The chances are that when you moved into your current home, you thought it was perfect. It had just the right amount of bedrooms, the garden was beautiful, the kitchen was a great size, and there was adequate living space, but now that your family has expanded you are starting to feel a little restricted. Don’t worry if you feel like this because you are not alone in worrying about a lack of space in your home; this is something that at one time or another, most families worry about.
If you’re worried about space in your home, you are most probably considering moving to somewhere new. However, if you love your home, have taken years to get it to be how you want it to be, and don’t like the idea of moving to somewhere else, then you may be wondering what your other options are.
Now, the good news is that moving isn’t your only option, the key is to work out how you can make more of the space that you have in your home. So, with that in mind, below are some tips and ideas for saving space and finding ways to prevent your family from totally outgrowing your home.
Become a minimalist
The first step to making your home more comfortable for your family to live in is to become more minimalistic. Of course, this is no easy task, especially when you have a large family, as everyone always seems to have so much stuff. However, if you ever want to have more space, you need to find ways to declutter your home. It might not be easy, but there are plenty of ways that you can make your home a more minimalistic one.
Start with the attic and spend some time clearing out all the old bits and bobs that no one needs. Then, focus on one room at a time, start with your room, do the living room, kitchen, hallway, bathroom, and then the kid’s rooms. If your children are old enough to help, involve them in the process of clearing out their rooms. That way, you can make sure that you don’t throw away anything that they might want. If possible, try and do the whole house over one weekend, then it’s done, and you don’t need to worry about it again.
Invest in built-in storage space
If your home doesn’t already have built-in storage space, it’s something that’s worth investing in. Although wardrobes can work just as well as built-in storage, built-in storage space tends to be a better option. This is because built-in storage can be customized to fit the specific shape of your home, allowing you to use more space.
Unlike normal wardrobes, built in wardrobes can span from the floor to the ceiling, meaning that you have more storage space. For example, say you’ve got stairs with a gap under them, you could have a custom built cupboard put in there. Admittedly, having built-in storage can be a little pricey, however, if it helps you to make the most out of the space in your home, it’s something that’s worth investing in.
Be smart with your furniture
When it comes to the furniture that you have in your home, it pays to be smart about the pieces that you pick.
You see, there’s plenty of furniture that can help you to make the most of the space that you have, such as beds with storage underneath, for instance. As well as beds with drawers underneath them, there are also beds that you can lift the entire mattress up and underneath is storage space. These are better than the beds with drawers in, as they offer more storage space.
For your children’s beds, to save space, why not pick them cabin beds with a wardrobe and desk underneath? Or, if you’ve got two kids sharing a room, invest in bunk beds, to create the illusion of a bigger bedroom.
Pick stools and poufs that have storage inside them, so that you can use them to store magazines, TV controllers, or anything else that is usually lying around. To ensure that you don’t miss any of the best storage solutions, have a look online for inspiration – Pinterest and We Heart It are great for this.
Take advantage of all storage space
A lot of people make the mistake of not making full use of the storage space in their home, don’t be one of these people. To make your home a more comfortable space for everyone, make sure that you are utilizing all of the storage space on offer.
Say, for example, your home has a basement, make sure that you are using that for storage space. If you don’t like to use it because it gets damp, invest in damp-proofing the space. So that you and your family have more room and adequate storage space and don’t need to worry about damp being a problem. Or, say, for instance, you have an attic that you don’t use for storage because you’re not sure how strong the floor is, call in an expert and find out. If the floor isn’t strong enough to store a lot up there, call in a contractor to change that.
If you want to make it less likely that your family will completely outgrow your home, then you need to ensure that you are making the most of every inch of storage space that there is.
Consider building an extension
One option for boosting the amount of space that you and your family have, without moving to somewhere new, is to build an extension. Yes, it will cost you, but it will also add value to your home and will give you and your little ones the additional space that you need.
Obviously, before you can build an extension onto your home, there are some important factors to take into account, such as the cost of it, for instance. Then there’s the question of whether you will be able to get planning permission – you can’t extend your home without permission to do so from the local council. You also need to think about the size of your garden – do you have enough room to lose some to an extension?
Yes, an extension could be the answer to your problems, but there’s a lot to think about if you’re serious about the idea.
Convert an area of your home
Last but not least, another option for giving you and your family the extra space that you need is to convert an unused area of your home into a usable space. Say, for instance, you have an attic that barely gets used, why not convert it into a usable space?
If you’re in need of additional space but can’t build an extension, converting your attic or basement into a living area and storage space could be the answer. Obviously, if you’re going to convert an area of your home, it won’t come cheap, so you need to ensure that you have the money to fund the project. You also need to get to grips with whether or not you will need planning permission. However, despite the time, money and effort it will take, if you need more space, converting your basement or attic could be the perfect solution
There you have it, space saving ideas for when you’ve outgrown your home. If you’re struggling to ensure that your family are able to fit into your home, then take note of the tips and suggestions above.