Going Vertical: Make the Most out of Your Small House Plan

Going Vertical: Make the Most out of Your Small House Plan

Making lemonade out of lemons might be an old expression, but the adage is one we all should apply in our lives. If your home isn’t quite the size you hoped for, maybe due to budget, or you’re renting a small apartment, the fact is you can make lemonade out of those lemons.

If you don’t have the square-footage, going vertical is a perfectly acceptable option. What am I talking about exactly? Finding unique and creative ways to display and store your items. There are plenty of great ways to gain more space in small house plans.

Make a Bookshelf a New Closet
You don’t have to store books on your bookshelf. By adding a window treatment, decorative sheet or a fun piece of fabric, you can convert a shelf into a hidden closet. Ikea has very affordable shelves that go from floor to ceiling. Add some containers and you got yourself a great place to store tons of items.

Wall Decorations
Don’t have enough room for pots and pans in the kitchen? Try hanging them on the wall. Not only will they be easier to access, it also adds a modern look to the room. Look how Apartment Therapy does it.

Pots and pans aren’t the only thing you can hang on the walls. Finding shelves to showcase pictures and knick-knacks are a great way to reduce the clutter, and present your treasures in a decorative way. If you have more paper than you know what to do with, stick the paper in folders or paper boxes and stack them on the shelves. The combination of things you can store on shelves is endless.

Storage Bins
Storage bins are no longer big, bulky and unattractive. You can find just about any style you want. If you have a high top table, use that space below to store anything you need. Use colorful or unique storage bins to add a bit of flare to your room.

These may not be able to store anything, but adding a large mirror on one of your walls can give the illusion of more space. If the space gives the illusion of a larger room, you have done a great job, and used your wall space to “maximize” the space.

Ever noticed how large a room appears when there are floor to ceiling windows? If you aren’t lucky enough to have a great window like this, don’t worry. If you hang your curtain rod higher than the actual window it will give the illusion of a larger window frame. Don’t worry, the secret will be safe between us.

Have you made the most of your space vertically? Share your tips in the comments below.

Miguel Salcido is an avid blogger, father of 2, and recent proud homeowner. He loves studying architecture, home design and decor and plans to one day buy a custom house plan to build his dream home.

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