6 Ways to Maximize Small Living Spaces

By Heidy Perales · July 25, 2019

    6 Ways to Maximize Small Living Spaces

    How to maximize living space?

     Some people might really enjoy the small scale living; they choose to focus on what is practical and are completely fine with the minimalist side of the spectrum! However, having a small living space can be quite a challenge for others; especially when it seems as if you have too much stuff and not enough space. Whatever the case may be, when it comes to small spaces, it is important to be intentional with every piece and corner of a room, because the reality is that it’s not always possible to have unlimited amounts of space and storage, so we make due with what we have. Here are a few ways to maximize space. It all comes down to being creative and finding functionality for every piece of space.

    1) Take Advantage of Windows 

      It wasn’t until I was older that I started to really value windows. When I grew up, I understood why my mom always liked to open the curtains and let in as much natural light was possible. The truth is, windows make a home feel more spacious even though its not. Brightening the room with natural light takes away the feeling of living closed up in a small cave. Take advantage of the windows that are available you. If you’re able to go a step further, extend your windows or even look into adding a window. However, knowing that this is not a possibility for all, here are a few other things to keep in mind. 

    2) Maximize Wall Space Functionality

    What does this mean? A lot of times rooms become all crammed and it seems like there’s furniture covering most of the ground! Something to consider is using vertical space! Place hooks to hang items or accessories. Use open shelves to sit books, frames, candles, or small storage baskets for practical usage. Don't forget about wall corners either! Those are valuable too, consider this corner bookshelf for example! To learn more about various options, read Different Styles of Bookshelves

    3) Keep it Essential   

    Sometimes a room feels cluttered because it actually is cluttered. Try to organize and put away those items that are not for everyday use. Attempt or considering keeping out the most essential items. Staying on top of the mess will keep the most space available, thus maximizing space! 

    4) Add Mirrors

        Adding mirrors can maximize natural light brightens the room up even more. Mirrors can give the appearance of more space, even if it is just a reflection. 

    5) Light Colors

        When the space is small and there aren’t many windows, it’s important to keep light colors in mind. Although dark colors can be cozy, at times they might make you feel like you're in a small box when space is limited. Light colors brings out the most in rooms, letting it feel more refreshed and open. 

    6) Multifunctional Items

        When it’s all about maximizing space, it also important to maximize it to its best function. As already stated, keeping things clutter free and organized helps you see the space available. Finding good storage spaces is always a great feeling. For example, a storage bench that you can sit on and store items in. Use a little creativity when it comes to finding great storage spaces! 

    Hopefully these 6 tips can help you open up your homes more than what they may seem now! Sometimes it is all about thinking outside the box and embracing what you do have and using it to the most of its ability! If there are any other tips you’d like to share, comment them below! We love hearing about your ideas as well! 

    Author, Baileigh Basham

    Bailiegh Basham is Lead Sales & Marketing Strategist at Countryside Amish Furniture. She's been a team member since 2014. Bailiegh is deeply passionate about furniture design and home decor.