Solutions For Tiny Spaces

Do you battle with small spaces in your home? Many people do. A lot of people live in small flats/houses and desperately need some extra space in their lives. This article will show you several ways in which you can find solutions for tiny spaces in your home. I’ve linked to other more in-depth articles which explain the ideas in more detail. Before you read this article you may want to check out smart ways to declutter your home.


Solutions for tiny spaces – bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most problematic rooms when it comes to space. I’ve written a popular article on this blog called, Tips For Small Bathrooms, which shows you some really simple things you can do to maximise the space you have in your bathroom without a large amount of work, or spending a whole lot of money.

If you have no other option, adding open shelves to your bathroom wall may be an obvious way to gain space, but it’s also one of the easiest, most useful ways of taking care of your space problem in a room where you most desperately need it.

If you’re thinking of updating your small bathroom, here are some points to consider before you do so. Don’t forget that you don’t necessarily have to employ someone to do the work. There are people already employed by your local DIY store who are more than qualified to give you the advice and help you need.

These top 5 ideas for bathroom designs will give you some ideas about storage and getting the best out of your  bathroom.

Solutions for tiny spaces – living room

The living room is the main reception room in your home, so if it’s small this takes away from the way you can entertain. There are simple thing you can do like:

Use a lighter colour paint on the walls and implement bold accessories if you like bright colours.

Make a window seat so that the awkward space under the window can be utilised for seating (and storage under the seats) rather than left empty.

Use flexible seats (along with your couch/love seat etc) like wicker chairs so that they can be easily repositioned when you’re entertaining. Swivel armchairs are also great for this purpose because they’re not locked into once position.

You can also use a room divider in your living room.  This is great if you need to use your small room as an office as well. You can then remove the divider when you have people over. Look at this living room for more details.

Here are some clever ways to design your smaller living room when it comes to feng shui. And 5 ways to design your living room

Solutions for tiny spaces – kitchens

It’s very difficult working around a small kitchen. Not only do you use your kitchen every day, several times a day, but you also need space to store all the kitchen gear you invariably need.  If you’re stuck, here are some things you can implement for space:

Purchase a rolling cart for storing big items like pots, pans, baking trays, etc. You can keep this in the middle of the kitchen or move it around as you wish. This way you can keep it out of your way when you need more floor space, or you can stick it in the dining room or anywhere else around the kitchen. Most rolling carts look great and will definitely ease the clutter of your cupboards.

See if it’s possible to move your microwave oven to a shelf below the counter top. This will free up a lot of space for you to actually use in preparation of meals etc.

Think about open shelves in the kitchen. They look great if you store uniform items like baskets or matching storage jars on them. See how else you can make your small kitchen look and feel bigger.

The colour and accessories you use for your kitchen do make a difference on how big it looks and feels. See this post on this blog for some really great advice on how to make the best of your small kitchen.

How you choose to organise your storage also has a crucial impact on the space you have in your small kitchen. Kitchen Storage Tips will give you sound advice on how to organise this.

Solutions for tiny spaces – bedrooms

Bedrooms are important rooms to keep clutter free. This is because your bedroom is the place you go to for resting and sleeping. If your bedroom is small and stuffy this could affect your sleep drastically.  Here are some smart ways to organise a small bedroom:

Again, choosing and applying paint is a really important factor when it comes to how small your room appears. Choosing the wrong colours can make even a good-sized bedroom seem small. Here are some bedroom makeovers you should see. Kid’s bedroom makeover, bedroom makeover 1, bedroom makeover 2.

Storage and organisation (set up) can be crucial in finding enough space in your bedroom. If it’s on the small side, these factors become even more important. The first part of this article is a massive help on dealing with bedrooms, space, bedroom storage etc.

This article and the links provided (which are posts previously published on this blog about this topic) are chocked full of ideas and solutions for tiny spaces. If you live in a tiny space or have any other ideas to add, please use the comment section to do so.  

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23 Responses to Solutions For Tiny Spaces

  1. Bridget August 2, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    A huge thank you Anne. Your blog has given me so many new and wonderful
    ideas !!

