If you have limited space in your living space, look around. It may well be you have more opportunities to expand than you think. Sometimes it’s just a matter of moving a few things around and thinking laterally with no construction or demolition involved.
To help you get started, here’s your guide to making the most of the space you have in your home.
1. Make Some Rooms Do Triple Duty
Think in plural, not singular. Just because it’s a bedroom doesn’t mean the bed has exclusive rights. Turn that bedroom into an office as well with a folding bed or futon and a more compact roll-top desk.
Make the dreary basement into a professional-looking office with a few pieces of furniture, some plants, and a new coat of paint. But don’t stop there. A loveseat or small sectional couch and TV creates a second family room.
2. Think Vertically
Are you making full use of your space? Look up and see a whole new level of places to store things. Tall bookshelves and other storage furnishings can add extra layers of space, of course, but consider adding wall shelves along the perimeter of the room for books and other items.
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Shelves that hang from the ceiling are a great option over a kitchen island or elsewhere, so you can store cookware more out in the open. Pegboards and similar wall contrivances are great for the garage and basement, getting tools up and out of the way without committing space to drawers and the like.
3. Over, Under, Sideways, & Down
Ready to do a little bit of extra work converting and increasing space? Look for wasted areas, like the space beneath a stairway, an unfinished attic space, and even the walls themselves. Plot and plan to see if it’s possible to add drawers and shelves in nontraditional spots around your home.
Explore your options for laying planks and plywood across the exposed framework to at least get a few items out of sight and the way. Garage beams are another option, but make sure they can handle the added weight.
4. Out It Goes
Here’s one last tip for making the most of the limited space you have in your home—do some serious decluttering. You likely don’t need half of what you have and won’t miss it if you give it the heave-ho.
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Look around specifically for things that no longer work, things that work but you never use anymore, items that no longer have special meaning for you and your family, and stuff that’s simply old and out of date.
When you get rid of the useless stuff, you’ll be shocked at how much space you have in your home!