Having a small space is becoming more common. It makes sense, with 7 billion people on the planet, that we might start thinking about taking up a little less space. Living in the city usually means less square footage, but so can living in a small house. Despite a lack of room, there are still plenty of ways to maximize your space. Here are a few ways!
If you have stairs in your house, you probably have some un-utilized space. You have a few options here, depending on how your home is set up. One of the options is to turn it into a closet. This can be a good option if your stairs are near the door and you want a new closet or if you’d like to turn it into a little reading nook.
You can also turn it into a small workspace, or install shelves or drawers the whole way up. If your stairs are already open, you can even install hangers and hang bicycles from them! Either way, it can become a great place to work, relax or store shoes, coats, and anything else you can think of!
3-Moods Convertible Sofa
There are quite a few different convertible sofas out there, but this one is pretty cool. It turns into a sofa, of course, but with all the moveable parts it can also become a sectional or a loveseat with ottomans that can double as extra seating. Or you can flip one or both of the backs over and get a table. That’s a lot of options for a single item.
If you don’t have a room to offer guests who would really like it a bit of privacy, or if you just have a roommate who doesn’t really understand boundaries, this couch-fort combination might be for you. It’s basically a modern couch with a pretty awesome design, with the added benefit of a roll-down blanket. Whoever needs some privacy is welcome to it, whenever they decide it’s necessary. Of course, this is also an awesome place for kids to play, so don’t be surprised to find children there if they come visiting.
A small house can be hard to fit a workspace into, but there’s probably lots of room on your walls! This can actually even be a DIY project, where you fashion a small table to the wall to fold down into a desk.
Usually just something big enough for a laptop and some papers or a cup of coffee is plenty, and it gives you a new workstation. Table tops are usually pretty inexpensive, so this is also a pretty cheap project. If you want it to be as attractive up as it is down, just add a painting to the bottom of the table. That way when it’s up, it’s art, and when it’s down, it’s functional.
Doc Sofa Bunk Bed
If you’re like me, and probably the majority of the world, not much motivates me to clean like the impending arrival of guests. What’s great about this is that you don’t have to worry about tidying your guest room when guests are due to arrive in a few hours with a Doc Sofa Bunk Bed.
This is a great option for kid rooms or for emergency guests to stay in the family room, it essentially folds out without much effort. As a major added bonus, the bunk beds take up the same amount of floor space as the couch, so you don’t have to do any rearranging to get everyone ready for bed!
Nuovoliola Fold-Down Bed
Traditional Murphy beds are pretty cool, but there’s nothing you can really do with the space unless you rearrange the room every day. Nuovoliola has found a way to solve that! Now when the bed folds up into the wall, you’re left with a couch and a shelf. It’s an easy way to turn your bedroom into the living room with minimal effort.
Fusion Dining Room, Pool and Ping Pong Table
A pretty nifty idea, this is a classic dining room table. The only difference is, you can slide the top right off to reveal a pool table or slide another on to play ping pong. This is perfect for a home that doesn’t have much room for entertainment. What a conversation starter for your guests.
DHP Sutton Convertible Sectional Sofa
This is the convertible sectional for extra storage. Of course, it turns into a bed, which is excellent for overnight guests, but the sectional also lifts up to reveal a pretty large amount of storage space. This is perfect for extra pillows and blankets or an assortment of toys. It can also be an awesome hiding spot for playing hide and seek, but don’t tell the kids until after you win.
Living in a small space doesn’t have to be confining. All you need is a little bit of ingenuity, and you’ll find your home is as comfortable as it is small.
Written by Megan Wild. Megan loves making the most out of a small space. She is currently in the midst of exploring the 600 square feet of her apartment and is cataloging her thoughts and ideas on her blog, Your Wild Home. Also, follow her on twitter for more.