So you’ve moved into a property – congratulations. This can be one of the most exciting times of your life and it’s a huge step to take. After a few months, however, many people start to find that they’re running out of space. This is particularly true for those who work from home, as the space within the property has to double up as an office as well.
Fortunately, there are a few tricks that you can keep up your sleeve for when this happens to you. They’re quick, easy, and definitely cheaper than buying a bigger property. Read on to find out more.
1) Open up your communal areas
You’d be surprised at how cluttered a room in your home can get, especially when it’s one where everyone gathers on a regular basis! This can mean your living room, but more often than not, it means your kitchen.
You can maximise the available space within these areas by making the most of hidden storage. For example, a busy sitting room can easily be opened up by adding in an ottoman – this will double as a seat for guests, as well as a storage area for any books, magazines, and video games.
2) Consider a garage conversion
If you’ve got a garage, the likelihood is that it’s not being used for car storage. It’s much more likely to be full of stuff that’s been banished from the mainstream storage areas within your house.
If you’re in desperate need of opening up your living spaces, it might be time to get a little ruthless with your spring cleaning. Throw out or sell any unnecessary items and think about getting a garage conversion. With the right structural engineer and interior designer, you’ll be able to turn your garage into a multifunctional space that the whole family can enjoy.
3) Think about a loft conversion
In the same light as a garage conversion, a loft conversion can be a great way to add extra room to your property. If you’re not making the most of your loft storage space, it’s going to waste.
It’s definitely something to look at as a long-term investment, but a loft conversion will give you that added breathing room that your property needs.
4) Give the impression of space
Contrary to popular belief, creating space inside your house actually starts from the outside. By placing a focus on your property’s landscape gardening and mowing your lawn regularly, you’ll give the illusion of a clean, open, and tidy property on the inside too.
5) Tidy your entrance hall
Your home’s entrance hall is the first thing that your visitors see when they step food inside. For the sake of first impressions, keep it as clean and tidy as possible. You’ll be amazed by the amount of space you can free up by replacing a shoe rack with a bench.
Not only will you still be able to store shoes underneath, if you have little ones it’ll give them a place to keep their school bags. Add coat pegs above to make maximum use of the space.