Colour and scale keys to maximizing small spaces
organization to storage solutions.
Items like wicker baskets that are designed to sit securely on a stairway, sleek, free-standing toilet tissue holders, suction cup items for the bathroom (to alleviate shelf clutter) and mounted coat hook systems that retract when not in use are all daily items that can make a big difference in a small abode.
Keeping as much free floor space as possible will make your small place feel bigger. Think up. A taller, slimmer dresser is going to take up much less floor space than a low wide one, as would a bookshelf or storage cabinet with the same design.
A flat-screen television mounted on the wall will take up much less space than a traditional television on a floor stand. Traditional items like night stands beside the bed or end tables flanking the sofa are definite space eaters.
Low-profile furniture and clean lines make a space feel larger. There are additional hidden storage possibilities under the low-rise coffee table. An upholstered storage ottoman will provide additional seating and storage as well as acting as a coffee table when topped with a decorative tray. A skirted sofa and/or ottoman will provide hidden storage below for books or CDs.
In a small bedroom a loft bed will offer valuable storage space beneath it for a dresser or desk.
If you can, carve out shallow space between studs. In a small bathroom a built-in cubby like this can house daily essentials. Simply install shelves and a cabinet door to keep those essentials out of sight.
Ready-made bathroom cabinets are available at many home renovations and supply stores. If you have a traditional toilet with tank, there should be room above the toilet for such a cabinet.
Clutter can make a small space seem even smaller. Keep tabletops and countertops as free of “stuff ” as possible. Choose monochromatic colour schemes to keep the decor feeling open and continuous.