Making the best with what you have: small home space solutions

Living in a small space is very challenging at times and especially now that it’s increasingly becoming the norm in modern society. Elderly people are living longer and thus not willing to give up their homes and sell them to the next generation. But the human population is now nearing a staggering 7.5 billion. Therefore governments have been hard pressed to make homes more affordable and policies throughout the Western world have shown that there are many homes for sale, but they’re not like your traditional family home. Many of them are small homes built in the 1960s and 70s. They may be cosy, but living in them comfortably is a bit of a challenge. Making the most of what you have is a task that requires some getting used to, but there are always a few handy guidelines you can follow, to implement small space solutions.

Peggy's Zen living room makeover, white sofa, pink tulips, bright pillows, maroon throw, natural woven drum shaped tables, jute rug, refinished floor, old brass floor lamp, Seattle, Washington, USA

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A living room should be for living
It’s very easy to see the living room as the space you should use to entertain guests and make sure you have enough seating in case guests, friends and or family come over. However, they don’t live in your home day in, day out. It’s time to stop worrying about making everybody else comfortable, and start living for you. Don’t put two couches or sofas in the room, when you only need one. Just because space is there, doesn’t mean you have to fill it with something. Take out the drawers and cabinets you that are there purely for aesthetic reasons like displaying away or stacking pictures of your family.

Sleep soundly

The bedroom of small homes is perhaps the most difficult space to get used to like most of the time; you’ll only have two small or one small bed available in each room. Despite there being enough room for a large bed, the hallways and small corridor don’t allow the ability to move a family size mattress up the stairs and through the door frame. Unless, you buy a zip and link beds, where you can find small mattresses which are able to be linked together to make a king size mattress. Additionally, if you or your partner weight more than normal, or just want different comfort levels, you can opt for tougher spring rates for each mattress, so both of you get what you want and not have to compromise. These products are easy to move and take up the stairs, even in the most narrow of stairways.

It's a pile of cool shoes.

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Create space

Think about using space, where you’d normally leave empty even though you hardly use the room or that particular part of the room. For example, the corner of the kitchen can be used to store coats, by fitting a coat hanger rack. Make sure this is done by the window, however, as it can be opened to maintain the temperature in the kitchen and a nice flow of air, therefore not damaging the materials. In the same exact position, you could also make a space for a shoe rack or perhaps a shoe mat or tray. Here you can store all your shoes without the need to lay them in the hallway or at the foot of the stairs. This kind of ethos should be replicated all over the home. Find space where you can, especially in rooms where you occupy most of your time, and make room where you hardly use a certain space.

 

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Calmness and light

One of it, not the biggest factor that puts people off when thinking of buying a small but affordable home, is the nature of it. You can get used to living in a small space, but only if the home itself projects calmness. Claustrophobia can set in and have a real impact on your life, making your very living space uninhabitable. Repaint your walls in bright, vibrant colours or even neutral colours. There’s no better time to use a bright white than in a small home, to give as much elastic force, rebounding the light within your home. The brighter a home, the more it gives off an impression of roominess and relaxation.

A small home doesn’t have to be small on the inside. Use large furnishings, but use less of them. Don’t fill space where you don’t need to purely for the sake of it. However, where you can, make space that you hardly use, functional, taking the burden off of another area. Bright and neutral colours will also fight off the panic of claustrophobia and not let it set in, they may also add value to the home.

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