Tips for Furnishing a Small Home
Small homes can be beautifully furnished and well-organized even if the budget is limited and there are multiple children. The key is to choose your furnishings to maximize your space. Looking for bonus storage, multipurpose functions, fold away furniture, and making good use of wall space can help make every inch of space more functional.
Look at everything you put in your home for its storage potential. Having a place for everything makes a big difference in keeping the clutter in your home at a manageable level. Some of the places to pay attention to are: Under the bed find built-in drawers, bunk beds with lots of storage options can make a big difference in the children’s bedroom. Maximize the space under the stairs by using built-in drawers or shelves. Coffee tables, end tables, and night stands need to be more than a pretty piece; make sure they have storage. Add toe kick drawers under your kitchen cabinets. There can be a lot of wasted space in your seating choices; look for benches with storage. Don’t forget the bathroom. Over the toilet storage, mirror cabinets, and tower linen shelves can add a lot of needed storage space.
Think multipurpose for every piece of furniture such as couches that become beds, tables that serve dual duty as desks, and lift-top coffee tables.
Fold up furniture
One way to make use of your space is by having furnishings that fold out-of-the-way when not in use to give room for multiple activity purposes for one space. Folding chairs, desks, tray tables, Murphy beds, and portable kitchen carts can all maximize space.
Use wall space
When you can’t spread out go up! Make use of your wall space by using bookcases or shelving units, adding high shelves, or hanging things from the ceiling like a great decorative hanging pot and pan holder or a hammock to keep kids stuffed animals. A full length mirror can be the door on your closet or a cabinet. Closet organizers can be designed to your individual needs and help keep the closet and clothes more manageable.
Get rid of what is not working
It can be easy on a tight budget to collect whatever furniture you can get your hands on, but if it is not functional it can be costing you more in the long run. If it gets it the way and prevents you from keeping your home relatively clutter free, it costs your time and sanity to work around it. Don’t keep those things that are not working for you. Sell it on eBay or Craigslist or at a garage sale. Trade it with a friend or post on your favorite social media site with what you would like to replace it with. If all else fails or you just don’t want to bother, give it away and allow it to bless someone’s life. Careful choices of a few right pieces of furniture that are highly functional can make a big difference in the enjoyment you get out of your home and the best way to keep your home running smooth and functioning efficiently.