From simple room dividers to various storage solutions, you can make the most out of small spaces in your home with these clever interior design tricks and trends. Proper utilization of small spaces can transform your home and add more function that will make it feel bigger.
Add a “Cloffice” Space
Aclofficeis a closet or any other space that’s been turned into an office. It’s perfect for apartments (or condominium units on sale if you’re eyeing one). This way, you can utilize empty corners for working or studying from home. It’s a functional way of keeping things compact to maximize your space and add value to your home.
The basic setup of aclofficerequires storage, a desktop surface, and a chair that can fit in a bedroom or hallway closet. You don’t need a large walk-in closet to achieve this setup, and you can keep your home looking neat by simply closing the closet doors to conceal the workstation.
You can either push a desk against the closet wall or mount plywood to the wall to create a DIY floating desk. Make sure to screw it into wall studs for support, and the desk height should be between 28 and30 inches. Next, add comfortable seating such as a rolling swivel chair or an upholstered stool that can easily slide in the closet or under the desk when not in use.
For storage solutions, you can add boxes, baskets, or floating shelves to organize office supplies, paperwork, and other essentials. Place a set of drawers underneath for easy storage or install custom-fit, built-in cabinetry for a permanent storage option.
Good lighting is an essential part of your productive workspace, so install light fixtures like wall-mounted sconces or battery-operated puck lights to brighten up your dim space. To make a bolder statement, you can add a pendant fixture or an ornate chandelier.
Place Functional Dividers
Functional room dividers can break up your space and double as storage and decor. Curtains, bookcases, or folding partitions can provide extra privacy, change the layout of the room, maximize storage space, or change the scenery. Here are some divider ideas to make your area feel bigger:
- Sheer Room Dividers:Your divider should not close off a space, especially for smaller rooms. Add a fringe curtain, sheer drapes, a glass divider with a muted color, or a slatted screen to avoid making your space feel claustrophobic. They’re an excellent way to separate rooms with style and no bulky looks.
- Storage Room Dividers:DIY shelving units like wooden shelves and glass storage units are practical ways to divide your room and organize the spaces. You can add a simple shelving unit that provides storage and subtly separates areas or a large, ceiling-to-floor shelf for added style and functionality.
- Accent Room Dividers:A room divider that doubles as a decorative accent can turn your space into a full art scene. Various textures, materials, patterns, and colors can make your home catchier and bolder, so choose eye-catching pieces such as a stylish wooden screen, bright curtains, or a wood and gilded metal divider.
Consider Live Plants
Live greenery is a great way to add vibrancy to smaller spaces. If you don’t have many available spots, you can hang them from the ceiling, place some on vertical shelving units, or display them on wall-mounted planters. An indoor trellis is also perfect to have a philodendron to climb on, and it can also serve as a beautiful room divider.
Since mirrors bounce light from one wall to another, adding a full-length mirror in the hallway or bedroom can give the illusion of extra space. Small or medium-sized mirrors also add reflective beauty to any room, so placing a beautiful plant close to a mirror can make it look like there are two plants from certain angles.
To create depthin an interesting way, try placing a mirror on the back of your shelves. It can make it look like there’s more room and add an interesting accent to your home.
Utilize Unused Spaces
Empty spaces are a great way to add a functional”mini room.”For instance, the area under the stairs can be turned into shoe storage or small office space. You can also add floating shelves above the couch or bed or use a recessed wall as a place to showcase vibrant plants or beautiful art pieces.
Depending on the size, any nook is an excellent opportunity to be creative and convert as a space for various purposes.
It can feel challenging to transform a small space into something useful, but you can turn it into a beautiful and functional area of the house. A smart design can be achieved by breaking some rules to make it work and have a space that’s functional and appealing at the same time.