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3 Tips For Maximizing Space In Small Rooms

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Small rooms do not need to restrict your ability to use and enjoy the areas. With the right techniques, you can make small spaces fully functional while still have an open feeling. The trend towards mini or micro homes is providing many new solutions for comfortable living in smaller spaces.

Multi-purpose Furniture

To get the most out of your room, choose furniture pieces that do more than just one job. Futons are a great example of comfortable seating that can double as a bed for an overnight guest. Recliners can provide relaxing seating while in use and take up less space than adding footstools for comfort. If you want a footstool, choose an ottoman that offers storage.

Use end tables that offer more than just top storage. Choose tables that provide at least one bottom shelf or get the most space with a dresser style. You may want to avoid a coffee table in a small living room for maximum floor space. However, if you really want one, choose a style that provides storage with shelving underneath. You can also select a trunk style for storing items you do not use frequently.

Corners are often ignored and in small rooms, you need to use every inch of space. Corner desks, hutches, built-in alcoves or sofa groups are the perfect solution to make use of this frequently wasted area.

Go up

Small rooms do not always allow the space you need for everything you want in your room. Think about the vertical area you have and make the most of it. Instead of a table with a lamp, use wall or ceiling mounted light fixtures. Try elegant track lighting styles to focus light exactly where it is needed.

For a truly custom home look, have a bookshelf built-in to a wall.  You can use the entire wall or just a section of it. The shelving does not need to be deep, taking up precious floor space; it just needs to be functional. You can take this a step further by building bookshelves above a sofa or entertainment center.

Use high-mounted shelving for plants and art objects. Higher shelves are a perfect choice for keeping art out of the way to avoid accidental bumping. Plants can also be hung from ceiling hooks, freeing up table and floor space.

Tips for Small Bedrooms

You may not want to give up the comfort of a traditional bed, but you can still get the sleep benefits of a quality mattress without using all of your floor area. Murphy beds have come a long way over the years and offer additional features. Some styles even include foldout desks that can be used when the bed is in the upright position.

Consider a Captain-style bed frame. Captain beds give you drawer storage under the bed that is easy to access. While using under bed storage will always save you some space, the built-in features keep your items cleaner.

Another custom home touch is using a closet organizing system. The more organized the closet, the more you can store. This may help you eliminate an extra dresser, giving more floor area to your bedroom. To truly keep any small room functional, do eliminate excess clutter. Make use of all your available storage. With fewer items, the area will look roomier.

Source:  http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/inspiring-small-spaces/pictures/index.html

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com