Smart Strategies for Small Spaces

Living in a small does not mean having to be any less house proud. With some simple strategies, you can create a comfortable and stylish living space.

Living in small spaces does have its benefits (think the shorter time you spend on cleaning), but there are times when you wish for the few extra square metres. Living in small spaces, however, could be just as effective by making some smart choices for your household. Find out how.

1. Double-duty items
Finding items that can do more than one job means that you need less stuff. A stylish stool that functions as a pedestal for a pot of plants. An occasional chair that can be used as additional seating at the dinner table. These are just some of the many easy solutions for tight spaces.

2. Keep to key furniture pieces
So you want a larger, comfy sofa that you can snuggle up in every day after work, but feel that your living room is too small for it. The solution is in keeping to the core furniture pieces, and finding alternative solutions for others. For example, instead of a traditional coffee table, look for a side table that can be fitted close to your sofa, freeing up more space.

3. Make use of narrow walls
A narrow wall in the corner of a room offers the perfect opportunity for an accent in the house. Fitting it with open shelves keep the space looking open, even as the lines and shapes of decorative items add to the mood of the space.

4. Out of sight
A feature wall draws attention for all the right reasons, but by including hidden storage within the feature wall, you kill two birds with one stone.

5. Curtain call
Owners of small spaces often prefer to tear down internal walls to create free-flowing spaces. However, there are times when you may wish to keep some areas hidden from your guests’ view. Installing full-height curtains to function as internal walls serves this purpose perfectly well. When not needed, you could open up the spaces and enjoy the spacious environment.

6. Looking out
Does your apartment look out to a great view? Then, direct the eye to the view outside. You can do so by keeping the rest of your space understated, so the magnificent view becomes the star of the space.

7. A new height
Look upwards if the floor area is lacking. This is particularly useful for children’s bedrooms, who often need space for their toys and books. Creating a bunk bed above a study area makes for a more roomy environment.

8. Deals on wheels
If you have a small kitchen, look for storage units with wheels to give you more workspace. When you don’t need it, you can simply wheel it away to another space in the house.

9. Make use of dead space
Awkward empty spaces such as those behind the bedroom door could be extremely beneficial for storage. Shelves fitted into such spaces keep your books and collectibles in order, while any clutter could be easily kept hidden.

10. Create few focal points
Reduce visual clutter by keeping to core focal points in the space. A customised table with sharp planes draws the eye with ease.