Big family, small space? Not all of us can boast a huge amount of square footage and when it comes to all of life’s accumulations – well, where do we put it all? Here are some top tips for squeezing every little bit of space out of areas that might currently be without purpose.
#1 Wooden Armrest
Don’t want a coffee table to take up precious space in your living area? It’s very simple to make your own armrest from wood. It can sit perfectly over the arm providing you with a convenient area for placing drinks, books, reading glasses or whatever you need. If you don’t fancy a DIY project, then consider a side table with a stand that easily slides under the chair, taking up little space.
#2 Storage Coffee Table
If you simply must have a coffee table then make it work for you. There are some great tables with storage areas whether with drawers underneath, a lift up lid, or sliding panels on top. These are ideal for that last-minute tidy up before guests arrive - rather than stuffing bits and pieces under the couch!
#3 Fake Drawers
How annoying are those false fronted drawers in the kitchen? Turn them into something useful and not just for show. Adding a hinge and a small holder inside can turn something useless into a handy little storage area for sponges or dishcloths.
#4 Secret Stash
Ever long to walk into your own pantry? Well, if there is no pantry, you’ll have to make one. That gap between your refrigerator and the wall? How about a sliding door that pulls out, complete with small shelves for all your spices and canned goods? This mini pantry is a fantastic way to utilise otherwise wasted space.
#5 Boxed in Bedroom
Barely able to walk around your bed? If you’ve no room for a nightstand, then all is not lost. Think shelving instead. You can run shelves all around the walls, as high up or low down as you need. A hanging shelf right next to the bed is an ideal space-saving alternative to a piece of cumbersome furniture.
#6 What lies Beneath?
Go into your kitchen and get down on your hands and knees. Don’t worry, it’s simply so you can see that there is unused space available right there, under your units. Lift out the baseboard and turn the space into kitchen drawers. You’re then effectively using every inch of space, and the drawers are great for those things you don’t use often but keep falling out of the cupboards!
#7 Stairway to Storage Heaven
Turn your under-stair space into a fantastic area of drawers or shelving. You’ll be amazed at how much storage is available with a clever repurposing of this part of the house. It’s even possible to build the drawers into each step if you’d rather use the nook under the stairs for other purposes. Inside each step of the stairs is a slide-out drawer giving you tons more storage space. How totally brilliant!
#8 Recessed Dresser
Why incorporate a large dresser into an already cramped bedroom when you can cut a hole in the wall and place it in there. You’ll literally be pulling drawers out of the wall – what a clever solution to a small room. Built-in storage units can also be installed in-between dormers, creating a purpose for previously unused space. Obviously this will take some research before you take a sledgehammer to the bedroom wall, but it's worth it in the end!
#9 Outdoors Tricks
When the summer arrives and you want to spend more time outside, this can be a headache if your yard is small and full of toys, bikes or car stuff. A neat idea is to install a fold-down table, which can even be attached to the wall. That way, when it’s not in use, it can be firmly attached back onto the wall, taking up no space. Fold-up chairs can also replace permanent ones; these are also easier to store in winter. Did you know that hanging mirrors on your fence can also create the illusion of a bigger backyard?
#10 Soaking and Storing
While you relax in a steaming hot bubble bath, make your tub work even harder for you by having useful space built-in underneath. You can buy tubs that utilise the space not taken up by incorporating attractive shelving or cabinets. You can even DIY this idea by simply removing the front panel or putting a hinge on it and converting all that lovely unused space into anything you want. Perfect for storing bubble bath, towels and cleaning products.