Space is at a premium these days as property prices rise through the roof, making the average house buyer more savvy to little tricks that will save as much space as possible from their current property without the need for a move.
If you’re stuck for ideas to open up your small space, here are some that should keep your home clutter-free while still providing enough storage for clothes, belongings and sentimental knick-knacks that we just can’t seem to throw away.
Use mirrors and glass surfaces to bounce light around the room to give the illusion of a bigger space. If you have a sliding closet or storage space installed in the bedroom, cover the front with a full-length mirror and it will make the room look and feel double the size, with minimal cost or effort involved. Tiny hallway? Line the walls either side with a mixture of framed photos for a personal touch and mirrors of different shapes and sizes to double the width. Getting creative with quirky mirrors will also add a touch of character to your home.
Clear out under your bed. Your mum was right when she told you that you that there was nothing to fear under your bed – it’s a haven for storage space! Invest in some roller boxes that are low enough to fit under, yet can still be reached easily, to store things like shoes or handbags, or treat yourself to a divan bed base from £79 to hideaway belongings that you don’t need that often. A clever storage option to utilise a space that people often forget is there!
Look up! Draw your eyes up to make the most of the vertical space you have, rather than focusing on how small the room may seem. Hang an eye-catching print, a colourful wallhanging, or create an interesting feature wall, to draw the attention upwards and stretch out the space. Hanging a large mirror over a fireplace or mantelpiece will also help open up that space, as your eyes will instantly be attracted to the space highlighted in the reflection, as well as filling the room with extra available light.
Avoid overpowering bold patterns, as they’ll make your space seem a lot smaller and claustrophobic than it actually is. Keep to a neutral, clean colour palette that will open up your home rather than make it seem more compact, and you’ll create the feeling of space even where there isn’t any. Replacing your door panels with glass panes in living areas can also help add to the illusion, removing the feeling of physical blocks between spaces, and allowing more light to flow through.
Install made-to-measure storage so that you can be sure that your storage closets and cabinets are moulded perfectly to your space. Made-to-measure units are actually pretty affordable these days, and it saves having to squeeze furniture into awkward spaces where it will look bulky or out of place. Storage units with built-in sliding doors are most beneficial, cutting out any extra space taken up by bulky outwards opening closet doors.