Whether you grew up sharing a room with a sibling, experienced a tight college dorm room, or lived in a fabulous (yet tiny) apartment, you probably know that organizing a small space can sometimes be downright frustrating. However, thanks to the genius of the Internet, designers are beginning to release their secrets for making a small space not only livable, but comfortable. We compiled a few tips and tricks that will help make your small space feel bigger and more organized.
Build from the ground up. If you don’t have a ton of space, but lots of ‘things,’ think up…not out. Add a bank of tall shelves or even an extra bookcase to organize your stuff. Put your items on display and make them part of your home décor.
Hang your drapes high. Professional designers will hang floor length drapes as tall as the crown molding near the ceiling to make the room appear longer. It seems intuitive to only have your curtains hang the length of the window, but that will actually make your space, and the window, seem much smaller.
Think multi-use furniture. The possibilities are endless with furniture today. Many beds also double as drawers and shelves, which are tucked not only under the bed, but in the headboard as well. Think outside the box when purchasing furniture for a small room, how many purposes can your desk, bed, or side table hold?
The more double-duty finds, the better! Mirrors have you seeing double, literally. Hanging a large, yet not chunky, mirror can help double the space of a small room. Not enough wall space in say, a tiny kitchen? Think small! Mirrored backsplash is a great (and incredibly trendy) option.
Utilize the dead space under your stairway. There is so much potential underneath the stairs! While most people use the space as messy storage or leave it completely empty, designers are starting to really utilize the space. Open up the wall and put in drawers, a bookcase, or more shelving. Incorporate baskets from somewhere like The Container Store.
Don’t be afraid of color. You can do a fun color in a small space, just try to stick to a generally neutral tone of said color. Keeping the colors in the same family throughout the house will also make each room feel less choppy.
Laundry room woes? Install an expandable dryer rack on the wall. This saves so much space whether you have a laundry closet, or an entire laundry room. Placing shelves with laundry supplies above or next to your washer and dryer also adheres to our building from the ground up advice.