Want an upgrade from your extra small home but don’t want to move to somewhere new? Here are 3 simple hacks to make your extra small home feel bigger:
- Optimizing the layout of the house
- Using multifunctional furniture
- Using the outside space
Optimizing the Layout of the House
If you are an owner of an extra small home, either by necessity or your own choice, the first thing you need to take care of is a smart layout. Of course, it is better to entrust the replanning of your house to the professionals. However, if you want to do it yourself, here are tips for creating an ergonomic design.
Tip: It might be useful to study the designs of caravans and boats to pick up some good ideas.
1. Less Walls
The general rule for all tiny homes is the fewer walls the better.
Thus, instead of having several micro rooms it is better to have one that is multipurpose. There are lots of ways to divide the space into different areas. For example, use room dividers of different textures, colors, and structures.
At the end of the day, if you still want some walls in your house let them be glass walls. They help to create different areas without visually dividing the room and making the tiny space even tinier. You can also consider using sliding doors instead of the traditional doors, which not only saves space but gives the feeling of spaciousness.
Tip: try to use semi-opaque materials to let the light into the rooms without windows.
2. Under Stair Storage
If your apartment has stairs, use the area under it as a storage space. This can be drawers for keeping the shoes or a fully-fledged wardrobe with lots of shelves and lockers.
3. Additional Loft
If you have a high ceiling, make sure to take advantage of this feature as well. You can add additional lofts to make use of your space more efficiently. For example, an additional loft used for providing an additional sleeping area, or a cozy nook that provides you a space for relaxing.
4. Kitchen Storages
There is often a lot of kitchen tools you need to keep close at hand in the kitchen. However, if there is not enough room in your extra small house, try looking around and use your creativity. There are lots of unused nooks, which is a real waste of space in the extra small house. There is even an advantage in having a small kitchen – you can reach everything you need without leaving the spot.
To keep your things you can use open storages. It is convenient and also makes you keep control of clutter. You can use simple boxes to arrange your stuff. To make it more personalized and cozy, you can decorate the boxes with different colors.
Tip: you can also add labels to your boxes in order to help you find different kitchen tools easier.
Your extra small apartment is likely to be one room with several different areas, it would be wise to use color and textures for zoning. The general rule is: the light colors create the feeling of spaciousness and dark colors provide intimacy and coziness. You can go through our small house interior design ideas, that will help you to decide a better one for your apartment. How to apply this to your apartment is up to you.
Using Multifunctional Furniture
Nowadays there are lots of furniture solutions for extra small homes. Their main advantage is in the multi-functionality. You should choose the furniture in accordance with your particular house and your specific needs. Here are some examples and ideas to inspire you.
1. Sofa and Bunkbed
This sofa transforming into a bunk bed is an ideal solution if you have children and want to save some space in your apartment.
2. Sofa and Table
This sofa can be transformed into a nice coffee table. And low-sitting furniture creates the feeling of higher ceilings in the house.
3. Fold-Down Table
This table can be unfolded when needed. The rest of the time it is just a painting on the wall.
Actually, there are different options for this piece of furniture. It can be either a painting, a mirror, or there can be a small cabinet inside.
4. Stacked Chairs and Table
This is a perfect solution for the garden or porch design.
5. Window Blinds and a Rack
Such thing in the bathroom will provide you with an additional place for putting your linen out to dry.
6. Ironing Board and Mirror
This is an extremely convenient solution for every fashionable woman.
7. Storage, Stepladder, and Seat
This original solution combines a storage space, a step ladder (in an extra small house there are always nooks difficult to reach) and an additional sitting place.
8. Wall Bed and Fold-Down Desk
You don’t need the working place when you are sleeping and you don’t need the bed when you are awake. This convertible piece of furniture can serve both purposes but one at a time.
9. Dining Set inside Bookcase
This is a real space saver. It is a highly functional modular piece of furniture that can be used even in extra small apartments.
10. Chairs Fitting into Dining Table
The chairs usually take a lot of space. However, this dining set fits together to save space.
Using the Outdoor Space
As you don’t have enough space inside the house, use the outside space to the maximum. For example, if you have a backyard you can put a dining table and a couple of lounge chairs. This can become your summer residence during the warm part of the year. If you are not lucky to have a backyard there is always an option of wrap-around porch. This will add some extra square feet to your living space and will provide you with a nice lounge place. If this is not a house but an apartment you can use the balcony for the same purpose. Just a small coffee table and a couple of chairs and here are a place to rest in the evening. And having breakfast in the open air will energize you and set a positive mood for the whole day.
As you see, living in a tiny house requires a combination of critical thinking and lots of creativity to design a small house. Irrespective of the space you have available to you, you can still live a comfortable life without restraining yourself. You don’t even need to reinvent the wheel. There are already plenty of solutions just for the extra small homes. To find out more about different design tips, feel free to contact us or comment below.