UK homes are some of the smallest in Europe, with newbuild homes in Britain less than half the size of newly built Danish houses. This means that lack of storage space is a big problem for many households. If you’re running out of storage fast, the good news is that there are things you can do to better utilise the space in your home and make the most of the space you do have.
Choose Innovative Designs
Well-designed pieces can make all the difference when it comes to maximising space. Invest in items which will work smarter and help you to overcome any space-related challenges you may face.
Innovative designs, such as furniture pieces that double as storage can make all the difference. Footstools, sofas and beds with compartments can be used for storing bedding, towels and blankets. In smaller bathrooms, installing a vertical radiator can make more room for your bathroom storage. In older homes that have awkwardly shaped nooks and crannies, bespoke storage solutions like built-in cupboards and shelving can make use of the space where standard furniture might not fit.
Utilise Existing Storage
Look at the extra space you may have in other areas in and around your home and see if these can be used to your advantage. For example, if you have a garage, consider using this area to store bulky items like bicycles and sports equipment. Lots of homes have a space under the stairs, which can be used for additional storage or converted into a cloakroom or downstairs toilet.
If your home has a cellar or attic, ensure you’re making the most of this extra space too. Increasing numbers of people are turning to external storage units as a solution for their storage needs. However, if you have more stuff than you can feasibly fit in your home, you should first consider having your basement or loft space converted to meet your storage needs. Not only could this work out cheaper in the long run than renting out a storage unit, but it could also add to the value of your home if you were ever to put it on the market in the future. Reclaiming unused space around your home can help you make the most of what you already have.
Make the Space Lighter
If you’re struggling to make extra space in your house and hate the cluttered feel, making your home lighter and brighter will help to create the illusion of space, even when there isn’t much. Using white or light-coloured paints and wall coverings that reflect light makes rooms and storage spaces seem bigger than they are. You can also add additional light sources to spaces, either artificially or by adding in extra windows and using mirrors to create a light, airy feeling in small spaces.