Small spaces can be one of the most challenging obstacles to overcome and cope with in any home setting. Cramped quarters can be uncomfortable to live in and often do not give us the storage or space needed for social interaction. Living small these days has become more popular. Interestingly enough it’s not just downsizing retirees opting for smaller abodes, but many young and middle aged people are migrating toward the concept of living small. Living on a smaller scale often has economical and environmental advantages. That being said, finding practical ways to make your small space functional is a must and here are a few ideas and alternatives you may wish to consider for your small space. Some of these ideas may seem like a blast from the past but they’re back, in a big way, no pun intended.
Murphy/wall beds. One option many may not be aware of because it was assumed it was a thing of the past was Murphy Beds also known as “wall beds.” These beds are great options for those living in one room apartments, or who have a room that must be multifunctional such as a guest room that needs to double as an office space. Wall beds come in a variety of different sizes and styles and can have options in finish, as well as built in nightstands, shelving and storage. You simply take them down when you need the bed and fold them up when no longer needed. You may even want to consider this option for your older teen that will be moving out soon. Once they leave home to go college you can put away the bed and use the space for other things without sacrificing a place for them to sleep when they visit home during holidays.
An alternative to wall beds is the “cabinet bed.” These beds are a little less expensive than wall beds are and take up about the same amount of space as a traditional sized dresser. Like Murphy beds, cabinet beds sometimes come with storage built in. This can be a great idea for bedrooms that also double as a work out space where you may need extra room on your floor to move. Prices range from around $1400.00 and up but there are kits out there to make your own should you chose that route as well. Research your options prior to making your decision so that you’ll be all the more satisfied with your investment. If space is an issue and you having multi-purpose space needs, these beds may be a reasonable investment long term since you don’t necessarily have to have space issues to benefit from owning these types of beds.
Apartment sofas. Apartment sofas are usually a little larger than a loveseat, but smaller than a regular sofa. While most sofas range lengthwise in size from 88 inches up, apartment sofas usually are between 55 and 63 inches in length. They are a great solution for not only apartments but any space with limited wall space. If you find that traditional sofas leave you with little room to spare these sofas may be just the right fit. Another option for tight spaces are using an apartment sofa combined with chairs that are referred to as “chair and a quarter.” These chairs are smaller than traditional loveseats, but bigger than typical armchairs, so they can be a great way to downscale in tight spaces.
Floating desks. Floating desks are wonderful options in small multifunctional spaces where you may need the space below for addtional storage. Wall mounted, they can merge into the decor. There are varieties of floating desks, some have storage built into them and others simply are on the wall as a surface for your laptop and writing. Those including storage allow you to use wall space over floor space making them a practical way to get more function from less space. Well worth investigating and actually very stylish coming in white, black and wood finishes. Pricing is comparable to other student or office desks and well worth it if you have more wall space than floor space. It also goes without saying that switching out a regular coffee table with an ottoman that has storage makes a better use of the space. For even tighter means, two large baskets with a nicely stained shelf board can also serve as a coffee table. Simply buy a piece of smooth natural wood shelving and stain in a nice finish and place right over the baskets. Cute and practical.
Floor lamps and wall sconces. Where space is limited, it makes good sense to look upward for vertical possibilities and your walls for additional options. Sconces can be used for lighting where end tables and regular lamps wont fit and floor lamps take up less space and can be moved around where needed. Both offer the same function without tying up your small area. Both floor lamps and wall sconces have been around for some time and it is good to know that they can still be incorporated into your design scheme. Today there are popular finishes that will allow your small space to be trendy and well coordinated. There’s no reason small needs to mean less, especially in smart design choices. Good luck with your space saving ideas in your small space.