Welcome to part three of small space living! Today is part two of the small space living series.
I love this quote by William Morris. It’s so true.
When you are living in a smaller home , every thing you own needs to pull it’s own weight which is why it’s important to have furniture with storage. But, it’s also nice to have it look pretty too.
Smaller homes tend to have little to no closet space and if you’re like us, there is also no basement. We have a one car garage that is pretty packed, but other than that there is really no extra space to keep anything.
The way around that is to make your furniture work for you.
Many times, using some furniture items in nontraditional ways is a great way to increase storage without breaking the bank.
Coffee tables should even have storage such as using old or reproduction trunks. They are great for keeping extra afghans or blankets, books,or things you don’t use every day.
They can also be used as a side table,
and even stacked for height.
Or used as accent furniture.
They are a great way to gain extra storage and be a usable piece of furniture.
Vintage suitcases are another versatile option.
These are great to use for storage of old photos, paper goods,
and can also be used in plain site as furniture.
When it come to large pieces of furniture, using old dressers in place of a traditional sideboard are a great way to increase storage space.
Old dressers can actually hold a lot of things besides clothing. One of mine has a drawer of candles (I do like my candles), and another keeps board games and card games.
The biggest thing is to make sure they are useful storage and not just filled with “stuff”
smaller dressers can even be used as side tables.
which will increase storage in a tight spot and make the most of your “real estate.”
and never underestimate the small bit of storage that can be gleamed in a seating area.
even in a tight space, a bench seat can be used for extra dish towels, plates,napkins, and even wrapping paper tubes.
even individual seating with hidden storage is a great option!
Even old buffets can come out of the dining room and serve as both storage or even a media center.
don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when increasing your storage! And it doesn’t have to cost a lot, sometimes it even just means re-thinking how things are used in your home.
The questions to ask yourself are:
-Is this piece of furniture working here? If not what would be better?
-why is this not working, would something else be more effective?
-do I have the right things stored here for the space I have?
-Do I need what is in here,can I get rid of it?
All of these things can help make our space space much more livable and efficient!
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