a guest post by Joshua Bing edited by Deb Villeneuve
Living in a small house can get a little bit tedious sometimes and you might dream of the day you win the lottery so you can buy somewhere bigger. You can’t deny there are not some great benefits to living somewhere smaller. I don’t hear anyone complaining about having to do less housework and they don’t seem to mind that repairs are a lot cheaper. People love the fact they can spend more quality time with their family because everyone is huddled closely together.
Then after a while there is a need for more space because the family members are suffocating them. Spending less time cleaning doesn’t matter because once it’s done you still have to sit in a room you consider to be too small. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Is this something you’re going through at the moment because you don’t think your home is big enough? Check out some of these great ways to make your home feel bigger which will make you feel great.
Knock down a wall or two
If your walls aren’t part of the foundations of the house you will be able to knock them down. Why would you possibly want fewer rooms? Well it’s nice having a lot of rooms, but when you have lots of small ones it’s not exactly doing you any favors. If you can knock down a few walls your home will completely open up and it will give you the impression of being somewhere much bigger. It’s not the hardest job in the world to do although it’s not something you can do yourself.
Turn somewhere into a room
You have an attic, basement, and possibly a garage that could easily be turned into a brand new room. Are you using any of them for something special at the moment? If your attic is just the place you keep all your junk then maybe you would benefit from throwing all your junk out and turning it into an extra bedroom. If you want to build a gym then the basement would be the perfect place for it. Your home probably has the potential to be amazing, but you just need to get creative.
Add more windows
When you have a small room it will always look like a cave unless you have a lot of natural light coming into it. How big are your windows at the moment? If they are only small then getting someone to come and put more in could be an excellent idea. Not only will the room look bigger because there is more light coming in, but because you can see much more of the outside world you will feel it’s more spacious compared to only seeing what is enclosed inside the four walls.
Hang some mirrors
When you hang lots of mirrors around your home it means you get to stop and admire how pretty you are every time you walk past one. I’m just joking and you don’t need to be vain to hang mirrors because they do actually make you think your home is bigger. Instead of looking outside the window and seeing more space you look into the mirror and you can see an exact replica of your room inside the frame. That means subconsciously you will be thinking you see space that’s double the size of what you would see without the mirror.
Start using shelves
Everything inside our home is as low as it can possibly be. There might be a few exceptions and the television is one if you hang it on the wall, but all the other big pieces of furniture will lie on the floor. That means you don’t have much space to walk about, but you do have all this space higher up that is just sitting there doing nothing. When you start using shelves you can put as much stuff as possible on them and suddenly the ground opens up and there is more room to walk about.
Have a good clear out
If you have anything that doesn’t need to be inside your home then do you really need to keep it? There is no reason in this day and age why anyone would want to keep hold of stuff that was just getting in the way. Why don’t you bite the bullet and throw it all out. You could even choose a worthy cause and donate it to charity. Don’t feel like you need to get rid of everything because even if you only say goodbye to the stuff you will never use again it will create a ton of space.
Today’s guest author, Joshua Bing, is a freelancer. One of his clients, Habitat 1, is a national, multi-faceted interior design and construction company whose works include all aspects of retail, hospitality and commercial office fit outs. He enjoys sharing effective yet simple ways for doing up the house via his articles.