Get More Space Out of Your Small Space

In “cozy” metropolitan apartments, there often aren’t separate bedrooms, offices, living rooms, guest rooms and libraries. If you don’t have a lot of square footage, then you need spaces that can do double or even triple duty.

The upside is that many of our activities aren’t done all day every day, so with the right set up, you can easily transform your space for unique needs when they arise. Here are my top tips:

California Closets Library Office Wall Bed

A wall bed adds multi-functionality to any room, and is particularly useful in offices.

1. Multi-functional Rooms

For example, maybe you entertain visiting friends or family a few times a year. You don’t really need a guest room for such infrequent visitors, but you also don’t want them uncomfortably crammed on the fold-out sofa in the living room.

The solution? A wall bed in your office. Most days, you’ll use the space as a functional office with a workspace for your computer, files and office supplies. But when guests visit, you can easily transform your office into a comfortable guest room.

Think about ways to create rooms with multiple purposes. In my house, my family room also has a fold-out couch and storage for guests, plus a reach-in closet converted to a craft space. The room isn’t big, but it completely fits our needs depending on the situation.

Ginny Snook Scott with her California Closets craft room

The reach-in closet in my family room doubles as a gift wrapping station with extra storage for my kids’ games.

2. More Storage

A lack of hidden storage is another problem in small living spaces.

Instead of trying to cram in another dresser or wardrobe in your bedroom, I’d recommend a custom solution that matches your current style and can be made to fit the right dimensions.

You can get creative with wall units, shelving, and wardrobes to create extra storage opportunities that also look beautiful.

3. No Wasted Space

If you’re one of the lucky ones who has space that isn’t being used to its fullest potential, think about adding more function, rather than more storage.

For example, a reach-in closet can be converted into a small desk space (perfect for kids) or a gift wrapping station.

New York and other major metropolitan cities are known for their small living spaces, but that doesn’t have to mean clutter, disorganization or discomfort! When you master the art of creating multi-use spaces, you can enjoy your living space in any situation!

How do you make the most of small spaces in your home? Let me know in the comments!

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