Anyone renting student digs or their first flat in London knows that youâ€™re not going to find the space youâ€™re after for the most affordable price. With rooms that you could hardly swing a cat in, pricesÂ are still rising and the spaces are shrinking.
But even though you have more â€˜stuffâ€™ than square metre, donâ€™t despair. It is possible to utilise all the space efficiently in a cramped room, without a cluttered mess (my worst nightmare!).
Here are some space-saving solutions to buy you extra roomâ€¦
Furniture doesnâ€™t always have to be on the ground using valuable floor space. Depending on how strong your walls are, floating book shelves, cabinets and storage units can be hung. My favourites are the floating box shelves and cupboards that are practical storage but also look attractive.
Just donâ€™t forget to check whatâ€™s behind the wall first before you start drilling holes everywhere, and measure up properly as you donâ€™t want to create an eyesore!
In the corner Â
Corners can be such a waste if not used properly. Whether it be a L-shaped sofa, TV cabinet or book shelf, these â€˜cornerâ€™ designs can fit neatly into the room, and save you extra space.
Stack ’em Â
For those in private rentals who donâ€™t want to risk eviction for damaging walls, you can choose to stack your shelves instead! Cube units can easily be stacked on top of one another to again, save you on floor space. Also, utilise any alcoves with ceiling to floor storage.
Out of sight
Ottomans or blanket boxes are clever ways of hiding clutter as well as doubling up to be comfortable seating. You can get various sizes and styles that compliment your rooms.
Trick of the trade
A large mirror on one side of the room can create the illusion that small spaces are bigger than they actually are.
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