How to make space in a small flat: No one wants to feel claustrophobic in their home and living in a small flat can sometimes seem more cramped than cosy. But there are some tips and tricks to make space in a small flat and make it seem more spacious.
Here’s our quick guide on how to make space in a small flat…
MIRRORS, MIRRORS, MIRRORS
If you want to create the illusion that a room is bigger than it is then mirrors are your friend. Hang mirrors from the walls and on the back of doors to make a room feel more spacious and inviting.
Obviously don’t go over board and try to recreate the Palace of Versailles but a couple of cleverly placed mirrors, especially in areas that make the most of natural light entering a room, will result in a complete transformation of the flat.
When trying to plan out a room remember that you’re not just working with a floor plan and you can make the most of the vertical space available. Place shelves on the walls to help with storage and buy bookcases that make the most of the height in the room. Hanging baskets can also work well in small flats and if you have particularly large items that take up a lot of space consider wall mounting them, for example you could wall mount a guitar or a bicycle.
Using hidden storage is one of the best ways to create more space in a small flat. Having all your possessions on show can make a flat looked cluttered and cramped but with the use of items such as ottoman beds to hide your things your flat will look neater and more spacious.
One great way to make the most of hidden storage is to use a chest in the living room to act as a coffee table.
Plenty of natural light will make a room seem bigger and brighter. Obviously, it can be difficult to affect how much natural light your flat gets but it can help to have thin and light curtains to help the room stay bright when you want privacy. As well as this invest in some soft light lamps which mimic natural light and open up the room.
In the same way that natural light can change the mood of a room and make it seem more spacious, light colours in a room can have the same effect. Make sure to paint the walls light colours to brighten the room and have flooring which is light in colour to keep the flat looking roomy.
Glass doors to divide rooms can really make a flat seem bigger by creating a continuous line of sight between rooms.
A great way to make space in a small flat is to get furniture that serves more than one purpose and can do two or three jobs. The best example of this is to buy a sofa bed that can be used to transform a living room into a spare room if you have guests staying over.