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Small Space Living

tips-for-living-in-small-spacesThe smaller the space, the more daunting the decorating process. It true, individuals with large homes have the task of filling every room. However, when you live in a small space, you’re forced to face the struggle of hand-selecting each item within your home since you only have room for the necessities. Plus, on top of hand-selecting the necessities, you also face the challenge of elongating your small space, so that it appears larger than meets the eye.

When taking it on alone, these tasks are typically viewed as nearly impossible. However, with us on your side, styling a tight space becomes much less intimidating. This is especially true when you’re armed with these eight simple tips for living in a small space:
  1. Make use of windows
  2. Remove all doors
  3. Say no to overnight guests
  4. Embrace extra storage
  5. Install mirrors
  6. Go multifunctional
  7. Add a loft
  8. Stay minimalistic
Trust us, although small, these living tips will make a big difference.

1. Make use of windows


If you have a small space or a closed off room, one of the best ways to make the area feel larger is to open it up with an interior or exterior window. Exterior windows provide the space with natural light. Whereas interior windows help divide designated areas, without closing off spaces entirely.

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Both interior and exterior windows will help transform your small space into an area that feels elongated, naturally lit, and spacious.

2. Remove all doors


Another way to make use of your small space is to remove interior doors. When closed, doors look neat and stylish. However, when opened, doors can take up a lot of space. For example, when you have a door within an interior room, you can’t have any decorative pieces a few feet around where the door will open.

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To combat this issue, we recommend removing interior doors that take up too much space. Instead, we suggest replacing them with light-weight curtains or sliding doors. These recommendations let you maximize the space within your home, without sacrificing the look of the room, as curtains and sliding doors are both modern and stylish.

3. Say no to overnight guests


This next suggestion we have is more of living tip rather than a design tip, as we’re recommending giving yourself permission to say no to overnight guests. Many times, we find that small space homeowners panic about dealing with overnight guests. Because of this, they’ll design a guest room in place of an area that they’d use more often, such as an in-home office or an entertaining space.

If installing a guest room means that you must sacrifice a space that you’d use on the daily basis, we’d say that it is not worth it. Don’t feel like you need to accommodate for visitors. In our opinion, it’s okay to say no to overnight guests if you feel there are more benefits that come with saying no.

4. Embrace extra storage


Another suggestion for making the most of your small space is to embrace every opportunity for storage. Depending on the size of your home or apartment, you may not have room to include full storage shelves or a storage closet. So instead, try storing your items under your couch, bed, stairs, or any other furniture piece that allows enough space to do so.

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In addition, we recommend getting creative with where you store your things. This can include ceiling shelves, corners of walls, and even loft style shelving. With this tip, feel free to get as creative as possible to make your space work for you.

5. Install mirrors


If you find that your space feels claustrophobic and stuffy, we recommend installing a mirror or several mirrors throughout your home. Mirrors create the illusion that an area is larger than it really is, giving you the opportunity to amplify the space within your home.

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When it comes time to select the size and style of mirror, follow this rule of thumb: the smaller the space, the bigger the mirror. Larger mirrors create the illusion of a larger space, and this is why we always say, when it comes to mirrors, you can never go too big.

6. Go multifunctional


When selecting design elements for your small space, we also suggest considering pieces that can be used in multiple ways. For example, select a table for behind your couch that can also be used as a place to gather and eat. Or, choose a nightstand that you can use as a bar cart in the future.

Selecting design elements that have multiple functionalities helps to minimize the amount of items you have in your space.

7. Add a loft


If you find that your home is becoming cluttered, we recommend installing a loft. Lofts have been becoming increasingly popular for smaller homes, and with good reason. Lofts are a practical and aesthetically pleasing way to create extra space for lounging, entertaining, or storing seasonal items.

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Another great perk to lofts is that you can install them anywhere. For example, you can add a loft to your kitchen for shelving, bedroom for lounging, or garage for storage. Regardless of where you place your loft, this design element will help to maximize the space within your home.

8. Stay minimalistic


Finally, the last suggestion we have for living in a small space is to stay minimalistic with your designs. Although it sounds simple, this tip may be a hard one to implement, as most homeowners have an abundance of items they want to keep within their home.

However, if you choose to live in a smaller space, it’s absolutely crucial to consolidate your items to only what you need. To help you stick to this rule, set some boundaries for yourself. For instance, don’t allow yourself to go shopping until you’ve defined exactly what you do and don’t need. This will help limit your purchases down to only the necessities.

Benefits of living in a small space


These eight simple tips will help you live a happy, organized, and spacious life within any small space. However, if you’re still left questioning, “What’s the point of living in a small space?” this section should help.

There are many benefits that come with living in a small space, including:
  • Saving money: The smaller the place, the cheaper the utilities. Also, smaller furnishings tend to be more affordable.
  • Creating an intimate space: A smaller home creates the dynamic of a more intimate space for you and your guests to gather and enjoy.
  • Maintaining a minimalistic lifestyle: When you live in a smaller area, you’re forced to consolidate your items, which provides a space free of knick-knacks and unnecessary items.
  • Staying on trend: Recently, downsizing to a smaller living space has been an upcoming, popular trend.
If you’re ready to enjoy the simple, condensed life of living in a smaller home, give us a call. At Imperial Wholesale, we’ll help you design and remodel your space so that it works for you.