Small Home Hacks: How To Maximise Your Space On A Budget
If you crave that airy modern feel that makes interior spaces seem utterly endless, there’s no need to blow the budget on a costly extension or brand new conservatory. Indeed, with just a few simple tips and tricks hidden up your sleeve, you can create a spacious and welcoming atmosphere in your home without breaking the bank.
From cleverly utilising waves of natural light to investing in some multifunctional furniture, maximising the space in your abode can save you hard-earned money further down the road. Regardless of whether you have upcoming plans to purchase your first home or you’d like to make the most of your rented accommodation with some of our small living room ideas, upgrading your current living situation couldn’t be easier with our assortment of handy home improvement hacks!
Bounce natural light around the room
Never underestimate the interior-transforming power of a well-placed mirror. Ideal for brightening dark hallways and cramped spaces, generously-sized mirrors can make small areas seem instantly double the size. Not only will this affordable and practical home addition look fantastic, but it’ll also reflect any natural light to create a brighter and lighter impression.
Available in a never-ending selection of innovative shapes, sizes, and designs, selecting the perfect mirror for your abode couldn’t be simpler. With contemporary hanging wall options as well as traditional freestanding models to choose from, practically any area could stand to benefit from this space-emphasising item.
Alternatively, mirrored wardrobes also make a brilliant option if you’d like to combine your bedroom storage space with a convenient mirrored surface. Suitable for fashionistas and trendsetters alike, this sleek piece of bedroom furniture is ideal for installing in more compact boudoirs and is often finished with space-saving sliding doors to make your bedroom feel even bigger!
Give it a lick of paint with a lighter colour
If you’re willing to get your hands dirty with a little DIY decorating, another cost-effective way to make any room seem bigger is by giving it a lick of paint. Neutral tones such as light beige, ivory, taupe, and grey can inject a contemporary feel into any home while simultaneously making the updated room look larger and feel fresher as lighter colours are more reflective than darker shades.
Reflecting both natural and artificial light, neutral-toned walls should be paired with superb lighting solutions to accentuate the space-boosting effects. With freestanding floor lamps, stylish table lamps, fitted wall lights, and even colour changing strip lighting kits to explore, you’re sure to find the right lighting design to complement your home’s fresh paint job.
Often overlooked (but delightfully affordable!), your choice of bulb colour temperature can also make a huge difference to how spacious a room feels! While light bulbs with a warm white colour temperature of 2700K-3000K are ideal for creating a cosy ambiance, a bright white bulb (around 5000K-6500K) is perfect for banishing shadows and bolstering the light and bright appearance of your abode.
Not to mention, if you live in rented accommodation, many landlords will not object to giving the interior of the property a lick of paint, given it’s a non-offensive, neutral shade. However, we suggest checking with your landlord or estate agent before grabbing your brushes and rollers, just in case!
Channel your inner Marie Kondo
Instead of attempting to fit all your personal belongings into the same space, why not slimline your essentials using a nifty organising technique designed to make locating your favourite items even easier? Popularised by the beloved Japanese consultant and social media sensation, Marie Kondo, the KonMari method suggests only hanging onto sentimental items that speak to the heart while discarding those that no longer spark joy.
So, if you tend to hold onto clothes that are simply too small, books that you never plan on finishing, or decorative ornaments that no longer have a dedicated place in your home, embracing the KonMari tidying method can broaden the amount of storage and floor space you have to play with, making your home seem more modern and luxuriously roomy.
By way of illustrating, once you’ve streamlined your mounting array of CDs, DVDs, and books, you may only require one bookcase instead of two, allowing you to free up coveted floor space by dismantling this extra unnecessary storage unit. On the other hand, if you require a sleek storage solution to ensure your slimmed down collection remains neat and tidy, there are many innovative and affordable designs like modular storage wardrobes that can provide you with plenty of space-saving inspiration.
Get savvy with your storage solutions
As touched on above, picking the right storage unit can achieve not only a much more organised space, but it can also help you to unlock the full potential of your living space. Instead of storing a comforting supply of cosy blankets, padded pillows, and candle holders in bulky ottomans and hefty wooden sideboards that take up considerable portions of your floor space, opting for an extensive modular storage unit will allow you to take advantage of empty wall space.
By lifting your go-to storage space away from the floor and spreading your belongings upwards, you can make the most of higher ceilings and make locating particular household items a cinch. With this space-maximising hack in your home, you’ll be able to open up your floor space and welcome your guests into an abode that’s better suited to entertaining visitors.
One of the most popular aspects of a modular storage unit is that they’re incredibly easy to customise and are often available in larger sizes to accommodate a host of home goodies. Whether you prefer a more open and convenient design or a model that boasts pull-out drawers to keep your living room necessities safely tucked away (far from curious little hands and paws!), you’ll always know exactly where to look for those home essentials.
Of course, savvy storage solutions don’t just apply to the communal areas of your home: there’s a vast array of space-saving furniture out there that can give your smaller bedroom a boost, too. Luckily for you, our team has already put together a line-up of the best wardrobes for small rooms, covering everything from stylish sliding models to airy rail designs and more. Check it out to discover all the top picks on the market today!
Make use of multifunctional furniture
Living in rented accommodation or dealing with a strict home improvement budget means an extension might not be a viable option for you right now. So, why not make the most of your current living space by investing in some multifunctional furniture? Bursting with a plethora of small living room ideas that surpass the humble sofa bed, we’re here to inundate you with some marvellous multifunctional furniture inspiration.
Ideal for anyone who works from home but doesn’t have the advantage of their own home office, a space-saving desk is a must-have for injecting a dedicated workspace into your living room, dining area, or boudoir. Try searching for slim or folding desk models that are large enough for your PC or laptop but can be easily collapsed when hosting or used as compact sideboards for holding beverages and snacks once the working day is behind you.
Alternatively, decking out your dining room without compromising on space is made even easier when you purchase a space saving table and chairs. Unlike substantial solid wood table and chair sets, a space saving design includes models like slimline breakfast bars and lightweight stools that can be stored away with ease should you require more floor space. For those special occasions, extending tables can also be effortlessly elongated to accommodate every member of the family.
Finally, be prepared to put in the work!
Regardless of whether you’re willing to throw yourself into a spot of DIY decorating or hop onto the internet to find the right modular storage solution for your home, saving those pennies often requires a tad more research or dose of extra physical effort. Thankfully, with the advent of internet shopping and those oh-so helpful categories and filters, navigating your way to the perfect home improvement product has never been easier.
Not to mention, hanging up that striking hallway mirror or bringing a new lease of life to your cramped living room with a fresh coat of paint can be easily attempted by any DIY novice, meaning you won’t have to splash out and hire a professional. So, why not discover how much of a difference you can make to your home interior (while saving some hard-earned pounds!) by trying out some of our savvy space-saving hacks?