There is nothing worse than feeling claustrophobic in your own home, but, unfortunately, if your home is a little on the small side, this a reality that you may face. Not everyone can afford to move house, or even wants to, so if you want to feel less squished, you might have to come up with ways to expand what you’ve already got. Sometimes this will cost you a bit of money, other times it won’t cost you a penny, so it really depends on what you can afford and how much extra space you want. Here are some ideas that you can have to increase the living space in your home.
Use Furniture As Storage
So you’ve been around all of the cupboards in your home, and have realised that each and every one of them is bursting at the seams with clutter. The last thing you want is just to have random bits and bobs lying around your home, so you need to find somewhere else to put it. Luckily, there are plenty of great options for furniture on the market that has storage built into them. Divan beds are something that everyone is familiar with. You can also find coffee tables with drawers and shelves built into them, and ottomans that open up, so you can put things inside them. Thankfully, there’s always an excellent range of furniture available to meet your needs.
Make Rooms Multipurpose
Just because an estate agent once told you that your home has two bedrooms and a decent sized living room, and a small dining room, it doesn’t mean that you have to use your home this way. You can use your rooms however you like, which means that you can use them for multiple purposes or can completely change the purpose of a room. For example, if you live alone, you can easily use the extra bedroom as a home office or storage for your extensive shoe collection. If you prefer to eat in the living room, rather than the dining room, you can turn this into a small guest bedroom or an office. There are plenty of great sofa beds available nowadays, so your living room could double as a bedroom when you’ve got guests over.
Build Extra Space
The is the priciest option of the three, but it will add the most space and the most value to your home. If you have a loft, basement, or garage, this can be converted into living space, as long as the laws where you live allow it to. Even if you don’t make these rooms a bedroom, you could still turn them into an office or games room. If you don’t have any of these as options, you could have one of the Visual Conservatories built instead, and use this as an office or living room in the summer. The cost of having a conservatory built is usually a lot less than the value it adds to your home.
You don’t need to settle for a small home, there is plenty that you can do to increase living space; You just need to think outside the box.