Unless you live in a house with bags of space to spare, there is a high chance you’ll want to preserve as much floor space as possible. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, it’s both practical and more comfortable to have a lot of floor space. This is not only for aesthetic reasons, but for convenience, too. After all, who wants to have to weave in and out of various pieces of furniture just to move around?
Unfortunately, a lot of homes are getting smaller and apartments can be particularly small, meaning floor space is hard to come by. This forces tenants and homeowners to think long and hard about furniture placement. If you’re struggling, here are some of the ways you can maximize the floor space in your home.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Furniture
You might be thinking, how is getting rid of furniture going to be of any help? You might also be thinking that every piece you have is needed, but that’s not necessarily the case. For example, dressers can take up a lot of space, but they’re not always needed. Sure, they’re convenient, but is it worth it for having reduced space all round? Probably not.
If you have a bed that has storage underneath the mattress, or if you have drawers or space under the frame for storage boxes, consider putting your clothes here. You can always cover up under your bed with a valance, but a lot of modern beds come with built in storage anyway, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Outside of the bedroom, think about the bathroom. They tend to be the smallest rooms in the house, but they also tend to be the place we store a lot of our stuff. The good news is that most things that are stored in the bathroom are waterproof. Rather than having a dedicated unit for things such as soap bottles and cleaning supplied, consider baskets or hanging storage. Baskets are smaller than solid units so will give the illusion of more space, and they’re more flexible so more things can be slotted in.
Hanging storage is great for soap bottles in the shower and can easily rest against the shower screen. Other cleaning supplies could be kept under the kitchen sink.
Buy Smart Furniture
If you absolutely need lots of furniture, consider buying smarter furniture such as floating furniture or vertical storage. This will save you space but give you the storage you need. For example, a less wide but taller sideboard will still give you the space you need, but it will take up less floor space.
Alternatively, floating shelves are a great option. They mean you can have plenty of space to showcase your art, photographs and knickknacks, but you don’t need to take up floor space to do it.
If you need lots of seating because you frequently entertain guests, don’t buy two sofas. This can take up a lot more space than an L-shaped sofa which can be pushed flush against the wall. You can also buy narrower options in a configuration that best suits your room, and some even have storage underneath which means you can keep your blankets, throws and video games/entertainment discs out of the way. This means you don’t need to worry about buying an entertainment unit, especially if your TV is mounted on the wall.
The key to saving floor space is about being smart with your decisions when buying furniture, and to implement a rigid organization system that you don’t stray from. Utilize the walls and ceiling for hanging options and buy furniture that has integrated storage where possible. We hope you find these tips useful.