10 Tips to Help You Maximize a Small Space
All designers have run into the common problem of how to maximize a small space. Whether you’re working with a tiny half bath, a bedroom so small it almost shouldn’t count, or a downtown condo with only enough space for the necessities, it’s important to know how to make the most of the space you do have. Remember these few tips and you’ll be able to utilize each square foot!
- From Floor to Ceiling – Typically small spaces come with lower ceilings. Counterbalance this and add height by mounting curtains well above the window, adding a unique ceiling light fixture, and hanging art just above eye level.
- Create Zones – Use small area rugs or different flooring to create different living spaces. You may only have room for a 2-seater dining table next to your small sofa and coffee table, but be sure to treat each as its own space.
- Make It Work for You – Your furniture should have a purpose and if possible, more than one! Purchase a coffee table with storage that also lifts up to provide an eating or workspace. These days furniture is multifunctional so do your research and get the piece that provides the most.
- Customize Your Storage – Customizing bookshelves or cabinets to make the most of your storage is essential. Take your cabinets all the way to the ceiling or create a custom closet that is made specifically for your items.
- Stay Organized – Just because you have storage doesn’t mean you can just toss stuff in. Utilize baskets, trays, shoe racks, etc. to keep everything where it should be. This will help your space to stay clean and clutter free.
- Go All Out – If you’re doing a small powder room or kitchen, don’t hold back on the details. You can spend the money and put in the high-end pieces to make a big statement in a small space.
- Lighten the Space – If you have large windows, you’re already ahead of the game on this! If not, be sure to add mirrors and lamps, especially sconces to avoid using table top or floor space, to open and brighten up your room.
- Open Up Your Sightlines – The fewer walls the better in this situation. If you can avoid closing off your space with walls or tall furniture to keep your sightlines open, you’ll give the illusion that your room is bigger than it really is.
- Don’t Go Tiny – Just because your space is small doesn’t mean your furniture has to be! Using only a few larger pieces will help to create a normal room setting without make the room feel cramped.
- Limit Yourself – This should be obvious, but only keep what you need! Clutter is your enemy here so remember the rule ‘less is more’ and stick with a few feature pieces instead of overdoing it.