Increases in rent and house prices and the desire for city living mean that in some parts of the UK have extortionate costs for the smallest of spaces. In 2019, it was found that in London, on average, a square metre of land would set buyers back an eye-watering £8,091. We don’t see this changing anytime soon so for now, we have put together tips and ideas of how to make the most of a small space.
- Declutter and organise
Get rid of any unnecessary items you don’t need. With a small area, you can’t afford to waste space with belongings which will also make the room look much smaller. If you can’t get rid of anything, invest in some storage solutions that can double up as furniture or sit in unused or awkward spaces. KonMari folding clothes can help fit more into a space of things you use and need every day.
- Dual-use rooms
When you only have limited space, you may need to double up on a use for some of your rooms. Think about the most appropriate rooms to do this and how you can make them versatile for when they are being used for different purposes. Living rooms and bedrooms can be used as home offices or areas to workout. There are things that will make double-duty rooms easier to use such as furniture castors on beds or sofas so that they can easily be moved out of the way to create temporary space or fold away furniture that can be assembled as required.
- Use vertical space
Lots of space can be wasted because everything is placed at one level. Utilise your wall space for your things with floor to ceiling shelves or cabinets. You can add storage around your TV with cabinets above and below or even have a fully built TV storage unit that surrounds the whole display.
Anything that can reflect the light around the room will make it feel much larger and more spacious. You can use normal mirrors or more decorative mirrored ornaments to help achieve this. Placing a mirror opposite a window if the most effective way to reflect the light but you can also place mirrors behind other sources of light such as a lamp to do this.
Furniture is a tricky one to get right. You need big enough furniture to fit the space so that you don’t need to fill it with unnecessary items that will make it appear cluttered but it can’t be too large that you can’t move around and it dominates the space. In a bedroom you can opt for a small double bed to create more space without sacrificing on comfort while living rooms benefit from sofas that are low to the ground, showing more wall and creating the illusion of a higher ceiling.
- Colour schemes
The obvious choice to go for to make a room feel bigger and more spacious is white. It reflects the light and blends with the ceiling to blur the lines of where one part of the room starts and where it ends. However, having colour in your home reflects your personality and can definitely be used. If using colour, try to stick to one colour in the room and keep your furniture in similar tones so that it blends in and doesn’t look as big.
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to transform a small space and make it seem much bigger and easier to live in.