Sometimes, we feel we lack the needed space because of the clutters, and not necessarily because the condo is not spacious enough. Given that condominiums are created the way they are. So, it is up to you to maximize the available space.
Here are some practical tips on how you can make your condo look and feel more spacious.
1 Put shelves above the doorways
2 Add light fixtures
3 Remove room-darkening shadows
4 Install glass shelves on deep-set windows
5 Use an ottoman with built-in storage as the corner table
6 Put low bookcases at the back of the sofa
7 Treat the bookcases as sofa table (if possible)
8 Put similar-designed flooring for visual continuity
9 Line the room with high horizontal shelves
10 Put vertical shelves at the topmost part of the walls
11 Use simple window treatments
12 Run low bookcases underneath the windows
13 Put a magazine bucket on a prominent corner
14 Line the hallway with shelves
15 Place a wicker hamper as storage
16 Use a coffee table with storage for remotes and other mini gadgets
17 Carve out narrow display spaces on wall studs
18 Use larger but fewer furniture pieces and accessories with storage
19 Use furniture with textured or plain upholstery
20 Refrain from using chairs and sofas with vibrant prints
21 Install shallow shelves around the windows
22 Add a window seat with lids
23 Run shelves through the ceiling
24 Think of monochromatic themes
25 Arrange furnishings to avoid window and door view blockage
26 Put hooks at the back of the doors
27 Put old books and toys inside trunks
28 Use trunks as mini bench or coffee table
29 Store old clothes and linens on clear plastics or rolling bins
30 Put the plastics or bins under the bed
31 Better yet, use beds with bed frames with built-in drawers (known as platform beds)
32 Use hanging shoe organizers which can go over the walls or doors
33 Buy a TV shelf where you can put the TV and other electronic appliances
34 Opt for a 4-seater round dining table
35 Put a mirror on a prominent wall to create an illusion
36 Paint the walls with light and airy colors
37 Use white, cream or fresh spring colors to create visual calmness
38 Use stackable boxes on every room
39 Label the stackable boxes on your kid’s room for toys, books, etc.
40 Put mini jars on the tables where kids can put markers, coloring pens, coins, etc.
41 Attach rubberized wheels on frequently-moved objects
42 Buy closet organizers with built-in laundry sorters where light and dark clothes can be separated
43 Carve out shallow display spaces underneath the staircase
44 Better yet, install drawers on the risers of each stair
45 Install lazy Susan shelf on an unused corner
46 Convert unused vanity areas into a mini closet where extra supplies can be put
47 Put a Murphy bed on the office room to double as a guest room
48 Install a fold-down changing table and create storage for wipes, diapers, etc. within the given space
49 Buy functional furniture especially on the kid’s room
50 Create a recessed pantry with sliding doors and adjustable shelves
51 If possible, create secret storages on the floor
52 Install laundry sorters on the bathroom with a collapsible folding table
53 Buy a bathtub with built-in storage for towels and linens
54 Put trundle beds for adults and bunk beds for kids
55 Install pigeonholes on powder rooms
56 Put a small table with drawers or rollout bins on the entryway and foyer
57 Mount a nightstand on the bedroom wall
58 Mount a lamp on the wall perhaps atop the nightstand
59 Use gauzy curtains as window treatments
60 Use a rollout desktop on the home office
61 Carve out space on the wall enough for a working desk
62 Cover a wall on the home office with chalkboard paint for a floor-to-ceiling message board
63 Install pantry dividers to store cutting boards, baking sheets, platters, etc.
64 Put a seasoning stand to free up more space on the kitchen cabinet and counter top
65 Mount lid racks on the inside of the pantry door
66 Put a kitchen sink organizer
67 Hanging baskets on the kitchen walls for small food items or tools
68 Build a walk-by closet on the bedroom wall
69 Install a crafts cupboard on the play room
70 Mount a windowsill extension
71 Mount magnetic strips on the walls
72 Put office supplies and other supplies on a chest or hutch
73 Put brass brackets or bamboo rod as organizers
74 Hang a catchall on the entryway to put keys, trinkets, etc.
75 Put a towel bar on the inside of the bathroom door
76 Put uniform plastic bottles for shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, etc.
77 Use sliding doors on cabinets
78 Repurpose old windows as kitchen separators
79 Put a ladder or ladders on dead spaces as extra hanger
80 Build a slim spice rack cabinet
No matter how limited the space there is, it only takes creativity and a little imagination. Just take a second look at your condo. Pinpoint the area that can be improved into a space-saver. Then, decide if you want to do it by yourself or have someone else to do it for you.
Remember that creating space-savers need not be expensive. There are many DIY kits online that you can use. You can also browse for inspirations from the Internet. You can solicit ideas from your family and friends.
Living in a condo doesn’t mean sacrificing the quality of life that you deserve having all the clutters around. There are many ways to save space, some of which are outlined above. However, not all the tips above are applicable to all condos. Space-saving is mostly about your needs for additional space.
You can always look for ideas on how to maximize the use of any given space. Thereby, it is important that you know what you want and where you want it for an additional space.