Small homes are common nowadays, and it’s up to us to try and make the most of the space we’re given. The only other option (if you’re not keen on brushing up your interior design skills) is to move to a larger home—something that most people would do if they had the means. Sadly, you’re most likely either locked in a rental contract or still paying off a mortgage, so it’s not exactly an option.
The best way to make use of your space is to actually use smart furniture. But before you even think about buying more stuff to add to your home, you need to declutter it. Remove any garbage you don’t need, tidy up your belongings and store all of your collectables in archival boxes so they aren’t damaged. You’re going to need a blank canvas if you really want to make the most of your space.
Without further ado, here are some ways to use smart furniture to give yourself more space.
Modular Sofas with Storage
Having a modular sofa is a great way to improve your living room. It adds some new comforts and gives you and your family or guests extra space to sit. However, you can also make better use of your sofas by having storage built into the sofa or seats themselves. It’s common to have ottomans with storage compartments, and some seats have storage in their chair arms. Check out this article on tips for adding extra storage in your living room if you want more ideas on how to clear up a crowded living room. This might require you to replace your sofas, but if you’re due for new seating soon then getting furniture with built-in storage compartments is a fantastic idea.
Smart furniture is all about making one piece of furniture serve multiple purposes. For instance, if you don’t use a set desk very often because you use a laptop, then you might want to invest in a shelf with a drop-leaf style surface that can be used as a desk. This way you can close the desk when you don’t need it, and it doesn’t disturb the amount of space you would otherwise have on the shelf itself. It’s a great way to save space and you can pick these up for a fairly low price as well. Another good dual-purpose piece is a sofa that can convert into a guest bed. This is great if you invite people to stay the night now and then, but it’s also a good place for you to sleep as well if you live in a small studio.
Some of these changes are going to require you to remodel your home a little, but if you’re committed to your property then the effort and money needed can be justified. Just keep an eye on multi-functional furniture because you might end up paying a huge premium for something that serves multiple purposes, as opposed to just buying two separate pieces of furniture and trying to deal with having less space.