In the wake of changing mindsets over large homes and the shift to sustainable living, un-used space has become a “no-no” in the home design industry. These changes emanate from low-impact living and the need to have a cheaper living space that still meets an individual’s needs. Small space living has been the best option for many cities and even suburban dwellers. For this reason, there have been many emerging interior design tricks developed to get the most out of your common spaces. All these tricks come in handy whether an individual aims at increasing the functionality of the room or is looking at living on a smaller scale.
Reducing Clutter and Adopting Storage Solutions
The first step to maximizing space in a small house is the most important; reducing clutter and organizing all items in the space. Clutter refers to unnecessary things, as well as items that are wrongly placed in the house. Reducing clutter is important as it enables a user to have extra space for different purposes. Unfolded clothes, folders and books, shoes, electronics and even utensils should be placed in their designated places in order to reduce clutter and increase space in the house. Additionally, adopting storage solutions that maximize the space left is essential. An example of storage solutions includes utilizing spaces under or behind the bed. These solutions help increase the available space and improve the organization of the house.
The essential space in the house is the bedroom. The bed is a necessity which takes up ample space. There are a variety of methods in which the bedroom can be designed to maximize the footprint available. An interior design trick to achieve this is a platform idea that hides the bed, enabling the user to reclaim all the space. This is possible through the use of retractable beds like a slide-out type. In European countries like Italy, there has been the adoption of space-saving pieces of furniture like fold-down beds and side-tables that have helped cram furniture into a tiny space.
Corners in the bedrooms are wasted spaces. Adopting the high-rise box idea creates a place where items like trophies can be displayed, books can be stored and sound systems can be mounted. As stated earlier, the space under the bed can also be used to store more items that are not currently in use.
Living Room Space
In making the most out of small spaces, the living room is a must. First, it is important to find an innovative way to stash items in the living room, like under a bench that still acts as a seat. You can also find a unit that acts as a seat as well as a book storage location. Moreover, the couch can serve double duty; using couches that have hidden compartments under them serves the same purposes and enhances a lot of living room space.
Alternatively, you can use a wicker trunk in the living room by using as a coffee table while at the same time it could hold your sports equipment, travel items or guest bedding. Mounting the flat screen television on the wall also removes the need for an extra piece of furniture like a television stand in the house.
To maximize kitchen space, it is important to first adopt shelving to ensure that items are easily accessible and safe since the kitchen area is very sensitive. Shelving that goes right up to the ceiling is ideal. All kitchen storage places should be utilized. Also, adopting a good kitchen lighting system greatly helps in making the kitchen look and feel bigger. You can also adopt fold-able kitchen tops and retractable furniture to reduce the number of items in the kitchen. In cases where the kitchen is too small, you can reduce clutter in the kitchen by creating alternative kitchen storage in a nearby room.
Augmenting Bathroom Space
It is important to configure the space to allow enough room for minimal bathroom ware, enough shower space, as well as storage for toiletries and detergents. You should set up a corner sink as it eases movement within the room and is more accessible than just using a sink across the bathroom. Secondly, it is imperative to adopt the use of shower curtains as opposed to glass doors if you are having a hard time moving around the space while having the doors open.
Mounting some shelves on one side to store detergents and a towel holder also helps utilize a small space. Using vital spaces can facilitate the storage of bathroom ware in an accessible way.
The tips mentioned above are just some way you can rearrange a small space in your home. Adopting these simple techniques can greatly provide more room for better and more comfortable living, even in the smallest spaces.
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