20 Jan 2017

When it comes to space saving in small houses, every square inch of space is vital. Hence pre- planning plays a very important role is maximum utilization of space. Here are 10 ideas from Ansa Interiors to save space in a home.

1) It is a smart idea to use convertible furniture. A series of ottomans that can be joined to make a bed; a sofa that can be converted to a bed.

2) Expandability is another point to en-cash on. Design furniture so that it can be extended. For example. A centre table that can open up to become big is size if required. A series of descending sized peg tables that are ducted together and can be pulled out to become 3 in number. A 4 seated dining that can be converted to a 6 seated on a simple pull of shelves.

3) Dig inside the wall. In a small house it is a good idea to create smart niches inside the wall and put them to utility. Instead of having an accessories shelves protruding from the wall, one can create niche and utilize it for putting accessories.

4) It is always advisable to keep the floor area clean. This means for example, you can hang a breakfast counter from ceiling and keep bar stools beneath it, than occupying the floor area. This will make the room look visually bigger.

5) Incorporate storage where ever possible. A bay window can host set of drawers’ up to sitting height and then have cushion to form a sitting corner. Build the wardrobe from the flooring without leaving skirting and make a shoe drawer on the lower end. This will save you from wasting 4” of skirting area and also make space for all your shoes. Give storage in the bed, in the loft or wherever your house permits without adding a bulk visually.

6) Go vertical. Since a small house has limited floor area, it is advisable to utilize the vertical space available. Cupboards to ceiling heights, bunk beds, tall standing wall cabinets; all work on the same principle.

7) Sliding wardrobes are definitely a space saver than compared to their open able counterparts. To reduce the circulation space on floor is a thumb rule to space saving. Similarly hydraulic open able storages in bed are better that pull out drawers.

8) Put your partition to use by either making them storage or by using them as display cabinets. A little flexibility in your design will be of great help.

9) Use make-shift arrangements. This means instead of laying it in stone, think of material and ideas that can change with changing needs. A bed room can be converted into a home theatre lounge with simple use of sofa cum bed and camouflaging wardrobe with walls. Add a centre table and switch on your projector to see cricket match.

10) You can use wardrobe to act as partitions between two rooms. This will reduce the area wasted by wall.

11) In kitchen, the thumb rule is a place for everything and everything in place. Add S hooks, tube rods to hang paper napkins, cutlery, spices, foil papers etc. Keep the counter clean. Use pull down hydraulics for mixer, grinder so that these gadgets do not occupy space on counter. Also add tall ladder if possible to take care of all your storage

12) Glass, mirror and reflective metallic colours are in and have taken up the important role to give your home a larger-than-it-is look. Keep the flooring throughout a small space the same for visual continuity.

13) Last but not the least, organize your wardrobe. Use accessories like pull down hangers, tie holders, belt drawers, and trouser pull out, sectioned drawers and so on. The capacity to hold stuff after using these accessories increases multifold.

 

You can add a visual impact by making your home look larger than its size by following some simple steps:-

  1. Design your home in a monochromatic tone. Add colour by using accessories like cushions, photo frames, rug sand collectables and showpieces.
  2. Keep the flooring throughout a small space the same for visual continuity.
  3. Keep the walls white for a neat enlarged look.
  4. Add lights at all dark dingy places and avoid shadowed areas.
  5. Use fewer, larger pieces of furniture and accessories to reduce visual clutter.
  6. An uninterrupted view to the farthest corner makes the space look larger.
  7. Do not artificially reduce the ceiling height using POP or gypsum, rather add surface lights and keep ceiling high.
  8. If possible have larger windows to bring outside inside. This gives a feel of room stretching to outdoors.