No matter how big or narrow your home may be, you can always do with some more space and storage solutions. Here are just a few tips and tricks to consider when deciding to build your new home! But if you’re looking for more advice, check out our Handy Home Hints article.
No matter what size bedroom you have – whether it’s the master or a second bedroom – there never seems to be enough storage space (unless I am a hoarder…)! But a neat trick is a storage bed. They are so handy to have and you can choose between ones that have drawers underneath for linen or an ottoman bed that lifts up to place the bigger, bulkier items. Not only does this create more space, it also makes it neater and less of an eye sore.
Check out Ikea’s range of different beds that do just the job!
Clever study nooks
Study rooms might a necessity for some people, but they can take up some space. Study Nooks are the next best thing and are a neat little trick! You can place it wherever you want around your home, tuck it away in a nice corner, and still get your work done! Plus, most monitors and laptops are super slim these days so there will be plenty of space! If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always opt for a combined room that has a multipurpose, like an activity room or a spare bedroom.
Multi-use island bench
Island benches really make a kitchen versatile and open, they can also serve as a breakfast bar/dining table! Don’t get us wrong, dining tables can really make a home look nice, but if you want to save some space, this is something to consider. Even if you opt for a smaller dining table with a couple chairs and have a few bar stools at the island bench – win win!
High ceilings or recessed ceilings
A high ceiling is a nice feature in any sized home, but for small designs it can add much needed space.
If you’re looking for a cost saving approach, you can install a recessed ceiling in parts of the house. This is where you take the central portion of the ceiling and make it higher than the surrounding area. It’s all about perspective and a smaller space can gain the appearance of being bigger through this visual trick.
It’s the little things
The small details in your home can have a big impact on your usable space. Instead of using traditional swinging doors to bedroom robes, a sliding door takes up less room and can double as a mirror. A bench in your laundry provides room for folding clothes and hiding cleaning products underneath.
Also, you can’t go past having dedicated storage areas like a linen cupboard or overhead cupboards. They may not seem sexy, but they hide your Christmas tree, gifts you’ll never use, exercise equipment that is used once a year… you name it.