Four Ways to Maximize Space in Small Living Quarters
Many cities across the nation are experiencing housing shortages. In an effort to provide as many housing opportunities as possible apartments and condos are getting smaller than ever before. Cities like San Francisco and New York are now developing “microunits” that can be as small as 200 feet. Fortunately, there are several different ways that you can maximize small living spaces to make your home as comfortable as possible.
Put a Wheel On It
Putting caster wheels on some of your furnishings can greatly improve your space maximization. Chances are you probably have a small space in between counters and shelves or between a sink and a toilet. If you find a narrow shelf that can fit in those spaces put caster wheels on the bottom and you can simply roll it out anytime you need to access its contents. If you have the space for an ottoman you might want to consider getting one with storage in the middle. If you add wheels to that it can also serve as a movable seating option.
Under the Bed Storage
It’s astonishing how much you can store under a bed, but for things to be organized and easily accessible you should put some thought into your storage containers. One of the best options for under the bed storage is long and short rolling plastic tubs. Clear, preferably, as that will allow you to see the contents. What may have been omitted as potential storage can now serve as a sock or underwear drawer, which will allow you to put more clothes in a dresser or hung in your closet.
Hanging Wall Shelves
People may underestimate the significance of hanging wall shelves. These have historically served to house décor or tchotchkes, but they can easily serve as bookshelves or even to store dishes. If you happen to have a particularly decorative set of dishware they can serve a dual purpose if put on display.
Hang Wall Mirrors
It won’t technically add space to your home, but it will certainly look like it. Hanging large mirrors on the wall gives the illusion of a bigger space. Because these can get heavy make sure to use wall studs or anchors to support them.
Use Floor Length Curtains
This is another easy “cheat” that will make it seem like your space is larger than it is. By elongating your wall space you add a perception of depth to your living quarters. This will make your home feel bigger than it really is.