Home Design

How to Make the Most of Space in a Small Property

Mix Atra - Small designer table and dining chair set - Photo from Fads

Mix Atra - Small designer table and dining chair set - Photo from Fads

You have just moved into your new home or apartment and as you stare around the room, you can’t help but wonder where all of your belongings will fit.

Whether this is your first home or you are downsizing your residence, organizing your new place and making it truly feel like home can be difficult.

But don’t worry, we are here to guide you along this process and give you some amazing ideas.

Here are some fundamentals for any small space you may have:

Furniture

Most people have the assumption that just because their space is limited, they need to fill it with small furniture.

Small furnitureThis is simply not true. When you have several pieces of smaller furniture in one room, it can actually make the room look even smaller than having a bigger item of furniture.

Try to keep your main furniture items relative to one another and avoid using bold patterns or bulky furniture.

When planning the layout of your living room, try to hang your flat screen television on the wall rather than using an entertainment centre.

This will create an open feeling to your space and avoid the clutter that is often associated with a television stand.

Organization

Organization is the key to any space, big or small. You should only try to begin and organize your belongings once you have the furniture in place and all of your main items have a particular spot.

Small bedroom with excellent use of spaceOnce that step is complete, look at the items you have left in your home and think about the various ways you could store them for future use.

You could try and add a second rod or shelf to a closet space, or maybe even grab some storage bins that will fit underneath your bed.

Another great idea is to look for furniture that has built-in storage compartments such as a bed with drawers underneath.

Whatever method you decide to use when organizing your things, just make sure there is a method behind the madness.

Light

Having ample lighting in your home is another big key factor. When your home fills with that glorious sunshine, it will create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

To maximize your lighting you may want to try and use a glass coffee table rather than a wooden one, or hang some mirrors on the walls to bounce the light around the room.

Hanging your art or pictures is glass frames will also help to create reflections and add to the ambiance of your space.

Windows

Big windows in apartmentWhen placing the furniture around your home, try not to block any windows.

You want to maximize the space in your home and make it feel bigger than it actually is, not make it feel like a dungeon.

This is also true when hanging your window coverings around the home as well.

When the curtains are open, they should hang beside the window and not block any part of the pane.

You may also want to try and hang the curtains from the ceiling rather than the wall for some added height and drama factor.

Making your small property seem bigger than it actually is doesn’t need to be a chore.

You just need to have an open mind and be creative when placing the furniture around your home.

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Colin
Interior design nerd, co-owner of CSW.