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January 27, 2024

Small Space Solutions: How to Maximize Square Footage

Small office nook taking minimal footprint by utilizing floating shelves and desk lamps.

Living in a small space requires some clever thinking to maximize its potential. While housing costs continue to rise, many people are considering smaller options to help stay above water. Whether you are considering downsizing or want to utilize your space better, we gathered a list to help you get the most out of your small living areas!

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Go Vertical

Storage in a play room using stackable cube shelving and wall mounted floating shelves.

The #1 tip we see when utilizing minimal spaces is to go vertical. This makes perfect sense when you’re trying not to take away from precious floor space. Every inch counts to keep a good flow and also make your room feel as open as possible. However, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Be wary of clutter: Additional storage space can eventually lead to you holding onto things you would otherwise toss. If you struggle with this part, check out our post on how to tidy up quickly!
  2. Utilize enclosed spaces (closets, cabinets, drawers, etc.): Adding vertical storage behind closed doors is a must. Not only do you increase the utilization of those spaces, but you also are keeping things visually tidy in your main space.
  3. Vertical storage within view should look like a permanent fixture: This means if it’s out in the open, make it look intentional. A wood floating shelf and hanging a metal basket on the wall both serve the same purpose but have a completely different ‘feeling’ in the space.

Clear the Ground

Living space utilizing floating shelves, wall mounted lighting, and furniture with legs creating a visually spacious floor.

Small homes can often feel cramped or cluttered quickly. One way to avoid this is to create the illusion that you are taking up less space than you are. Take advantage of wall-mounted storage, pedestal tables, and wall sconces instead of furniture pieces that take up a larger footprint. Items with legs rather than sitting directly on the floor, create a more open feel. The goal is to visually open up as much floor space as possible.

Make Your Storage Strategic

Bathroom utilizing narrow space between vanity and wall for built-in shelves for towel storage.

Oftentimes, you must make your space work for you and your lifestyle with tweaks. One thing to consider is how you’re storing your items and if your storage makes sense for your living quarters.

For example, does the cabinet under the sink need shelves or drawers to maximize it? Is there room under the bed to add a storage bin? Can you take advantage of the bathroom space above the toilet? Adding storage in unexpected places such as within your ottoman or making your current storage areas more efficient will always make your space feel larger and more liveable.

Double Your Space with Transformable Furniture

Small corner nook with convertible sofa bed.

Using up significant square footage for large furniture pieces is not always going to pay off in tight quarters. However, choosing pieces that are multifunctional such as a hutch/table or a convertible couch allows you to transition a space from one use to another. This concept is nothing new so be sure to check local resale sites or garage sales for unique transformable furniture.

Large Wall Art for Small Spaces

Large mirror in an entry to reflect natural light without making the wall feel cluttered.

It may seem like choosing small pieces will make the proportions of a small space feel balanced. However, small wall art can make tight spaces feel busy and cluttered. Choose larger artwork to draw the eyes up and around the room. As a bonus, using art along with mirrors can reflect light around the room to make it appear larger.

Living in a tiny space requires creative thinking and resourcefulness. You have to be mindful of each item you bring into your home and how you can make it work for you. By utilizing these tips, you can make your small space more functional and still have a personalized homey feel!

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