We all want a bigger house to put our things in—a separate closet, an Ensuite bathroom, space for a library, a media room or game room, or a man cave. However, a bigger house means higher price, higher rental rates, and higher utility bills, not to mention the amount of effort needed to maintain it. We’re better off with maximizing the space we already have. Here are some ways you can do just that:
Make use of vertical space
Most of us forget that there is an ample amount of space located just above our heads. We think of floor area and the space just below the eye level, completely forgetting the space above that. Line it with floral wallpaper designs or decorate it with framed pictures. Better yet, install overhead storage options to store seldom used items in the house.
Let the light in
The surefire way to brighten and maximize space is to let it breath. Hang the curtains on either side of the window to let the light in when opened. Don’t block the light coming in. Clear the path from unnecessary cabinets or tall shelves, or dividers. Instead of using hardwood coffee tables or dining tables, try a clear glass one instead. It opens up the space and creates the illusion off more space.
It’s the trick of the trade. If you have a small space, line one side or either side with mirrors. However, you need not go all the way. Collect ornately-framed mirrors and arrange them on one wall in a slightly haphazard manner. It breaks up the space and provides an illusion of more space. Frame your favorite family pictures in glass frames to create more reflective surfaces.
Utilize awkward corners by creating shelves as additional storage options. Use unused blank spaces including the underside of the stair or the landing strip of your stairs. There are seating options that actually double as extra storage options, including ottomans and couches that reveals boxes inside if you lift the cushions.
If you are living alone, change from a regular bed into a loft-style bed, providing you with some floor space without sacrificing sleeping area. You can also use the space beneath the loft bed as a home office complete with mini library, desk, and cabinets. Make a small home office by using a cabinet surface or a middle shelf as table, taking off the shelves on top. Convert the space created by a sun nook into extra dining space. You just need an extra table and some chairs on the other side and you’re set.
If you need an extra room for when you have guests over, convert the attic into an extra room or guest room. Utilize foldable dividers to divide a large room into two smaller ones. Use couches that convert into beds for extra sleeping spaces. Close up the patio or terrace to add an extra room in the house.