Making The Most Of A Small Space
When you’ve got a big house with a few tiny rooms that don’t seem practical, creatively approaching these spaces could yield some surprising outcomes. Additionally, if you’re in a tiny home and you’re looking to maximize what little space you have available, the same sort of tactics can prove useful. Following, we’ll examine solutions for either scenario.
1. Using Psychological Optimization Technique
Mirrors, tapestries, new wallpaper, ceiling art, windows, mirrors. All these things serve to stimulate the mind and make a space feel larger. When the eye has more to see, the brain has more to think about. Accordingly it sections off varying areas for consideration. A room with many interesting paintings feels large even if it’s tiny. Mirrors achieve the same effect through doubling light.
If you took a partition and used that to divide a room in half, then put mirrors on either side, each half would feel as large as the full room without adding any additional space. Also, you could put it to dual purpose. Hang the mirror on the partition in the middle. Put a couch under the mirror, and a TV on the far wall. The other half of the room can be a small office.
2. Specifically Staging The Room For Varying Purposes
If you’re in a larger home with a room that hasn’t been properly utilized yet, you might consider making it a sort of staging “canvas”. Do you make physical art? Put that in the center of the room, as a focal point. Or how about a miniature indoor arboretum? Potted plants, bonsai trees, vines, flowers—you can have a little greenhouse under the stairs if you like.
3. Finding Top-Tier, Complementary Cabinetry
The craftsmen at Best Online Cabinets make some of the nicest solid wood kitchen cabinets you can find. When you justify such cabinetry to your home in terms of style, that’s got a subconscious positive effect. It’s like bursting bubble wrap. There’s just something indefinably satisfying about interior accoutrements matching a home’s basic design.
Such tactics can serve to optimize a tiny room under the stairs, an unfinished basement, an unfinished attic, little restrooms, or even the pantry appended onto your kitchen. Even if you’ve got uniquely idiosyncratic space, RTA (Ready To Assemble) options may serve you precisely.
4. Using Renovations To Maximize Space
Property value increase often develops through some level of renovation. Imagine if you’ve got a little attic room atop the house with a window large enough to walk through on one end. You might add a DIY deck and a telescope; suddenly your home has an observatory that makes it list $10k higher than it would otherwise.
There are a lot of things you can do with renovation to maximize a little room. If you’ve got a tiny space with ceilings higher than ten feet, putting in a platform at the six foot mark can allow you to split the room in half vertically, doubling its utility. Children can thus have two full rooms for the price of one; put a ladder between them if you like, or little stairs.
Creative renovations can increase the utility of space, they may decrease list value though. Or, that may not be an issue. It depends what you have and what you’re going for. Utility can be more worthwhile than property value enhancement in a tiny home scenario. At that point, you’ve already saved money on property, and may even have a mobile unit.
5. Facilitating Multi-Purpose Design
A room doesn’t have to remain limited by only one purpose. Maybe a bedroom doubles as an office owing to a bed that folds into a wall. Maybe a kitchen doubles as a shower when you close a few doors and let down the curtain. Think about ways you can put your room to multiple uses, and then the beauty transpiring comes from such elegant utility.
Making What You Have With What’s Available
Whether you’re facilitating multi-purpose design, staging art or foliage, adding new features which make a room more usable, or using psychological techniques to maximize how a room can be used, there are lots of things tiny rooms can do for you. Let your imagination run wild, and see what it comes up with.