Five Surprising Ways to Create More Space in Your Home
Of course, you love your home no matter how small it is but, deep down, chances are you wish you had more space. It’s a proven fact that limited dwelling spaces can have adverse effects on your mental health and general wellbeing. So, we’re here to tell you that you can increase space in your home regardless of its size in some surprising ways!
Creating more space in your home can be as simple as adding storage space, decluttering, multi-purposing rooms, repurposing wasted areas, and choosing the right furniture. Try these five tips to stretch that space!
Build extra storage areas
If you’re like most people who keep acquiring new stuff, you’ve probably run out of space to store it or are close to arriving at this predicament. Idea!—build more storage areas to accommodate the extra items. Here are a few ways to achieve this.
- Add more cabinets to the rooms. To make your work easier, consider investing in ready-to-assemble cabinets. They come with a manual for easy installation. You don’t have to be an expert.
- Make use of high ceilings by installing floor-to-ceiling shelving.
- Place rarely used items in containers under the bed.
The alternative of building more storage for your extra items is getting rid of those things that 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 is to remove it. Use this opportunity to donate the items that can be reused or sell them to make an extra buck.
Make rooms multi-functional
Having separate rooms for every function feels great. However, if you want to create extra space, you might need to think of combining a few functions into one room. For instance, your home office could double as a bedroom. You can also invest in a sofa bed that allows extra sleeping space, and your living room can serve as the kids playroom.
Convert the attic
This may seem like a long-shot for you, but hear me out. Most people ignore the attic and let it waste away over the years. Surprisingly, this wasted space can provide the extra space that you want.
Consider converting it to a storage space by installing an access ladder and plywood flooring.
If you can tap into the HVAC ducts, you could add one, and make the attic a rec room, den, or home office. Sure, it will cost you a little, but a whole extra room will become of it, making the investment worth it.
Choose the right furniture
Oversized furniture is lush and comfortable, but if it is going to take up a lot of space in your small home or apartment, then it isn’t ideal.
Choosing furniture for a small space can result in a much roomier room. For instance, having a dining table in a small kitchen will take up a lot of space that could be used for a home office. But, using bar stools to eat at the built-in bar at your kitchen counter will free up this area.
BONUS TIP: Ditch the TV stand
Something to hold your TV up is essential, but have you ever assessed the amount of space most of them take up? Thankfully, there are alternatives that take no floor space. Consider mounting the TV on the wall. In addition to freeing up space, it will be safer, especially if you have kids running around.
There are so many ways to create more space in a home with the above 6 being just a starting point. Get creative! Our Home Organization board on Pinterest has a bunch of additional ideas to help you achieve a spacious home.
About the author: Anda Warner is a certified architect as well as a writer for different websites. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. She puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.