Small homes can become cluttered and hated very quickly, But it doesn’t have to be that way, a lack of space in your home should be seen as a challenge rather than the end of the world.
If you have a small home and you want to make the most out of it and start to enjoy your home once again this is the blog post for you. In this post, we will look at 3 simple home improvement tips that can help you fall in love with your home again.
Improve on what space you have.
In small homes you have to think smart and get creative with your space, to do this you should maximise your space by selecting the right type of furniture for your home.
An L-shaped settee may look great in the showroom but in your living room it could take up too much space and the awkwardness of the L shape could make it difficult to fit your other furniture in. The same can be said for televisions, wardrobes and even the bathroom suite you pick.
You will need to think about how the furniture is going to fit in your home when buying it. If you’re not buying any new furniture any time soon, you will need to move around your existing furniture to get the best out of it. It may take you a few attempts but you will be surprised after a few goes how quickly you start picking it up and your room will be more space-efficient.
Add more storage where possible.
Once you have maximised your space you should start thinking about investing in storage space. Furniture with inbuilt storage is such an easy way to add more space to your home.
In the bedroom, you could buy a bed with inbuilt storage. Many beds offer storage, some are built into the sides of the bed while others are underneath the mattress and pop up when you lift the mattress.
In the hallway you could think about adding a mudroom bench which is not only useful for storage but practical for those with younger families as quite often the little ones tend to get mess everywhere on rainy days. A mudroom bench as the name suggests takes the beating where your other carpets and rugs don’t have to.
In the living room you could opt for a stylish storage ottoman which doubles up as a coffee table/footrest. House beautiful has a great post on storage ottomans.
Bench seating at the kitchen table looks great and can also be used for storage, just be careful with the little ones fingers as the seating area can slam down on some cheaper benches.
In the bathroom you could opt for a wooden hamper to keep your dirty clothes out of the way which would otherwise take up space in the bedroom or laundry room. A wooden hamper isn’t the most attractive item of bathroom furniture but it’s much nicer to look at than a cotton hamper which will go mouldy over time.
In the kitchen you could install an on the wall pot rack which not only looks great but it frees up your kitchen cupboards for more storage space.
In the garden you could purchase a garden shed or install a cool tool rack which can be used to keep all your gardening equipment safe and secure.
Convert rooms that are not used.
This last tip is a great tip for making the most out of your small home but it’s also the most costly. Renovating any room is going to be costly, but most of the time it’s worth it.
If you have a loft or a cellar that you are not doing anything with it maybe time to convert it into a liveable space. Loft conversions are expensive and on average can cost upto £40,000, with that said they can also add on 20% of your homes value when it comes to selling your home.
Before taking part in a loft conversion it may be worth talking to your local estate agent to see if it would be worth taking out the conversion in terms of your return on investment. If you aren’t concerned about making or losing money and just want more space to love your home once again, a loft conversion can bring in more space to your home. To learn more on loft conversions check out ideal homes post.
Home improvement can sometimes be difficult as it’s hard to know where to start. Hopefully this article has given you some advice on how to improve what you already have. If you don’t have a massive budget start with adding more storage to your home first and then move on from there.