Cosy doesn’t have to mean cramped. These genius storage hacks will instantly make small rooms feel more spacious and maximise space in your home.
There are many different considerations involved in choosing a home. It needs to suit your lifestyle, fit your budget and be within proximity to everything you need. Sometimes, this means settling on a place that’s on the smaller side than is ideal — especially if you live in a capital city like Sydney and Melbourne.
The good news is, cosy doesn’t have to mean cramped. By being smart with your storage, you can free up space in even the smallest living areas. Not only does this create the illusion of a bigger home, but it will instantly feel tidier, cleaner and less-cluttered.
Read on for 10 clever storage tips to maximise the space in your home.
When it comes to furnishing a small space, multitasking is key to maximise the space in your home. Ideally, you want every storage solution in your home to serve double duty. This could be buying a bed with a headboard that moonlights as a bedside cabinet, or a TV cabinet or coffee table that also features hidden storage. Masters in innovative, multi-functional storage, you can find almost every combination of furniture at IKEA.
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Wondering how to maximise your closet space? After all, small spaces often come with even smaller closets! Hanging storage solutions will be your best friend. This could be mounting a rod to add another tier of storage to your wardrobe or investing in some hanging organisers to store your shoes. These allow you to elevate the items in your closet and make more room for the things you love.
This simple storage hack can go a long way. The fewer items you have on the floor of your home, the more spacious it’s going to look. Moving your TV off the ground and onto the wall can really open the space. Plus, it allows more natural light to flood in! Even if you don’t have a flat-screen, you can still buy mounted cabinets to put your TV in.
Kitchen pantries are often one of the most crowded places in the home. This can make it frustrating to find what you need while cooking. Luckily, there are some inexpensive storage solutions that will maximise the space in your home kitchen cupboard. Storage canisters and revolving spice racks can help your pantry staples labelled, neat and organised. Hanging storage mounted to the cupboard doors or elevated kitchen racks can also help you get more out of the space.
Have items in the home you don’t use on a daily basis, but are still handy to have? Convertible furniture can be a game-changer. For singles or couples, a small dining table could fold out to accommodate more guests. Sofa beds are also useful if you anticipate having guests infrequently — you can even find some that have extra, in-built storage. Or, if you only work-from-home every now and again, a fold-out desk could be a good option.
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The secret to finding more space inside the home can sometimes be found outside. Balconies and courtyards are often some of the most underutilised areas in the home. Some simple outdoors furniture can turn it a hub for dining and entertaining in the home. Don’t have room for a table and chairs? Balcony bars are like a ready-made bench you can affix to your railings, without having to drill anything (perfect for those who are renting!) You can also find waterproof, outdoor storages solutions for hiding away things like toys and exercise equipment.
If you live in a small space, it might sound counterproductive to try to create more rooms. But, diving spaces can be a great way to maximise bedroom space in studios or one-bedroom apartments. It can also help to create more separation or privacy between living, sleeping, and working spaces. Room divider panels work well for breaking up spaces, as do hanging curtains. Large, modular bookshelves can also make great space dividers and have the added benefit of extra storage.
Doors are an often overlooked storage solution — perhaps because it’s rare that we look at the back of them! Every door in the home is the opportunity to incorporate hanging storage and free up space elsewhere. This could include a hanging accessories organiser in the bedroom, a towel rack in the bathroom or a hanging hamper in the laundry. In a rental, you can use landlord-friendly solutions like stick-on hooks or over-the-door racks.
It pays to get creative with the crannies and crevices of your home. With the shelving removed, a closet could be transformed into a small office or podcasting studio. An empty corner could become a walk-in wardrobe with a clothing rack, or a reading nook with a comfy chair and hanging bookshelf. The opportunities are endless!
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It doesn’t get much more versatile than floating shelves. They are equal parts practical and decorative — clearing clutter from ground level while also showing off statement pieces in the home. Plus, they work in almost every room, whether it’s a shelf for books above your desk, or extra storage for crockery in the kitchen. While this usually requires attaching brackets to a wall, you can find some no-drill solutions at Bunnings or IKEA.
There’s no need to let a small living space cramp your style. With these simple yet effective storage hacks, you can get the most out of your humble abode.
Words by Emma Norris