5 Ways to Maximize Your Space!
If you live in the city, it’s likely that lack of space has haunted you at some point during your time here. There are countless ways to squeeze more function out of a room, no matter what the size. Read on for my favorite designer tricks that will make the most of every precious square foot.
Think Vertical: Use Height for Storage. This is one of the first things I notice in a client’s home when I look at storage issues. Often, people simply overlook the height of their ceilings and the amount of storage that this can provide. Look for furniture pieces that take advantage of that height. Not only will higher pieces add variety and interest to the space, they also bring the eye upwards and can enhance the feeling of spaciousness.
Smart solution! The work space is combined with vertical storage for books and office supplies.
Smart space planning makes all the difference. Group your furniture together to create intimate seating arrangements. Many times furniture is placed too far apart to hold a real conversation. Resist sticking sofas and chairs directly against the wall, as this is not always the best option. A well-planned room will feel more spacious and will provide more function.
The open space is divided into logical seating arrangements to maximize the space.
Dual-purpose Furniture. Think of every furniture purchase as a chance to bring more function into your space. Instead of just buying a console table for your entryway, think about what other function this piece might serve. Could you use it as a writing desk? What about stashing small ottomans underneath for additional seating?
A desk serves as a sofa back table, providing ambient light for the sitting area and an attractive work space. Bravo!
Foldable, Collapsible Furniture. Look for pieces that can be folded and tucked away when not in use. This custom coffee table uses a vintage gurney to create a functional and foldable table. The wood shelves can be removed and the base folds up to make room for dance parties or large gatherings.
Small scale furniture allows for more uses within a space without making a room feel crowded.
Ideabook updated on Feb. 27, 2010.
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