The ever-escalating realty costs have given rise to the trend of smaller apartments, thereby increasing the importance of space management! In this article, we share some useful tips to make the optimum use of your available living space.
Multi-level beds / foldable beds / sofa-cum-beds:
Since beds are usually used during nights only, you can save on the space utilized by them during day time. For example, to effectively manage space in a children’s room, you can opt for bunker-beds or have a bed that can be rolled under another bed, when not in use. If you are single person living in a studio apartment, you can opt for a foldable bed. A sofa-cum-bed in the living area is another popular choice for people short on space.
If you have a staircase in your home, consider constructing drawers under each step. This storage space can be very useful for keeping shoes, books, and other small items.
Under stairway cabinet:
A cabinet under a stairway is another common, but effective way to create some extra storage space. Brooms and other cleaning gear can be neatly placed away in the cabinet under stairway.
Sliding / foldable tables:
You can also opt for a foldable dining table or study table for kids. Or one that slides into a cabinet in the kitchen or into a TV unit in the living room. That way, when the table is not in use, it can be stashed away somewhere, resulting in a lot of extra space.
To make optimal use of space, corner cabinets are another highly popular choice. They are usually designed to provide easy access to the contents of the cabinet. Corner cabinets are particularly popular in kitchens and bathrooms.
Use the ceiling for storage:
One method to utilize the ceiling for storage is to build false ceilings with trap doors that create access to space. Here, all things, which are rarely used, such as suitcases and winter clothing, can be stashed away.The ceiling can also be used for storage by installing hanging shelves. These can be used for storing plastic containers and other similar household items.Kitchens and pantry areas are apt locations for hanging shelves.
Cabinets inside walls:
Small utility cabinets can be built inside walls to save space. This cabinets are particularly useful in bathrooms.
The area under a bed can hold a lot of material. Consider designing some neat storage drawers under your bed, which will provide ample storage space without any impact on the look and style of your bedroom.
The first step in space management is to take stock of all the things that are absolutely essential for your existence. For example, if you are a family of 6, you need 6 chairs around the dining table anyhow. However, you can always replace bulky dining chairs with compact ones.
Next, you move on to items that you need, but not so frequently. You can stack these items under any of the storage items above.
Finally, you go on to items which you don’t need at all. If you haven’t used any household item during the past 6 months, chances are you are not likely to use it in the future. Accumulate all such items and either give them away to charity or dispose them of, if not reusable.
In summary, ‘have a place for everything, and keep everything in its place;’ this simple practice will give a big boost to your space management efforts!