Say you’ve got a staircase that has an empty space behind it. You could use that space for storage, you could do nothing with that space, or you could make it a comfortable little reading room. It could even be a guest room if it’s large enough. Or, if you’ve got a passel of kids, put one of the younger ones there until the eldest moves out.
The point is, just because a room is tiny doesn’t mean it can’t be used, and regularly. You’ve just got to get a little creative. In fact, bring that creativity to the front of your mind, and you could turn even a tiny space like that under a staircase into something beautiful.
Maybe you put a beanbag, flatscreen, and gaming system in that area. Maybe you make it a little art room. It could be a listening room. Perhaps make it a tiny indoor garden where you grow vegetables under artificial light and harvest them at intervals. There’s a lot of potential! Following, we’ll explore some additional ideas like this for little spaces.
Mirrors effectively “double” light. If you’ve got a room full of mirrors, turn on one lamp and it will feel much more bright than the same room with no reflective surfaces to compound illumination. Consider this idea: imagine you’ve got a little room that’s only fifteen feet on a side. That’s only 225 square feet.
Put a partition in the middle with mirrors on either side. Make the partition ten feet wide by seven feet tall, if your ceilings will allow it. On one side, the side facing a blank wall put a couch against the partition; including a coffee table, flowers, and other necessities. On the other side of the partition place a desk. Now you’ve got an office and entertainment center.
Where before, one room would have had one function, with the partition, you can double functionality of the room without requiring a new space. For an added bonus, make the partition nearly as high as the ceiling and use beaded separators to separate spaces. You’ve just turned one room into two. Let the kids play games or watch TV while you work on the other side.
Build vertically. If you can’t build vertically, then design vertically. Have cabinets that stretch higher, not wider. A common room is going to be eight to ten feet high. Most people don’t use the four feet or so of space that’s outside the reach of their arms. Get a footstool and use that space for things you don’t use often, expanding the available areas for other uses.
There are a lot of different cabinets that can help you achieve this outcome. Different styles will have different appropriateness to a given space. At the end of the day, it all depends on your preference. To get your imagination flowing, you might check out these top shaker-style kitchen cabinets.
Small space could seem worthless—but does it have natural light? Say you’ve got a little cupola that juts from a room like a tiny tower. It could be a reading space, but you never use it that way. It could be something you use for storage, but likewise, this just doesn’t quite seem to work. Well, what about making it a miniature greenhouse?
You can plant vines around the top of the space, put poinsettias on little tables in the middle, cacti near the windows looking out, or wherever it suits you to place them. Plants recycle air and make little spaces feel less cloying.
Now granted, you’ve got to keep husbanding those plants. However, this can be something quite pleasant—especially if you use plants that flower with fruits or vegetables that can be prepared into dishes included in regular meals.
Small Spaces That Have A Big Personality
Just because you’ve got a tiny space doesn’t mean it can’t be used for many things. You can partition rooms, you can use foliage to enhance them, you can store as well as decorate vertically, and many other space maximization strategies.
The tiny home movement has taken root in America today, and you’ll want to have strategies at your fingers if you’re living this way. Even a normally-sized home may have a few tiny rooms you don’t know what to do with. There are options, just be imaginative!