In smaller homes, the one thing that comes at a high premium is space. Something that certainly does not, is creativity. Finding efficient uses for awkward or unused areas can maximize how space is used, while creative use of color and the considered application of light and the positioning of furniture can add an extra dimension. Making the most of the available space is not limited to foldaway beds or doubling up the function of a room, your behavior, too, can affect the space in your home. Below are detailed some helpful suggestions that could help you take full advantage of your living space.
When floor space is limited, using the walls and existing features (with clever shelving and hidden storage) can create that much needed space. Adding shelves above doorways is a great way to generate space using an otherwise redundant area, it also keeps things out of the way but conveniently positioned, should they be urgently required. Pack every corner with smart storage solutions like corner units and bespoke shelving and try putting glass shelves across deep-set windows. Versatile furniture such as a chest or an ottoman can double up as a perfect coffee table, with space inside for storage. The space beneath the stairs can also be used to create all kinds of space, from wardrobes and storage space to a small study or even a bathroom.
Although kitchens may seem like a difficult place to start streamlining, everything there has its purpose (doesn’t it?), with a few simple refinements, a lot of extra space can be found. Start by replacing your big ol’ refrigerator with a smaller, under the counter model and use freezer bags to free up some additional space inside. Take inspiration from boats, it might sound crazy but what better example of maximizing the potential for space than a galley kitchen? Small drawers alongside the range and cubbies above the windows make use of often-wasted and overlooked space. Looking at your appliances, you can prioritize the ones that get used daily over those you use more infrequently (how long since you used the bread maker or smoothie machine?). If you're not using something on a weekly or even monthly basis, you can probably do without it. In short; put them away in the attic or have a yard sale.
Underfloor heating is a great way to save space without having to compromise luxury. All of the workings are secreted away, under the floor (as the name suggests), leaving wall space unblemished and perfect for extra shelving units.
Stylistically, it’s important to consider the appearance of your home’s interior, use fewer, larger items of furniture and accessories to reduce the visual untidiness. Eliminating obstructions will make it seem larger, the further your view into and through a space.
A couple of practical points about your leisure time at home; it’s the 21st century, put your CD and record collections into storage (or sell them) and join the digital age. An MP3 player with 20GB memory can store well over 6,000 songs, the equivalent of around 500 albums, and can fit in the palm of your hand. How’s that for space saving? Join a library, once you finish reading a book, return it and choose another. Ok, so you won’t be able to leave your intellect on casual display to any house guests but, hey, at least you’ll have space to offer them a seat! Throw lots of dinner parties, research indicates that people socialize better in small spaces and an additional benefit is that apartment dwellers who regularly entertain are more likely to keep a tidy home.
With a little bit of creativity and some imagination, there’s no reason that your tiny house has to be any more restrictive than any other home.
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