Small spaces don’t have to go to waste. Many apartments opt for a bare/minimalist theme due to fear that they’re home will look too crowded. The likes of Japan have been making use of their small spaces for years and have inspired many of the below designs.
Take inspiration and transform your home.
#1 Make Use of The Space Around Your Door
Think how much forgotten space is just left there, right in front of your eyes. Dead space, as in places that are used to connect one room to another (and you can’t really place craws around them. Are a great place to put shelves up. You can fit them around your entire doorway, or just one side.
#2 Hang Baskets For Extra Storage Space
Another dead space trick involves using your walls. You can add towel rails onto your your wall very simply and then affix laundry baskets to them. They look smart and are entirely practical. Fill them with whatever you need to fill them with!
#3 Use Space Under Stairs
Now ok I get it, we might not all be so fortunate as to have empty space under stairs… or even have stairs at all. But if you do, you can explore many different ways to maximise this space. Need a quiet room to get work done or read a book, whilst your family/partner is in the living space? Voila transform the underneath of your stairs into somewhere special.
#4 Make Zones In Your Rooms
This is a very simple, powerful trick. You may only be fortunate enough to have one room, however you can separate the room in two by placing a sofa, or your dining area. Signalling that a new room begins and giving the feeling that you have a proper dining area.
#5 Use All of Your Wardrobe Space (Put Chester Draws In There)
It’s so simple, yet so many people forget it. Your own wardrobe is the best place to start maximising space in your home. Install shoe rails, add Chester draws. Leave your towels in there. Hang more clothes up on the back of the door.
#6 Buy Quarter Sized Furniture
This is another “trick”, by buying “quarter sized furniture” you give the impression your room is a lot bigger than it is. However, it’s because the furniture appears to be a lot bigger than it actually is. An optical illusion of furniture!
#7 Buy Multi functional Furniture
Inspired from Japanese designs, they’ve been encroaching their way into the West for quite some time now. They’re a combination of engineering and classic furniture. They are quite pricey though!
#8 Turn Your Stairs Into Draws
If you have stairs there is a lot of hidden space that you can start hacking today. From underneath (as we discussed before) to the actual stairs themselves. Some homes have decided too ad draws all the way to the top, others have added a couple of draws for shoes at the bottom. Very clever.
#9 Design a Feature Corner
The above design is great and artistic, but you can go one further and include more practical items. You could set your feature corner up ion your kitchen and include a spice rack, cereals and cutlery… it might look a bit messier than the above example but it’s highly practical and frees up space in your cupboards.
#10 Compact Dining
Another furniture hack. When you think about it, your dining table takes up a large amount of your space in your home. By purchasing a smaller dining table, or a fold able one. You can easily put it away and bring it out when you it’s needed.