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Many of us have spent more time at home in the last year. Whether we’ve been working from home or having to self-isolate, we’ve been within the same four walls for longer than we’re used to. This means we’ve had more time to realize exactly how much room space we have to live and work in.
While moving house can be tempting, it might not be an option for you right now. However, there are ways to make the most of the room space you’re in.
If you’re looking for new storage solutions for your compact apartment or you’ve realized you have a series of awkward room spaces that aren’t being used to their full potential, there are ways to reimagine each room and be efficient with what you have. Here are some inspired ideas to help you stash away your belongings and make the most of that empty corner.
Easy tips to increase room spaces in your home
Avoid adding more
You might be pining after that ottoman or have your eye on the discount coffee table in the January sales. But is there enough room for these additions?
Rather than taking up more room space with new furniture, it might be time to be realistic about the amount of furniture you currently have. Can any of it go? Or maybe you can try moving things around to see if that’s a more economical use of the space.
Downsize what you have
Buying new furniture can be an issue when you’re trying to save room space. It’s worth budgeting for smaller versions of what you have. You could swap out your large dining table for a neat, round version or a smaller square option that can be moved against the wall when not in use.
Similarly, could you change your seating set-up? Would switching the three-seater for a two-seater make a difference? Making these updates can free up valuable room space.
Invest in storage solutions
Time to get clever with your storage solutions. To do this, start by looking at the walls. If there are any alcoves that aren’t being used, add some floating shelves and pop your books, plants, and other belongings on them. Hanging hooks on the walls is also a useful way to store foldable chairs or to get your bike up off the floor and out of the way.
Also, invest in furniture that has hidden compartments. For instance, buy a bench that has a storage section or a sofa bed.
Think of the lighting
If you’ve spent hours in the same room, it’s likely you’ve not thought much about how the lighting is set up. But by adding a standing lamp or even moving a desk light to the other side of the room, you can instantly change the feel of a space.
Similarly, adding mirrors can make a room look and feel bigger. Although it’s an optical illusion, it allows you to feel less cramped.
How will you reimagine the space? What clever storage tricks will you invest in?