  2. Debbie July 25, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    We live in a relatively small but really comfortable home. Your blog has given me
    some great ideas. Thank you

  3. oracle adf July 15, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    i’ve a small house but seriously i have not planned how to arrange the things or colours etc but this article gives me useful tips to solve my probs. thanks buddy

  4. john ioannis divramis
    July 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    l love small appartments and l believe in economic crisis you need a small appartment to cut expenses. l would like to ask you what kind of colour you suggest for making small appartments look bigger apart from white?
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    • Anne July 12, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Hi John, Pale greens, pale blues and creams are good for that.

  5. Hossam July 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    I’ve just encounter your bog accidentally, I’m happy
    I did so though, I have now been scrolling throughout your tips and they’ll definately
    can be found in handy. I’m a feng shui person myself, and can easily see the similarities with you blog.

  6. Nadeem Ahmad June 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    lvely post,,,, seriously i have been facing issue due to small space in my living room but your tip sitting area under windows really clicks my mind and suddenly i have an amazing idea of changing my setting and will get a little more space for my kid.
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  7. Greg Holbert from OnlineTaxes
    June 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Great blog, Anne!

    You’re helping people more than you think. I read over your tips and thought I would share a few myself. We have a small house and have to save space everywhere we can.

    If you need more space in your closet you can always get a soda can tab and slide a hanger through each hole in the tab and make your own tiered hangers without having to buy one of those big, plastic vertical hanger attachments. It really helps keep my dress shirts and pants for work neatly separated from my other attire.

    We also utilize plastic storage tubs for our seasonal decorations and other accessories like bedding. These tubs can be stacked against a wall or in a room out of the way to help save clutter.

    Keep up the great blogging!

    • Anne June 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      HI Greg, I love your top tip about the soda can tab. I’d never thought of that one before and I’m certain not many other people have. Thanks for that.

      Yes, I also use plastic boxes for storage. They keep everything dust free. I even use them for out of season clothes, as this keeps my wardrobe looking neat and tidy.

      • Greg Holbert
        June 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

        Great idea! We have an extra tub so we will put our winter coats and hoodies in them to save even more space in our cramped closets! One good tip deserves another it seems.

  8. khusro June 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Very nice useful tips ! Hi I am Rehman, a freelance web designer and developer.
    i also design home layout and do interior home designing. I have designed my house layout which is on 250sqd with two bedrooms, a hall and a living room. I was finding it very difficult to give a perfect shape to the kitchen, but your article on “make the best of your small kitchen” will help me in decorating the kitchen. If you add some photos of the bedroom, living roomand kitchen would be great help to all.

  9. Nicole from Suitcase
    June 13, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi Anne.. I found you via the CommentLuv FB page. This is a great article! I am ‘homeless’ right now (nomadic) but when I settle down again Ill definitely keep this tips in mind.
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  10. christine davids
    June 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    amazing tips there!thanks for sharing!
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  11. Debbie June 12, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Hi Anne
    I have just come across your bog accidentally, I am very pleased
    I did though, I have been scrolling through your tips and they will definately
    come in handy. I am a feng shui person myself, and can see the similarities with you blog.
    Will certainly follow you. hanks

  12. Alex June 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    The biggest difficulty faced while living in small houses is that you can’t do a lot of shopping. You will always have to think of the storage. You ofcourse wouldn’t like things lying around the house, with no exact place of its own. Small houses need to be looked after, a lot of work I must say.

  13. Paul June 6, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Hi Anne, I believe the main trick to live in small houses is to do a bit of organizing. We all try to expand our reach and end up stuffing our house with everything we can lay hands on. If we try to wind up things and remove the unwanted clutter for our homes, I think we will get some good space.

    • Anne June 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      That is very true. Clutter is your enemy when you live in small quarters – and even big ones too.

  14. Steve June 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Great blog – lighter paint is key to opening up a living room with some brightness

  15. Shaun Hoobler from discountr June 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Interesting. I’d never really realised that the colour of a room can effect how big or small it seems. So lighter colours are better to make it seem big?
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  16. Nathan May 30, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Hi Anne, space problem is increasingly becoming common. It gets really ddifficult for me to work or rather even relax in a small spaced house. I have always followed your tips, and frankly speaking I have only benefited. Thanks for all the tips.

  17. Missy from Okleina May 30, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Since the tiniest apartments are also the cheapest ones in my city friends rent or buy places with little of living space. I will pass them your advices, thanks!

    • Anne June 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Thank you for sharing the post, Missy.

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