No matter how big or small your house is, you can always use more space. Whether you like to entertain or just want a bigger feel for your family, there are many ways to maximize your square footage. Here are some clever ways to find more space in many rooms of your home.
1. Use Multifunctional Furniture
Your living areas can always use more space, but they tend to get the most cluttered. Maximize your living spaces with multifunctional furniture to store often-used essentials like books, video games, and the kids’ backpacks. When guests come over, provide a convenient, designated space for shoes and coats that’s accessible without being in the way.
2. Make Bedrooms Multifunctional
Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping. In the kids’ rooms, create other zones for playing and doing homework. Give them their own “drop zone” for their backpack and coat, so they don’t take up space by the front door. In your room, why not add an area for the computer, or a reading nook? Store off-season clothing in bins under the bed instead of in the closet.
3. Add Vertical Storage
Floor to ceiling bookshelves add storage space to help clear clutter, but can provide a design feature. They may even make your ceilings look taller, which creates the illusion of a bigger room.
4. Create Outdoor Living Space
Even simple porch or patio can provide outdoor living space — at least during warmer months — without the huge costs of a home addition. And if you already have it, use it! Add comfortable furniture and accents that make it feel like an extension of your home.
5. Build a Loft
If you have high ceilings, try creating a loft for sleeping, playing, or lounging. Even if it’s only for storage, it’ll free up valuable space.
6. Show Your Laundry Room Some Love
That poor laundry room tends to be neglected. But giving it maximum storage and keeping it organized can make your life a lot easier and cut clutter in other areas of the house. It might be as simple as a clothes line or open shelving.