areas
If you are like most people who keep acquiring new stuff, you probably have run out of room to store everything. Chances are your family has also outgrown your storage areas.
The solution? Build more storage areas to accommodate the extra items. There are a few ways to achieve this.
- Add more cabinets. To make your work easier, consider investing in ready-to-assemble cabinets. They come with a manual for easy installation. Carpentry skills may come in handy to get the job done, but you don’t have to be an expert.
- Make use of high ceilings by building a loft to serve as an extra storage area. You can also install floor-to-ceiling shelving or hanging units.
- Stack storage containers with rarely used items under the bed. Alternatively, install under-bed drawers to keep your storage accessible but hidden.
An alternative to building storage for your items is to get rid of things you rarely use. Do a thorough examination of your home starting with books, clothes, and furniture. If you can’t justify why an item is in your home, the best thing to do is remove it.
Use this opportunity to donate items that can be reused, or sell them to make an extra dollar.
3. Make rooms multi-functional
Having separate rooms for every function feels great. However, if you want to maximize your space, you could consider combining a few functions into one room. For instance, your home office can be turned into an extra bedroom, while you add a desk to the master bedroom. You can also invest in a sofa bed that allows extra sleeping space at night in your main living quarters. Your living room can have dual purposes as well by serving as a kids’ playroom. You only need to ensure you have a place to neatly store the toys after use.
4. Convert the attic/ finish the basement
Most people ignore the potential living space in their attic. Surprisingly, this bonus area can provide the extra space you’ve been looking for.
Consider converting your attic or basement into a useful room such as an extra bedroom, study, or home office. Sure, it will cost you a few coins, but the investment will be worth each and every penny.
5. Use sliding doors
Large doorways that open into coveted space can be replaced with pocket doors or sliding doors depending on their location.
You may have been ignoring how much space your door takes up but rearranging or replacing doors can go a long way in making a room feel more spacious.
6. Choose the right furniture
Consider the size of your furniture when furnishing a smaller room. Although oversized furniture might fit your personal style, it may be too large for the room. If you do love big, comfortable furniture buy a large sofa and accent with smaller pieces to avoid clutter.
Choosing the right furniture for a small space goes a long way in freeing up space. For instance, having a dining table in a small kitchen could take away from your cooking space. Try using bar stools to free up this area. If you’re really tight on space, you can also opt for folding chairs that can be stored away after use.
7. Ditch the TV stand for a wall mount
You might love your entertainment center, but have you ever assessed the amount of space it takes up? It may seem insignificant, but it is enough to make a cramped area look and feel spacious.
Thankfully, there are alternatives. Consider mounting the TV on the wall. In addition to adding space, they tend to be safer if you have kids running around.
The list is endless; there are many ways to maximize space in a home. The seven ideas listed above are just a starting point. Besides, the challenges that comes with maximizing space in a home can force us to be more innovative in achieving a spacious home.