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25 ways to make the most of your small home (part one)

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Hey, all you small homeowners! Don't waste time wishing your house bigger. Instead, just love the space you have and make more of it.

Interior designers are amazingly talented at making small homes look, feel and function like far bigger properties and we've honed in on a few of their top tricks. We're not ones to keep handy tricks to ourselves, so today we're bringing you the first 13 fantastic ideas (followed by the remaining 12 tomorrow).

If you're ready to open up new possibilities in your small bathroom and little living room, let's get started…

1. Don't always plump for small furniture

You might think a small home needs tiny furniture, but that's not always true. 

A large, comfy sofa in your living room could look and feel far better than two smaller ones. Corner sofas will be exceptionally good as you can make more of those dead corners!

2. Don't buy storage before you purge

'Angles 4' Retro Wallpaper Minimalist study/office by Wallsauce.com Minimalist

'Angles 4' Retro Wallpaper


So many people get it into their heads that they need to strictly organise everything in a small home. While that is a great idea, don't buy any organisation systems until you've purged your home of all the things you no longer need. 

If you buy more storage than you need, you'll be able to find places for all the unneccessary tat!

3. Use mirrors and glass

Antiqued Mirror Bathroom Panelling: classic  by Rupert Bevan Ltd, Classic
Rupert Bevan Ltd

Antiqued Mirror Bathroom Panelling

Rupert Bevan Ltd

An oldie but a goody! This tip is tried and tested the world over.

Mirrors and glass panels make light work (excuse the pun) of reflecting every ray of natural light within a small home, which makes it look and feel far bigger.

Try it if you don't believe us!

4. Don't block out light during the day

By all means have pretty curtains or blind, but once you're out of bed and getting started with the day, you need to throw those window dressings wide open. 

The more light you can invite into your home, the better! It's easier to mount curtain poles above your windows to make sure you can pull the drapes right out of the way.

5. Think vertically

Every nuance of space counts in a small home and, when it comes to storage, the more you can include the better. 

Don't get caught up looking at eye-line potential. Instead, look up and start thinking about how you can make more of the height of your individual rooms. 

This log storage is a perfect example of what we mean.

6. Build cabinets up to the ceiling

Kitchens in small homes can be tiny. Thus, to garner more storage space, ignore all the outdated rules about top cupboards and build extra tall ones right up to the ceiling.

It's more important to have clear surfaces than empty wall space!

7. Increase functionality with clever additions

Harbourside kitchen Country style kitchen by Tim Jasper Country
Tim Jasper

Harbourside kitchen

Tim Jasper

Small homes are indisputable proof that no space is a dead space, if you think outside the box.

Take another look at all those corners and start installing clever storage systems (such as custom drawers or pan carousels), and you'll see that you can unlock far more storage than you thought.

8. Hang more things to free up cupboard space

If your cupboards are full to bursting and items start creeping onto your kitchen worktop, that's a huge no-no in a small home. 

Add some racks and hooks so that you can free up cupboard space, then decorate your walls with the pans and cookware you use most frequently.

9. Add open front shelves to your kitchen

18th Century Manor House with Modern Kitchen Classic style kitchen by homify Classic Wood Wood effect

18th Century Manor House with Modern Kitchen


Don't ever underestimate the usefulness of open front shelves in your kitchen. 

They won't make a small room feel too enclosed or claustrophobic, but they will increase the storage potential exponentially. They also allow for frequently used items to be within arm's reach at all times!

10. Use the inside of cupboard doors creatively

Those pesky small kitchens can actually be wonderfully beautiful and functional.

Paint the inside of a couple of cabinet doors with chalkboard paint and you can transform them into handy shopping list reminders. No more notebooks on the counter!

11. Have a caddy for all your cleaning supplies

natural wood trook dustpan & brush: rustic  by Fate London, Rustic
Fate London

natural wood trook dustpan & brush

Fate London

Instead of cluttering up your small rooms with a medley of cleaning products, simply have a portable caddy that you can transport to every room as and when you need it.

When it's not in use, store it in a cupboard out of sight and don't leave any products laying around.

12. Have wall files for important household documents

Love is in the air Classic style study/office by Pixers Classic

Love is in the air


A small home will clock up just as much paperwork as a much larger one, as everyone has bills to pay and insurance documents to keep hold of.

So, make sure you never lose an important piece of paperwork again by fitting some wall files. Before you file anything, make sure you actually need it!

13. Consider more multifunctional furniture

Redondela bed : modern  by bobo kids, Modern
bobo kids

Redondela bed

bobo kids

When space is at a premium in your home, it's time to start thinking about multifunctional furniture. 

You can now get beds that have integrated storage, wardrobes and desks. There are even some that can simply fold up against the wall when not in use!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for part two. In the meantime, check out this Ideabook: These design mistakes are making your home feel small.

Which great ideas will you try in your small home?
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