Everyone loves a little space. Your home should be a space for you and your family to feel free and comfortable, not claustrophobic and cluttered.
The first step in creating more storage space in your home is to get rid of the stuff that you’re not using. The best way to maximize your space is to learn how to declutter. Clutter drains energy and costs time and money. Regularly decluttering is a key step in maximizing storage spaces. The best way to declutter your home is to go room-by-room. And, if rooms are large, or complicated, you should start by breaking them up into zones.
Natural light has a knack for making any space feel more open and airy, so maximize yours as much as possible. If you want to use partitions to create the illusion of different rooms in your studio, opt for one that lets in plenty of light.
There’s not a lot you can do to increase the amount of sunlight coming into your home.
Mirrors – Place a mirror on a wall adjacent to a window or opposite a window. When placed adjacent, a mirror will mimic the window and make it seem like you have more windows in the wall. When placed opposite, the mirror will reflect light and views from the window.
Reflective surfaces – Reflective surfaces like a back-painted glass backsplash can bounce light around and give the impression of more light when windows are limited.
Window shades – Let the light in. Avoid heavy, light-blocking window treatments. Opt instead for translucent shades that provide privacy while allowing light into space. This will even give a soft glow to the shade and bounce light into the wall directly adjacent to the shaded window.
White walls – Flat white is best if your walls are white, but if you have dark walls, be sure to go with a slightly lighter color on the ceiling, as in this room from Better Homes and Gardens. White on the ceiling in an otherwise rich room will only feel oppressive.
When you live in a small apartment space in Calicut with smaller storage options, a blank slate under the bed becomes valuable for storing, well, whatever will fit. We’ve rounded up smart projects, inspiring photos, and a useful shopping guide to help you make the most of your available bed-to-floor storage options.
Utilise Space under Beds
So many companies sell beds that are made for storing excess items. The benefit of this type of bed is that every square inch is usable space. You also have the option of building a bed frame with built-in cubbies to store miscellaneous items.
Some of the ideas are:
Wheeled boxes – A specially designed under-bed wheeled box keeps belongings out of sight but is easy to roll out when you need something. The generous size is handy for books, out-of-season clothing, linens, hobby items and more. The lid also protects contents from dust and pests.
Drawers – For easy-access storage, purchase wheeled drawers or repurpose old dresser drawers by adding casters to the bottoms. Drawers are handy under kids’ beds for holding toys, games and dress-up clothes. In the guest room, fill them with spare blankets and pillows.
Locked boxes – The space beneath the bed is a great place to store a safe or locked box, especially one equipped with wheels. You can fill it with important items that you don’t access frequently, such as personal documents and valuables.
Opt for Multi-purpose Furniture
If you buy new furniture, make it multi-functional. For example, a box-like coffee table or ottoman that also has storage inside. Collapsable tables are really useful too because you can use them at half size for everyday life and then expand them for when you have guests.
You can also get couches that have bookshelves built into the armrests. The same principle that works for open closets works for open shelving as well. If your living room leaves much to be desired in the storage department, create your own.
Most small apartments don’t have enough space to house a dining table. Even if you’re not the type to throw a dinner party, there will always be occasions when you have friends over to eat, even if it is only at Christmas. A coffee table that can convert into a dining table – often big enough to seat up to eight people – is a smart solution.
Teenagers like their rooms to look bang on trend. Show them you’re up to the job by treating them to a stylish sofa that can convert into a bunk bed. Be warned, though; they’ll be inviting their friends over for a sleepover as soon as they see it in action. Make use of bigger, but fewer furniture.
An entryway can be a very functional space in your home, but it can also be the most cluttered when you corral shoes, coats, mail, and keys in this area. However, you might find yourself constantly dumping the mail on the kitchen table and scrambling for your keys without one.
If you have the square footage to work with, you can create an entryway with some strategically placed furniture. Use room dividers or folding screens to block off space from the rest of the apartment. A strip of removable wallpaper is also effective in delineating space; also try using the back of a piece of furniture, such as a bookcase. A small table or chest of drawers placed in front of the screen provides a horizontal surface to stash mail and keys. Be sure to add a coat rack or hooks for jackets, umbrellas, and scarves.
Another idea in creating an entryway is to utilize any and all wall space; this works particularly well in small apartments. A narrow shelf mounted low is a great place to stash essentials.
Drop zones, mudrooms, utility rooms, entryways, “places to leave your stuff.” Whatever you choose to call them, these spaces are invaluable as a spot to kick off your shoes, drop your keys, and keep everything you’ll need for the next day right where you left it.
Sometimes these spaces can be hard to come by, especially if you live in an apartment or studio. Without organization, shoes usually end up piled in front of the door waiting to trip an unsuspecting victim, and an array of backpacks, mail, dog leashes and knickknacks can clutter your home to the point of embarrassment.
Mirrors are one of the best ways to make any room appear larger. A nightstand that mounts on the wall is perfect for a small bedroom. The open space underneath the nightstand visually enlarges the space, and you can also stash things like shoes and books underneath.
Mounting a lamp on the wall frees up space on top of the nightstand. Overhead lighting is typically harsh and unattractive so adding a task and ambient lighting to any room is a good idea. Wall sconces in a small bedroom don’t take up the valuable floor space a floor lamp would. A deep wall-mounted shelf can double as a desk if you’re okay with perching on the bed while working. If your apartment is lacking in closet space, wardrobes flanking the bed can go a long way towards making up for it.