It’s true of anything that the less you have, the more valuable that thing becomes. Those of us with small homes know that living space is no exception. With that in mind, here are a few expert tips to help you conserve space in your small house:
Mount bookcases on the wall.
In a small house floor space becomes a premium, so think about furniture that doesn’t have to sit on the floor. You can line the walls with shelves for books and other items, leaving the floor available for additional furniture.
Use a shelf instead of a nightstand.
Nightstands take up a lot of space, especially if you have one on each side of a shared bed. They can make the bedroom seem pretty crowded. A simple solution is to replace each nightstand with a shelf, where you can set a lamp, an alarm clock, a book, etc.
Add a Murphy Bed.
By utilizing the unused vertical space on one of your walls, a wall bed takes up very little room and won’t be in the way when you’re not using it. Simply pull the bed down out of the wall when you or your houseguests are ready to retire for the night. In the morning, the bed easily folds up to free up a sizable portion of floor space.
Recessed kitchen pantry.
The fewer things protruding into your small kitchen, the better. By cutting a hole in one of the walls (perhaps the one communicating with the garage), you can create an out-of-the-way storage area with shelves for food and even a small microwave.
Use small light fixtures with white bulbs.
Scattering small light fixtures throughout the house can keep it bright and airy. White bulbs resemble natural light.
Use the porch or patio as a living space.
With an open floor plan, you can extend your living space outdoors. A porch or patio will seem like a separate room in terms of space, and when the weather is nice you won’t have to artificially heat and cool it except with perhaps a fan for warmer days.
Use the space under windows.
Windows take up wall space already, but many homeowners leave the space underneath them unused. You can take advantage of this space with a window seat that includes a built-in storage area.
Utilize tables with drawers.
As with windows, the space underneath tables can also be used. Consider buying coffee tables and end tables with drawers or cabinet doors.
Run storage up to the ceiling.
Don’t be afraid of extending your storage areas right up to the ceiling. These can include things like shelves and wardrobes.
Organize the kids’ stuff.
Adding some metal lockers to a wall in the garage or setting up some cube storage in the mudroom can keep their clothes, shoes, and toys neatly out of the way.
Who says a room can only have one purpose? Clever storage and furniture arrangement can allow you to use the same room for different purposes. For example, the kitchen can serve as an eating area, and the living room can double as a rec room. You can set up an office almost anywhere. And remember that the porch can also serve as living space.