If you are a recent first time home buyer, or you’re in the market to make a home purchase in the near future, there is a chance you’re considering investing in a smaller home.
Perhaps your tiny home was a financial decision, an environmental one or a personal preference. In any case, once you begin moving your possessions into your modest new digs, you may begin to wonder where you’re going to fit everything.
Luckily, others have encountered the same problems, and many have found some brilliant solutions.
Up, up, up
What you lack in floor space, you can make up for in vertical space. When you have a large home, it’s easy to find space to keep your books or decorations. But fewer square feet in your home will force you to get creative.
Hooks and shelves on your walls can help you organize your possessions from the floor to the ceiling. Shelves that don’t jut out too far make for a clean look that doesn’t take up too much space in the room.
Lifting your furniture is another way to take advantage of vertical space. Put your couch or bed on risers or blocks to create storage room underneath.
Leave no corner unaccounted for
When you have limited space, every nook and cranny is precious. HGTV pointed out that small wall spaces could easily accommodate a built-in desk that won’t get in the way of people’s paths.
The area under the stairs can also make for some great storage space. Realtor.com noted that some people have been able to turn the side of their staircase into cubed shelving.
Another common space people have in their homes but don’t know how to properly use is the area between the kitchen cupboards and the ceiling. Apartment Therapy noted this is an excellent space to store your cookbooks, among other things. Ingredients and appliances that aren’t used frequently are other options for you to fill that space.
Sometimes creating a bigger area is more about creating the illusion of space. To do this, you may have to think carefully about your color scheme. Dark colors can look crowded, so it’s best to go with lighter tones, according to Realtor.com. But be careful about the number of colors you choose. Too many can be distracting and look busy in close quarters.
“A mirror can also create the look of depth where this is none.”
The more you see of the floor, the bigger your space will seem. This means that you should choose furniture that is on legs, and preferably skinnier ones that will allow you and your guests to see the floor underneath it.
Another trick tiny home inhabitants have found is to play around with lighting. If you have low ceilings, overhead lights may amplify this feature. Instead, angle lights upwards and direct them toward the walls, Realtor.com suggested. This will make your walls look taller and your ceilings higher.
A mirror can also create the look of depth where this is none. Just be sure the mirror will reflect something nice to look at, such as an art wall or an outdoor window.
Moving into a new space can be a lot of fun. You’re starting with a clean slate and you can decorate and organize it however you please. But when you’re moving into a space that’s smaller than you’re used to, you may have to get creative to make everything work.
Fortunately, with some good ideas and innovative thinking, you can make your new small space unique and functional.
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