Thinking of ways to modernise your property for a new year and decade, and maximise the available space that you’ve got? Well, for those wanting to update their home or apartment this winter, and looking for some inspiration on where to get started, here are some different space-saving techniques and ideas that you might want to consider.
An extremely important factor to think about in maximising floorspace within your property, and making sure that you have the most room possible, is the furniture that you choose. If you want to modernise your home, you’ll want to think about keeping surfaces sleek and slotted in efficiently, or maybe even going for fitted cupboards and furniture altogether, so it isn’t floating and taking up unneeded room.
Compact, city apartments (especially studios that are typically inhabited by students moving away from home for university and only reliant on the necessities) typically sacrifice space in favour of their environment, and so they have to be a lot more conservative with what they have. Modular furniture with storage draws and cubby-holes in-built is popular here.
As new builds are constantly popping up dotted around the city, these efficient solutions are installed from the start, so that tenants can move in right away and start making the most of their space – and more importantly, the surrounding city. RWinvest, a property investment company that specialise in these sorts of properties throughout cities in the UK (e.g. Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds), are one of the many to work with investors directly in order to provide efficient furniture packs that completement the designed spaces to a tee.
Smart interior design
Similarly to how you want to make sure that any furniture that you have within your reduced-space apartment or flat is sleek and unobtrusive, so as not to get in the way of your day to day, you also want to make sure that any interior design and decoration decisions you’re making don’t conflict with this. In a modern apartment building, for example, where every modicum of space counts, overly large pillows and too-plush carpets are prime offenders, and the chosen colours need to be light and inviting, so as to give the give the room that added illusion of space; dark colours don’t reflect light as much, and so often look dingy and small. Mirrors are also a good choice here, again allowing natural light to fill as much of the space as possible.
Thinking about ways to make an apartment self-sufficient and automated might not directly sound like something that will add floor space or more room to an area, but the possible benefits are very much in the same wheelhouse. A large part of the benefit of having a minimalist, clean space is that it has been proven to increase the ability to relax and also productivity for those wanting to work in their downtime. Investing in some smart technology, such as voice assistants and smart heating/security systems gives you less spinning plates to worry about, and less wires in the setup process too.
Top Tip – Want to shift up the vibe/mood of your home, but don’t have the wherewithal to shift your furniture around? Smart lighting, controllable directly through an app on your smartphone, can alter lighting straight away on command, perfect for when entertaining friends, winding down and focusing of an evening, or even when you need a wake up call in the morning.
This one is a bit of a no brainer, but it’s an important thing to keep in mind when keeping your home or apartment space clear. Purging your home of the unnecessary can be a therapeutic process, and it will have it looking more minimalist and less noisy straight away.
Remember, clutter will often build up over time, and if you’ve been living in your home for quite a while, you’ll probably have a bunch of stuff that you don’t need accumulating. You should try to remember to make a regular schedule of tidying, clearing surfaces, and getting rid of the unnecessary/clutter – maybe even selling it to make some extra money on the side.
Top Tip – Find yourself struggling to keep your worksurfaces clear, with different appliances and tools taking up space? Try storing things away that you don’t’ use on a daily basis. A lot of the time you’ll find that you have a certain tool or cumbersome appliance on the kitchen countertop all the time, and in reality, you only use it once or twice every few months, so store in where it won’t get in the way.
Converting your loft/garage
Obviously, this one will only apply to you if you have an available loft/garage in your property, but converting them into something productive – or even making the most of the storage that they can afford – can be a great way of actually using the space to its full potential, rather than just throwing things in there and leaving it looking all cluttered. If you’ve got gym equipment that’s taking up space in your home, for example, you might decide to convert your garage into a place where you do workouts at your leisure, getting that kit out of the way in the process.
Top Tip – As a general rule of thumb, allocating specific rooms within your home to specific themes or functions will again not only help you to stay productive, but it will also help to keep those rooms tidy and as they should be.
Other quick tips
Still looking for more quick and easy steps to make the most of the room in your home? Here are some other ideas to think about:
- Wall beds (sometimes referred to as Murphy beds) can be a great way of transforming a tight space, and making the most out of it during the day. Folding up when not in use, they free up a ton of floor space for other activities. Other efficient bed types come in an ottoman style and fold up for more storage, or maybe have drawn on either sides again to store stuff in.
- You might have guessed this step from the above section on smart interior design, but try to let in as much natural light as possible. This might include going so far as to shift the layout of a room and the position of the furniture around any available windows that you might have.
- In studios or similar apartments that don’t have a lot of space to work with, room dividers can sometimes be a good way of segmenting your property into different areas, perhaps for work, leisure and rest. These can sometimes be an innovative workaround if you need to concentrate and want to carve out your own desk space when there wasn’t one there before.
- Making use of the wall space in the kitchen is another quick and easy step that might free up some countertop space, if that’s something you’re struggling with. You can hang utensils or certain pots/pans from hooks attached around the wall, making them easily accessible also.