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Space Saving Furniture

by Carol Staines

It’s an acquisitive age in which we live. Is your house beginning to feel too confining for comfortable living? Whilst one may dream of building on an extension, financial reality often demands less expensive solutions. Here are some ideas...

Assess the amount of space your existing fitments take up as compared to their functional capacity. For example, a hutch dresser has a large footprint compared to storage capacity. Floor to ceiling shelves (behind doors or on show), take up the same amount of space, but hold twice as much.

Extendable tables do take the pressure off under-sized dining rooms.

Under bed storage units will hold out of season linen. The Coffee table should incorporate a sizeable drawer to utilise the space underneath the table top.

The average sized bedroom can be inadequate with today’s mod cons, especially for teenagers. There’s not only an explosion in the number of belongings but space required for studying. Then there are their overnight guests. A trundle bed, for the occasional stopover that fits under the existing one could work out more space efficient.

Reformat existing storage units which have probably been in place since the children were little. Measure the depth of the hanging area. Is it possible by re-arranging, to add an extra rail thereby doubling capacity? Measure the height of what is to be stored to maximise the amount of shelving that can be fitted. Don’t overlook installing shelving on the walls.

Re-arranging your furniture can increase the amount of usable floor space. In small spaces, it is easier to position two small sofas in the lounge than a longer three-seater.

Select space efficient furniture. Choose taller than wider styles for sideboards and wall units. Maximise airspace by the use of wall shelving.

Remove excess furniture. Rooms are often overloaded with seldom used furniture. For example a dining room suite with six chairs, only four of which are constantly used. Situate the remaining two elsewhere and bring in when needed.

Whilst the above exercise may require some mental gymnastics it can result in a noticeable improvement to the comfort levels. Start the process by taking out of the room all pieces of furniture leaving it bare. Then replace only those pieces whose function within that room and level of usage can be clearly identified. You may wish to try a different layout to maximise space. Be creative... you may surprise yourself with the outcome.

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