If your home is relatively small, you might find yourself wondering how you might make good use of the space. It can often be frustrating, especially when you want to renovate or make some kind of change to your home, but don’t feel entirely able to. But there are always ways of getting around a lack of space. All it takes is that you understand some of the basic characteristics of small spaces, and try to work around them in a clever way. This post will look at some of the great things you can do and approaches you can take to make the most of a home which has only a little space.
Take stock of what you have
There is little point in not being honest with yourself about what space you have to work with. However, many people with smaller homes often find themselves falling into this exact trap. If you want to make the most of the space you have, you first need to come to terms with exactly what space you are actually working with. If you are about to start a grand renovation, first take a step back and look at your home objectively. Sometimes, when you live somewhere every day, you can forget how small the space actually is. So look at your home and try to see clearly what you have to work with. You might find it helpful if you deal with the actual figures rather than the look of the place itself. Draw up a floorplan of your home and consider the real dimensions. That way, you know exactly what you are working with.
Making the most of space requires you to be clever about it. It really doesn’t matter too much how little space you have if you are able to tackle the problem in a unique and creative way. So don’t despair, regardless of what kind of space you are going to be working with. Just do your best to make the most of it, and don’t be afraid to use your imagination to try to come up with clever solutions. It might take you a while, and that is a good reason to give yourself plenty of time on any projects that you are working on in the home. But as long as you do that, there is no reason you can’t achieve exactly what you want to, when you want to.
Creating space in smaller rooms
If you are looking at your home as a whole, with a hope to make it feel a little larger, then it is a good idea to begin with the smaller rooms. If you start with the smallest rooms in the house you will soon find yourself feeling as though you have much more space to work with, and this will mean that you feel spurred on to continue with your renovation projects. In most homes, the bathroom is usually one of the smaller rooms, and this is as good a place as any to get started. If you want your bathroom to feel a little bigger, then you might want to think about what you can do to make the most of the relatively limited space. It is usually a matter of trying to find ways to limit how much space the necessary items take up. There are certain things no bathroom can do without, so you should see what you can do to make them smaller.
As it happens, for most of the essentials in any bathroom, you can achieve this quite easily. Even things like your toilet and bath can be made smaller if you know where to look. Consider installing a smaller toilet than the one you currently have – there are a huge range of short projection toilets out there, so it is just a matter of finding the one that best suits your bathroom. This will make a huge difference alone, but you might want to look at your bathtub as well. If you really want to make as much space as possible, think about removing your bath in favour of just a walk-in shower. If you do both of these, you will already find that your bathroom is considerably more spacious.
Using larger rooms for storage
It is now a good time to start thinking about the larger rooms in your home. These rooms should be seen as an opportunity to make the most of their space, and there are many ways to do that. In general, it is likely that you will want to utilise their excess space to use as storage, even if it means storing items belonging to other rooms there. It is important that you look at all the spaces you have in your home as a whole as well as individual rooms, as this is how you really make the most of what you’re working with.
Of course, you still want to avoid using larger rooms so much that they become cluttered, as this works strongly against what you are trying to achieve. But if you are able to use whatever spare room they have to store even small items, the whole home will soon feel and look much bigger. Use larger rooms sensibly, and your home will benefit from it hugely.
Double use items
There are many things around the home which you can use for dual purposes, and once you start to look at items in this way you will see how easy it is to do so. When it comes to storage, it is always beneficial to treat yourself to items which double up as something else, as well as being storage units. Furniture often lends itself well to this dual purpose. You can get beds which lift up to provide plenty of storage space underneath, sofas which do the same, even chests of tables which have hidden drawers and so on. Although each item may only hold a small amount, if you fill your home with such effects you will find that overall it makes a huge difference to the feeling of space in your home. This is worth thinking about if you find that your home is just too small to really do anything else with. As long as you find some clever double-use solutions to some of your biggest items, your home should still come out the other end feeling larger than ever.