Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Small homes or tiny rooms can often appear enclosed, especially if they are dark or full of clutter. Even furniture takes up room, limiting space for people and possessions.

Unless we extend or buy a bigger house, making the best of what there is requires a clever trick or two if we want more room. We do not have to compromise on nice pieces of furniture and side tables, but there may be alternative places for them. Fitting pieces into the right areas of the room is an issue in any home, but doing it to create space is vital. Finding places to store items to keep our homes free of junk can make our tiny living areas feel larger. Having that little extra space makes living more comfortable and entertaining more flexible. More people may be able to gather together and perhaps also enjoy a more spacious environment. The mess that once was there will reveal a stylish home with natural character or a fresh modern look. Making use of storage to maximise your living areas may even encourage you to match pieces of furniture together and design a colour scheme. There are different ways to compliment your home.

Finding Storage in the Home

There are areas in each room where you will be able to tuck things away which are not in use. Before thinking about purchasing cabinets, take a long look at where you currently keep things. Boxes in the corner of the room or DVD's stacked on a side board can be hidden away to create your space. Utilise areas under beds and on top of wardrobes for smaller items. Place shoes, toys or paperwork in storage or hat boxes. Wicker baskets look nice if they are on show and by keeping your smaller things in boxes, they are kept together safely. Label lids if you are prone to losing things.

If you have empty drawers then allocate these to bits which are usually left lying around. Keep them neat and tidy, disposing of unwanted goods. Thin out clothing and accessories you no longer need by re-cycling them. Use vacuum bags which suck out the air once clothes and bedding are zipped in. This saves a large amount of room.

Once you have re-discovered unused areas of the home, focus on the clutter and how to hide it. The main living rooms may harbour opened mail, electronic equipment or items connected to a hobby. Constantly needing these things to hand mean adding storage to suit to avoid untidiness which in turn takes up valuable space.

Two Uses For Your Furniture

A small room doesn't have to have small furniture. Making the best of the wall space can actually provide more floor space. Corner units such as cabinets slot away nicely whilst storing glassware or ornaments. Corner sofas may sound bulky, but they use up another corner without bunching smaller sofas and chairs together. Get a sofa with a low back and more of a streamline armrest.

Buying clever yet stylish furniture can host a number of storage areas. Some sofas lift up at the ends to keep remote controls, post-it notes or kids homework which is otherwise left on the side. Sofa beds are great for small apartments or if you don't have a spare room for guests. Foot stalls which are empty boxes can also free up the place. Wooden trunks are a nice feature and double up as coffee tables with good use.

Other ways to make furniture more practical include extra drawers and shelving in side boards and cabinets. Either go modern and versatile or classic and stylish to fit in with the look of the room.

Hidden Away Storage

Built in cupboards can hide a multitude of sins. The can fit in nicely in the home adding character or keeping up with current trends. Kitchen cupboards and larders which pull out to reveal racks of space slot away again. You can design your kitchen to accommodate the space in there.

Going upwards to take advantage of empty walls mean shelving higher up. This can work in any room to store essentials or trinkets. Hanging saucepans and utensils up in the kitchen can add style as you save on your cupboard space.

As well as built in closets, why not create a built in room? Make use of the cupboard under the stairs by turning it into an office. Make a desk out of MDF and shut away the desk top at the end of the day. Better than having the computer taking up a whole corner of a room. Keep files and spare computer equipment neatly in there too.

The Illusion to Make Your Home Bigger

A light and airy room will make it look larger than a dark room. The décor and home ware can make a big impact.

Ensuring windows are not blocked by televisions or arm chairs allows more light into the room. Use pale coloured curtains or blinds and keep them open during the day. Tie back curtains to expose more of the window pane to allow as much light in as possible. Neutral shades make walls look bigger and open up a room, as do silvery toned wall paper. If you want a rich deep colour, use it as an accent wall and place a large mirror there. Mirrors are great for reflecting light and making the area look larger.

Use plenty of lighting in your home. Spotlights are great for kitchens and hallways, and have tall lamps in the lounge. Have lighting all around the room so it doesn't focus on one place making it look small. Dark furnishings and carpets may not show up the dirt, but add lighter coloured throws and rugs over them.

Paint dark wood in lighter colours and get rid of dark counter tops. Use glass cupboard doors in the kitchen and use utensil tidies and large jars to store away anything which is otherwise just left on the side.

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