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Make Some Big Plans for Small Spaces

August 12th, 2015 11:17 AM by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist

Make Some Big Plans for Small Spaces

By Stephen Flannery III, Realtor 

Just because a room is small in square footage doesn't mean it has to be relegated to storage or remain unused. Small spaces can create personal experiences within a home and can become a favorite retreat — such as a guest bedroom, an office or a reading nook. Here are some ideas to keep in mind.

  • Utilize convertible furniture: One of the best ways to maximize a small space is to make it functional. Use a sofa that converts to a bed. Use ottomans that have storage inside. Use modular and movable furniture to change the layout regularly with any need.
  • Loft it: If a convertible bed isn't a good option, consider building a lofted space in the room. A loft can provide a relaxing place to sleep and create usable space beneath for a sitting area or a desk. This is great for children, students or guests.
  • Space under stairs: Do you have a staircase in your house? If so, the space beneath it could have a lot of potential. You could convert it to storage, a small half-bath, a reading nook, a dog kennel or even a small office. Don't forget about these random spaces that might be considered unusable in your house. They may have plenty of potential.
  • Use mirrors: One of the simplest tricks for maximizing a small space and making it look larger is to use a mirror. This strategy is especially great in a small bathroom, but can be applied anywhere. You don't have to be limited to the type of mirror either. Decorative tile can have a similar effect and create a very rich design. 
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Posted by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist on August 12th, 2015 11:17 AM

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