We all want more space to enjoy in our homes. Whether it’s to make room for more guests when hosting a dinner party or for the children to enjoy on a day-to-day basis there are lots of space saving hacks you can employ to get the most out of your home. Here are five to consider:
1. Multi-functioning furniture
There is a plethora of stunning furniture out there that is suitable for multiple uses. Side tables that also function as storage space, stools that open up to reveal storage for those items you don’t have a home for and beds that lift to reveal space for fresh bedding and towels are all excellent ways of reducing the need for storage and extra furniture in your home. Family favourite Ikea has a great range of clever furniture that serves multiple purposes.
2. Built in appliances
The kitchen is the heart of the home but if yours feels small and cramped it’s unlikely you’ll want to spend much time in there at all. Integrated washing machines and dishwashers make the space more pleasing to the eye, while built in ovens and worktop hobs save space without compromising on oven size.
3. Mirrors can create secret storage space
Choose a mirror with a thick side frame then install some hinges on one side. Screw wooden brackets to the wall where you want to hang the mirror and ensure it matches up with the size of the frame, then simply attach the hinged mirror and you have a ‘cupboard’. Add small hooks to the wall behind for everything from jewellery to slim scarves and keep them tucked out of the way and not taking up valuable space. Here is a tutorial that breaks down how to create this space saving mirror.
4. Hang from above
Use plant hangers and hang these from the ceiling to not only make for an interesting feature in any room but also save wall and floor space. In the kitchen, for example, you can use these baskets to store fruit and vegetables or even pots and pans. You could also use hooks and screw these into the bottom of your cupboards to quickly create a space to hang decorative mugs or larger utensils.
5. Make use of extendable poles
Mainly used for shower curtains, these poles can actually serve a multitude of space saving uses too. Fit one in the cupboard under the sink and hang spray cleaners from it to save space for more cleaning products. Hang one at the bottom of your wardrobe then place heels over the top to make room on your main shoe rack. You could also add shower curtain hooks and hang smaller handbags from these.
Try out some of these space saving hacks and make more room in your home for the things you really want on show.
Images from Szafarnia 2 in Gdansk by Raca Architekci – See the full project here