5 Life Changing Interior Designs For Small Spaces

Jun 06 2018
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With my workshop taking over my guest bedroom and my old office becoming my new guest bedroom I was in a real dilemma on where I could create an office for me. The only real place I had was in my long dining/entry way but I was in a real pickle on how to create real “spaces” in the long open plan. Soon on the blog I’ll show you guys how I broke the room up and still managed to fit everything into it! The following is an article submitted to Grandma’s House DIY that I felt was really informative.

Are you faced with the challenge of living tastefully in small spaces? Small apartments in large cities, dorm rooms, event shared rental properties often find the space inadequate to live in comfortably.

Interior designers are no stranger to this problem, and they have some unique ideas that will allow you to enjoy your space without having everything you own visible to your guests.

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Are you faced with the challenge of living tastefully in a small spaces? Small apartments in large cities, dorm rooms, event shared rental properties often

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Dividing rooms without losing space

Perhaps you have a living room, dining room combination. Many people put as little furniture in the rooms as possible to make the two areas look larger. But there is a better way. Have a free-standing shelf between the two areas. The one pictured here is wide, but you can walk around it. The added shelves on both sides give you a lot of decorating options. We suggest that you make the cabinet dividers about half this size. This gives you the illusion of the bigger room and allows people to walk more freely.

Are you faced with the challenge of living tastefully in a small spaces? Small apartments in large cities, dorm rooms, event shared rental properties often

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Drapery walls

Suspend a beautiful curtain rod from the ceiling between the two rooms you want to separate. Pull them to the center so you have room to see on both sides. This is a stunning interior design statement. It is bold and colorful. The illusion of the “wall” gives you more designing options. If you have guests and you want to actually have some privacy, pull the curtain to each wall and block off the rooms. This is also a fun idea if you have a trundle couch and someone sleeping over. It gives them private space, and you can enjoy your morning coffee without disturbing them.

Fold down desks with storage

Don’t leave valuable corner space wasted. Add some cubby holes in the walls and fit wooden boxes in the holes. Make sure one of the cubby holes is large enough to place your computer. Now add a triangular-shaped wooden table with hinges that allow you to fold it down. Pretty gold chains on each side and a golden hook at the top give you security. On the underside of the table, which will be visible when the desk is up, paint decorations or glue small tiles that add interest. Place a small chair in the corner. When needed, simply move the chair, fold down the desk, and place the chair in front of the desk to sit on. Your pens, tablets, bills, and computer are all in one place and your corner office is a winner.

Are you faced with the challenge of living tastefully in a small spaces? Small apartments in large cities, dorm rooms, event shared rental properties often

Slide out coffee table tops

We love our coffee tables. But, they tend to be a catch-all and that quickly leads to a messy house when you have limited space. Instead, buy a coffee table that has a top that slides out. Inside are organizers for remote controls, paperwork, small toys, even dusting supplies.

Behind the stairs

If you have stairs in your home, do not waste the underside of the staircase. Add shelves to the underside of the stairs. Slide containers in the shelves. You will have room for all your odds and ends that never seem to be “where you left then.” use a bright color to paint the shelves to draw the eye to the unusual display, but keep the tubs a neutral color.

There are many options for people who live in small places. The problem is, we have never tried to utilize all the space that we have. Once you start identifying empty places, you can always find a use for it. Just use your imagination.

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Are you faced with the challenge of living tastefully in a small spaces? Small apartments in large cities, dorm rooms, event shared rental properties often

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2 Comments

  1. June 30, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Great suggestions! Happy 4th of July tarah! laura

    • June 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks Laura, have a wonderful weekend!

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