How to make a small home feel bigger is one of the key elements first home buyers and renters often face. When funds are not available or you can’t take out walls, what options do you have?
As cosy as a small home can be, there will be times when it feels cramped and uncomfortable. If you can’t afford to upsize to a bigger property, try a few of these tricks to make your current home feel bigger?
The following eight tips will show you how to make a small home feel bigger, from super-budget ideas to something more permanent.
How to make a small home feel bigger #1 Declutter
Clutter will take up valuable space in your home and making it feel smaller than it really is. If there are items in your home that you don’t need, consider donating them or re-purposing them.
Rather than simply getting rid of a couple mantelpiece ornaments, consider that treadmill that you never use gathering dust in the corner. Getting rid of those smaller sources of clutter could also help to make your home feel tidier and more spacious. You can sell, donate or get rid of useless ‘stuff’.
Relocating items to make better use of space is something many people don’t think to do. For example, you may be able to get rid of an entire shelving unit of books by selling/donating the books you don’t want. Keep the rest in smaller storage area.
#2 Build an extension
The most obvious way to create more space is to extend your home. These types of house renovations are only possible if you own the property and they can cost a fair amount of money. However for those with the capability and funds it could be the perfect way to make your home physically bigger.
It’s possible to extend the front of your home or the back of your home. You can even build upwards (raising the roof) or downwards (building a basement), providing that it’s practical.
You should always seek planning permission before getting an extension. You may want to check that your neighbours are happy with your plans if your extension is likely to block out sunlight to their home or invade on their privacy. Consult a local interior designer to help you design a beautiful space that suits your needs AND doesn’t alienate the neighbours.
Extensions can be costly, but they could potentially add value to your home making them a worthy investment.
#3 Knock down interior walls
Rather than having lots of small closed-off rooms, opt for an open plan layout. This will give you more room to move around thus making your home feel bigger. Delineate spaces with the use of rugs, plants and furniture positioning.
The disadvantage of removing walls could be that you lose space for shelves and other items that need to be propped against a wall, so bear this in mind.
Removing interior walls can be a messy job and is best left in the hands of professionals, especially if it involves relocating pipes and electrics. When it comes to load-bearing walls, opt for a cutaway instead opening up two rooms whilst maintaining the structural integrity of your home.
# 4 Use less floor space and more vertical space
A room will feel smaller if you have less floor space. Consider ways of using vertical space instead of floor space. For example, rather than having a sideboard that protrudes into the room, consider opting for shelves instead.
Similarly, you could consider mounting your TV on a wall rather than using up floor space with a TV stand. Sometimes even having visible floor space that you can’t use can give the impression that a room is spacious – by opting for a sofa on legs as opposed to a regular sofa it could create more visible floor space and make your home feel bigger.
#5 Choose space-saving furniture
It’s worth considering your furniture choices as certain furniture will take up less space. If you don’t have many guests coming round and don’t live with too many other people, you may not need a large corner sofa and could settle for a smaller couch.
It’s worth also looking into multi-purpose furniture as a way of potentially saving space. For example, rather than buying a separate storage unit and sofa, you could consider looking into sofas with in-built storage.
A sofa bed meanwhile could be a useful alternative to having a guest bedroom if you don’t have much space in your home. Certain furniture may also be able to fold away, allowing you the option of extra space if you need it.
For example, there are dining tables and chairs that are collapsible, allowing you to fit them in a cupboard when not in use. Some bedsits even contain foldaway beds as a way of freeing up space.
#6 Add more windows
Windows can provide a connection to the outside world, helping to give a room more depth and openness. Consider if there are any rooms in your home that could benefit from having extra windows installed.
Enlarging an existing window could be another possibility to consider, helping to maximise the view of outdoors. Installing windows can be an expensive and intricate job and one that you probably want a professional to carry out.
Skylights and glass doors could be other ways to provide a connection to the outside world.
#7 Make use of mirrors
Mirrors may not physically create extra space in your home, but they could create the illusion of extra space. A large mirror can reflect the room and make it feel twice as big.
This is a common way of making a poky bathroom feel more spacious, especially given that mirrors are usually needed in these rooms. Consider adding a mirrored wardrobe/cabinet or installing a mirror on the back of a door if you don’t have the wall space.
On top of this, try placing a mirror opposite a window to create the illusion of an extra window and to reflect more natural light.
#8 Add depth with artwork
You can also use artwork to make a room feel bigger. Landscape art can create the illusion of a window giving a sense of depth. This could something worth placing on an empty wall that doesn’t contain a window such as an interior wall.
Larger artwork is likely to have more of an impact. You may also be able to use wallpaper in a similar fashion.