Freeing up Floorspace in Small Houses


Today, there is an ever-increasing demand for, and value of, floorspace in the home. Today, homes are not filled with as many lavish decorative items as they once were; now, they’re full of necessities such as furniture and electronics, which means floorspace is key. Basically, floorspace is king in the modern world of interior design. And you can free up this all important space in your home, even if your home is small. For advice on how to do just, make sure to read on.


Have necessities climb up your walls from the floor to the ceiling

In order to save and free floorspace, it makes sense to use as little of your floor as possible, right? Yes, this is not a trick question: this is exactly what you have to do! One way to do this is to have the general necessities in your home that take up a lot of floor space, such as horizontal radiators and small cupboards, replaced. You should replace traditional horizontal radiators with much more contemporary vertical ones, like these. And, you should only use tall cupboards and bookcases to store your belongings as this would be utilising your floor to ceiling space, rather than using up all of your floorspace.

Give precedence to windows over walls

Sometimes, it’s not just about actually freeing up space on your floor. Sometimes, mainly for aesthetic purposes, it’s about creating the illusion of a room being bigger and more spacious than it actually is. And to do this, big windows should be installed that take a large junk out of walls. And, when it comes to doing this prefabricated windows would no doubt prove to be a great installation choice, especially if there is an abundance of old-school architecture in your home.

If too many windows isn’t you thing, then simply get as creative as you can with mirrors instead.

Less walls, more multipurpose rooms

It appears to be the case that walls are the enemy of floorspace, because yet again we’re trying to forgo them, or in this case knock them down entirely. And if you do knock some walls down in your home and turn two or more rooms into one, you will instantly find an abundance of floorspace suddenly appears before your eyes.

But, if knocking down the walls in your home seems too far of a stretch for you, then there are other ways to create floorspace in this kind of room-opening style. One way is to simply keep the walls in but to replace them and the doors that sit within them with sliding walls. By doing so you will be allowing the two room spaces that they separate to breathe and feel as if they are one without having to get rid of the privacy that walls bring. Other options include having glass walls fitted, which will allow you to attain the separation you crave without visually dividing the room or simply having curtains set up and drawing them when privacy in one room is needed.

Create living spaces out of spare spaces

In small homes, built in living spaces are few and far between. But, this doesn’t mean you can’t create new living spaces, does it? No, it doesn’t. Specifically, it doesn’t mean you can’t create living spaces out of spare spaces inside or outside of your home. For instance, you could create a living space by having a conservatory erected at the back of your home, or you could create a living space in your loft by having the area above your home made habitable. And when you create living spaces, you naturally create floorspace as well!

Make use of the cupboard under the stairs

Harry Potter may not like the cupboard under the stairs, but if you want to free up floorspace in your home then you’re going to have to! More to the point, you’re going to have to start making real use of it in terms of a storage space, even if this is already the case. Yes, even if your cupboard under the stairs already looks like a hoarder’s dream, you still should and still can fit more in it. To do so, you’re going to have to dabble in a bit of clever under-the-stairs storage. This means pegging, hooking, stacking, under-stacking, over-stacking, fitting, squishing, squashing and pushing in everything you can into the space. Remember, if there is space in there, use it.

But, if the cupboard under your stairs simply won’t take anything else then you’re going to have to opt for other storage options; this could mean opting for shelves instead. And you’re going to have to opt for a lot of them! Remember, it is best to store from ceiling to floor, rather than just on the floor.

Consider a lofted bedroom

A lofted bedroom is basically a bedroom that is lofted. No, more to the point, it is a bedroom where the bed is lifted off the ground and bedside tables hang from the ceiling rather than sit on the floor. Firstly, by lifting your bed in such a way you make for more storage space under your bed, which means bedroom appliances and clothes cannot possibly creep their way onto the walking floorspace; what’s more, the illusion of more floor space is instantly created when even just a little bit of a gap is shown between the bed and the floor. Secondly, by hanging bedside tables from the ceiling you, of course, you free up the floorspace that would have otherwise been used by a traditional table being placed there.

When it comes to your next home improvement, especially if your home is on the small side, make sure to take heed of the floorspace feeding advice above. By doing so, and by doing so before the Christmas period hits full swing, you will be able to accommodate many guests into your home over the holidays — you’ll even be able to sleep them on your floors (if your floors are clean and you provide blankets, pillows and sleeping bags, that is). But, most importantly, you will be able to reclaim every square inch that you paid for when you bought your home!

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