Apartments, in particular, can be difficult when it comes to having more space, as they tend to be more open-plan flat layouts with limited rooms compared to a two-story house with an ample garden area. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that just because you have an apartment, there’s no hope for more room! Give these six hacks a try and see if you can’t feel like your home just got a whole lot bigger.
- Implement Space-Saving Furniture
There are so many amazing space-saving furniture designs nowadays that it would be rude not to. Especially where beds and couches are concerned, there are some truly innovative designs like Murphy wall beds which enable you to get so much more out of one small space.
Bulky furniture like beds take up the majority of a room’s surface area, which means any solution you can find to free up all that space will be a huge plus.
Think logically when it comes to choosing your furniture: would a table which can easily be folded away be more manageable than a heavy version which can only sit in the middle of the room? Can you make more use of footstools that have built-in storage compared to those without?
- Try Stackable Furniture
Working upwards is so much better than working outwards, because you, therefore, don’t compromise on any of your useable space. For shelving, try stacking crates or boxes which can be used as storage or consider high wall-mounted shelving instead of a large unit that sits on the floor.
Any stackable-friendly furniture you can find, including chairs and tables, means these items can easily be stored away when you aren’t using them.
- Use Light and Mirrors
Sometimes, just the illusion of more space is all you need. Placing mirrors in the right places gives the impression of more openness and a bigger room. Natural light is also great for opening up a space and making it feel larger.
- Opt for Blinds Instead of Heavy Curtains
Large curtains can move inward into the room and therefore feel as though they are taking up a lot of space in a small area. By instead fitting blinds into the inside of your windows, you maximize the area around the window, making the room feel larger and brighter.
- Choose Lighter Colors and Textures
Using the same trick as with natural lighting and more mirrors, brighter and lighter colors of paint as well as textiles can make a room and home appear larger. Creams and whites make a space feel a lot more open compared to darker colors.
- Think Multi-Purpose
Whether it’s furniture or room design, think how best to make one space or item have many functions, and therefore limit the need for many different variations. If you can have one room which doubles as a dining room as well as a living area, that frees up space in a separate room you may have reserved exclusively for your dining table.