In recent months many of us have had to adapt and adjust our homes to make room for a home office. Dining rooms and spare bedrooms have been interrupted with cables and monitors and this could be a much more permanent way of working and living. We’ve explored the best hacks to make your rooms effortlessly double duty from spaces for home offices to more extravagant ways of using rooms in your home.
- Room dividers
The simplest way to create additional space in your home is by using furniture and furnishings to divide the room up into separate areas. More permanent ways to do this is by using a cabinet or unit that you can use for storage and split up a room. This would work for a living room or dining room to create a snug, home office or you could fill the units with books and have your very own reading nook. If you need something more temporary, then curtains and voiles are a great option to be able to section off parts of your room that can be taken down as and when needed.
- Foldable and moveable furniture
Another easy way to transform the use of a room is by having furniture that folds away or can easily move around to create more space. Tables or desks that are attached to the wall that can fold down to sit flush with the wall gives you space when not in use but is quick and convenient to use when needed. Beds that can fold up against the wall is a fantastic space-saving technique for rooms that have more extreme needs for double duty such as a living room that is also a bedroom. For other purposes such as making space for a workout or entertaining, castors for furniture work extremely well as they allow you to push furniture against the walls in the room easily and quickly to give flexible room layouts.
- Unused spaces
As well as making a room you use all the time double duty, you could also consider some more unusual and unused spaces in your home. Cupboards under the stairs are often full of junk and can easily be repurposed to create more space in your home. Places for pets to sleep, home offices, gaming rooms and laundry storage are just some of the ideas for these types of spaces.
A little more extreme than transforming unused spaces, an alternative is to carry out renovation work on your home to repurpose spaces. Many people choose to do this with their garages as many are too small to fit in a car and end up being half-filled for storage of miscellaneous items. You could contract a builder to convert a garage into another room such as a playroom, gym or second sitting room. If you want to create more space but with less investment, a garden room or outdoor office are also ways that you can make the most of your space.