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ADDING FLOOR SPACE

ADDING FLOOR SPACE

Adding floor space to your home may seem like a cost-prohibitive project, but there are actually a few clever ways to expand your living area without turning the house into a construction zone. We’ll explore a few space-adding strategies in this post.

Freeing up Existing Space

The most affordable – albeit least substantial – means of adding floor space to your house is to simply free up space that is already there. This could be as simple as rearranging furniture so that locked-up space – say, between a lamp stand and a book shelf – becomes more accessible. Mindful arrangement of furniture can also improve the flow of a room, which accomplishes some of the same goals as actually adding floor space.

Here are a few other tips for freeing up space in a cramped flat or home:

  • Purchase a smaller sofa or bed to replace an oversized model you’re currently using.
  • Use multipurpose furniture such as a futon or sofa bed.
  • Replace large storage furniture like an armoire or chest with an under-bed storage option.
  • Make use of vertical space in closets and cabinets
  • Knocking down an interior wall to combine two rooms into one can profoundly open up your living space while adding admittedly little (but real) floor space to your home’s layout. This obviously isn’t an option for renters, but homeowners can keep it in mind.

Converting Existing Space

Finally, space that already exists but isn’t being fully utilised can also be converted into indoor living space. Garages become granny flats; basements can be transformed into game rooms for the kids; and decks and patios can be glassed in and converted to conservatories.

As you can see, there are several ways to add a bit of space to your home or flat without having to call in a renovator. Let us know in the comments if you have any tips of your own.

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