If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, you might still find it’s too small for you to pursue your most ambitious plans. If you’ve dreamed of a plush guest suite, a home gym or a man cave outfitted with all the latest gadgets and games consoles, you might find yourself due for a rude awakening when the only space you have spare is a box room that could fit a single bed at most.
You might be surprised at what you can achieve if you work within your limitations and do what you can to maximise the small space. Today we’ve got some tips to get you started on making the most of that small spare room.
Clear the Clutter
If you only have a small spare room and you want to make use of it, whether it’s as an office, a guest room or something more esoteric, you can’t afford to use it for storage as well. Every square inch you fill with clutter restricts what you have available for your primary purpose, and it will be extremely obvious in a small space. If you’re trying to work in your home office you’ll lose productivity if you’re feeling claustrophobic and hemmed in by boxes.
Start with a drastic clear out. If you need to store things that you can’t get rid of immediately, or don’t want to part with long term, companies like byStored don’t just keep your possessions safe, they also collect them so you don’t have to worry about hiring a van to get them to the storage facility!
Use the Right Colours
A small space is easily overpowered with bright colours and patterns: keeping things simple will help the room feel bigger and less oppressive.
If it’s lit well by natural light – and in a small room even a single window could provide enoug, you can capitalise on this with very light colours, even white! This again, gives more of a sense of space.
If the room doesn’t have much natural light, white will always look a little grubby and grey, so counteract this by taking a bolder tack and choosing something more highly coloured.
You need to maximise the use of space in a small room. Making sure you go from floor to ceiling as well the length of the walls horizontally is important to get the best use from the room. Whether that’s installing a bed with built in storage and desk space, or installing a large mirror high on the wall to reflect light from a window, look up when you’re furnishing to find more ideas!
*This is a collaborative post.