With the population booming, high-rises skyrocketing, and rail rising, this island appears to have gotten smaller. The price we pay to live in paradise is not any different. Costs continue to soar above our heads. We are left with fewer choices and many of us are forced to double-up. This means sacrifices, adjustments, and smaller spaces.

Whether you live in a home, apartment, or condo, we could all use a little more room. There are some adding, subtracting, and rearranging to do, which can equate to a space-saving solution.

The key lies in the right formula!

Solutions

1. Clear the Clutter

I can’t help but gaze at the clutter around me. Besides making me feel somewhat stifled, my living room is beginning to look like a swap meet. I need to clear the clutter! Get rid of stuff that’s better off in the trash or in a recycle bin. Many of us tend to keep things that we haven’t touched in years. Transfer clutter objects to storage cubes, storage totes, or storage boxes. If you’re like me, a lot of items are out of place. I have proper places for everything, but often let them sit around for no good reason.

1. Add Functional Furniture

Multi-purpose furniture is a worthwhile investment. You’ll get years of good use in return. Adding an ottoman in the living room gives you versatility while conserving space. Ottomans function as extra seats or a coffee table as well as storage. Oversized designs come with pull-out sleepers. Futon sofa beds also offer solutions for limited space. They provide a place to sleep when you have family or guests staying overnight. Multi-purpose shelving is another space-saving option, which can be used as an entertainment center with an area for small items.

Twin daybeds with a trundle are ideal when children share rooms. The bottom bed conveniently stows away under the daybed. Go a step further and maximize the kids’ rooms with a loft bed. They are similar to bunk beds but without the bottom trunk. Some loft beds feature a built-in desk and storage, while others have an area below for other furnishings.

Floating furniture is widely used in small space living. The concept maximizes wall space to free up floor space. I was taken aback by some of those floating desks. Talk about functionality! These space-friendly desks are folded away on the wall and open up to several shelves. Some designs are entirely mounted on the wall. Keep your floor space free by adding a floating shelf or bookshelf in the living room. Take advantage of floating designs for the bedroom. In a smaller bedroom, a floating bed without a headboard gives the room a more spacious feel. Floating drawers and nightstands serve the same purpose.

1. Create Visual Dimension

There are plenty of ways to make a small room appear visually larger. The formula is to define a focal point and bring attention to it. For example, placing your couch right up against the wall can make the room appear smaller. When there’s some space between the wall and couch, the eyes are drawn horizontally and perceive a wider space. Adding a few mirrors in your living room can amplify visual dimension. The mirrors on my wall help to open up my tiny living room.

Experiment by placing a mirror behind different furniture. The purpose is to draw attention upward with an illusion of vertical space. You’ll be surprised by the sense of spaciousness you can achieve with mirrors. The formula here is to match the right mirror with the right location. Hang a mirror directly across one of your large windows. You’ll get a reflected view of the scenery and a sense of being outdoors. Use the window that has the best view. The light reflection will also bring an openness to the room.

Rugs play an important part in expanding visual space. Plan a day to shop for rugs and notice the different sizes, colors, patterns, and textures. Coordinate the rugs in different locations to see how you can achieve a roomier appeal. Widen a narrow area by using rugs that extend beyond your furniture. For example, if you place a longer rug under the coffee table or couch, the living room will appear bigger. The illusion immediately makes the eyes see a wider area.

TIP: Many of us tend to align bedroom rugs with the bed. Position your rug horizontally instead and see what effect that brings.

Want to know more about Small Space Living?

This blog could easily turn into a series about small space living. For now, I hope this post provided some space-saving ideas that you found useful. We can all use a little more room. Do your homework...adding and subtracting plus rearranging. You will soon find the right formula to maximize your small space living.