Not everyone’s dream includes moving into a larger house. Some homeowners embrace smaller spaces with homes of just a few hundred square feet. Others prefer the convenience of small space living because there are no lawns to mow, no trash service to keep track of, and the utilities may be a part of the monthly rent.
Maximize Space in Your New Home
Whatever your reason for loving smaller spaces, you don’t have to sacrifice style as you enjoy your minimalist take on a dwelling. Take a look below at seven brilliant ideas for small space design as you maximize the space that you have on hand. These functional, practical ideas save space and keep your place cozy and comfortable.
1. Make a Slide-Out Kitchen
Create slide-out features in your kitchen, such as a cabinet for your trash can, a small space for a cutting board, or wire racks that hold cans of food. There’s also some pot holders that slide out from a cabinet to keep your pots and pans organized next to your stovetop.
Your slide-out features don’t even have to be related to the kitchen: consider a slide-out ironing board you can pull from beneath the countertop. You may also consider buying a basic tool rack for holding screwdrivers, hammers, and nails to create a mini-tool shed in an empty cupboard.
2. Use Walls Effectively
Walls are wonderful spaces because they can hold a ton of stuff. Your TV is probably the most prominent thing to hang on your wall, but you can also buy small entertainment shelves to go right next to it for your cable box, video game console, and internet router.
Walls are of course also perfect places for decorations. Hang your photos, artwork, and posters in prominent spaces to make your small space a home. Small book shelves and hanging racks for clothes, towels or whatever items you need to store can attach to your walls. The key to small space design is to make what you have perform multiple functions – your walls create structure, but also storage.
3. Convert Your Furniture to Dual Purposes
Small space design relies on convertible furniture to save room, especially if you’re in a studio apartment. The futon you bought for $100 can double as a bed. Your working desk doubles as a portable book shelf when not in use. Design a small, single row of books to go in an enclosed space. When you need to set your laptop on the desk, move the books to the floor. If you don’t need a large desk, get a small laptop desk and use that as a writing space as well as a place to use your laptop while sitting on your futon.
4. Look Up
The space above your head becomes critical for storage. Blankets and bedding are relatively lightweight, so make a simple shelf in your closet to store bedding. In the kitchen, instead of sliding racks for your pots and pans, hang a rack down from your ceiling. If your cabinets don’t reach to the ceiling, store non-essential or seasonal items up there, such as holiday decorations or things that should normally stay out of the way.
Organize as best you can. Keep just one filing cabinet, if you have to have key papers with you. Otherwise, go as paperless as possible with computer storage options. You don’t need a large amount of computer storage thanks to cloud computing and file sharing with Google Drive, Dropbox and similar programs. Rather than a formal dresser, store clothing in a large chest, which can double as a coffee table in the middle of your living room. Again, small space design gets multiple uses out of one object. The large chest can also double as a desk for your laptop.
Of course, if you still have items you want to keep but simply don’t have room for them in your space, there’s always off-site storage. Climate-controlled storage areas, vaults, and indoor storage facilities keep your items safe until you need them.
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