Small Housing Hacks for Maximizing Space

August 21, 2020
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Not everyone can live in four-story mansions. There are many people who live in less than 500 square feet and living in these small space sometimes isn’t as fun as all those Instagrammable tiny houses often featured on TV make it look. With small apartments and houses there are unique hurdles that make decorating these spaces challenging for designers and homeowners, particularly if all you want is a fresh, relaxing cozy place that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

When designing a small house, the most important question of all is, how can you make your crammed home feel comfortable, airy, and inviting? It might sound impossible but there are ways to make your tiny space feel larger than it actually is. Check out some of these small house hacks for maximizing your space.

1. Go All White

All white room
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To make a room look immediately bigger and brighter, you can go all white on your walls to really trick the eye for a fresh and trendy look. 

2. Ceiling Meets the Floor

Ceiling to floor shelving


One trend right now when it comes to maximizing space is floor to ceiling shelves. This is ideal in small spaces when you want to have a place to store everything to keep the clutter at bay.

3. Multi-functional Furniture

Daybed


Introduce a daybed that’s perfect for daily use for lounging and doubles as a guest bed. You can also include a C-table for your cup of coffee or your computer. Every piece of furniture in a room should have a purpose. 

4. Room Dividers

Room divider


Try dividers instead of walls. This will give off the feeling of a traditional house without cutting off space. You can choose either curtains or glass panes. 

5. Under-Stair Storage

Under stair storage


The stairs can also house roll-out cart or drawers-- under-stair space is deep and tall so it’s perfect for hidden storage. 

6. Overhead Lighting

under cabinet lighting


Add some overhead LED lights on some prime spots such as shelves and under kitchen cabinets.

7. Breakfast Bar

small breakfast bar near window


Don’t worry if you can’t fit a dining room table. A breakfast bar is perfect if you have a window with a view. 

8. Under Bed Storage

Children's bed with drawers
Image: Courtesy of Stanton Homes

Just like your stairs, underneath your bed can also be used as storage space. Buy some cheap bookshelves for this.

9. Bedside Ledge 

Get creative and put up a bedside ledge instead. It’s smaller than a full table but you can still put your phone and a mug of tea beside your bed.

With these tricks, you and your family can feel comfortable in your home even if it’s not a mansion. You just have to be creative and crafty to find solutions.

Chris Jackson is an experienced business development manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. He is currently employed by Best Access Doors, an access door supplier in the US and Canada, and has been working for the company for more than 12 years now. His area of expertise is on Negotiation, Roofers, Sales, Project Estimation, and Facility Management (FM). 

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