Having a big family usually requires a lot of space. You need enough room for all the children’s toys, your possessions, cats, dogs, and everything that follows a big family lifestyle. But what do you do when your family is growing, but you have limited space?
First of all – don’t despair. Living in a limited space can be a challenge, but it’s not a challenge you can’t overcome. With some careful planning and some useful tips on home improvement, small square footage of your home won’t pose any problem at all.
We did a bit of researching and we’ve come up with this short guide on how to use the most of your limited space to accommodate your big family. So, without further ado, let’s get straight to it.
Keep It Functional
The most important aspect of any living space is most definitely its functionality. Though it may seem hard to make a small space functional, there are some great tricks you can use to your advantage.
Add hooks in your bathroom, so you can hang shelves, robes, and towels. Use floor to ceiling cabinets so you can store all of the necessary items within. Add small coffee tables with wheels in your living room, so you can easily make more space when necessary. You can also look for useful tips on home arrangement, as it can really help you maximize the usable space in your small home.
Modular furniture is also great for other things. You can use it for your living room, in order to create a cozy family retreat during the evening, while, during the day, you can transform it into a home office. When your living in a limited space, one of the ways to make the best use of it is to make rooms as multi-functional as possible.
Use foldable furniture in your kids’ room so you can easily arrange it into a studying area. Drawers are also great for quickly transforming one room into something completely different. Using hinged drawers and built-in closets are always useful when you’re lacking space in your home.
Divide the space with drapes and curtains, and use contrast colors and you will be amazed by how much difference simple steps like these can make.
There is also the option of investing in custom made furniture that will perfectly suit the available spaces. This opens up options and it can also be modular making the most of the space you have available.
Use Vertical Space
When you’re arranging your small house you’re probably always stressed out about how crammed up it looks. You can avoid this by focusing on using vertical space. When there’s no space around you, start looking up.
Adding more shelves and floor to ceiling cabinets will make more room for the furniture and other necessities. Get a bunk bed for your kids to save as much space as possible. Use lockers and shelves in their rooms and arrange them by your children’s height.
When it comes to the kitchen – you can build shelves around the door frame, and you should most definitely use under the shelf baskets to maximize the usable space. With foldable chairs and other elements, combined with the smart use of vertical space, your small kitchen can become a perfect little cooking spot.
Storage is probably the biggest problem when it comes to limited space for big families. Kids grow up so fast, and they grow out of their clothes, they usually collect a lot of toys and other stuff during the years and for some parents, cleaning all that mess is a nightmare. But kids are not the only ones who make clutter, adults are equally to blame here. So, how do you solve this problem?
First of all, you need to make a thorough selection process. You should go through your possessions and separate them into groups. You should organize a yard sale where your kids can sell their old toys, or you can donate all of your unnecessary possessions to charity.
Another thing you could do is to look for professional self storage services in order to store some of the possessions you don’t want to sell or donate. Don’t get too attached to your possessions, and teach your kids the same, this way you can de-clutter your small home every once in a while with ease.
So, there you have it. These tips and tricks are just some suggestions meant to point you in the right direction when it comes to your small home arrangement. It’s important to talk with your family and plan all of it together. Make your home arrangement process fun for everybody and you will soon find yourself with quite a lot of ideas on how to adapt your tiny home for your big family.
Sasha Duncan is a journalist and literature enthusiast who enjoys writing and learning new things about interior design. She loves reading crime novels and being with her dogs, Maya and Buster.