When you live in a family home, sometimes it can feel like you are overwhelmed with clutter so any extra space that you can create around the place would be a welcome relief. Well, this article is here to give you a bit of a helping hand. Rather than focusing on the entire house, we will just zero in on the living room as this tends to be a hub of activity and a room in which junk seems to accumulate very quickly. So, let’s cover a few points which will hopefully help you out.
Go up rather than out
One of the most important techniques is to find space which is currently being underused. Rather than going outwards, you should start by going up. For example, how about adding a shelf just above the doorway? Or you could introduce a floor-to-ceiling bookcase into the room. In the living room floor space is at a premium, so if you can transfer items up towards the ceiling, this is a good approach to take.
Get the most out of your coffee table
Coffee tables tend to be big and bulky, taking up a big amount of space right in the middle of the floor. And while they do serve a practical and design-based function, you should also be utilising them for storage space as well. Make sure that there is a lower shelf underneath where you can store books and other items. The same goes if you have an ottoman – choose the variety which opens up to form a trunk-like storage compartment.
Wall-mount and streamline
One of the great ways that you can save some space is by mounting your TV up on the wall rather than needing an extra item of furniture to balance it on. And now is the time to start purging your old DVD collection. With streaming services so readily available, they have become an outdated piece of technology. Another item that you can streamline is your radiator so take a look at http://www.onlyradiators.co.uk/radiators/column-radiators After all, every inch of floor space that you can save is precious.
Utilise every nook and cranny
Multifunctional living space is one of the great modern trends, so make sure that you utilise every nook and cranny to its fullest effect. For example, if you have a bit of space that is going to waste by the fireplace, you could try squeezing in a desk and a couple of shelves to create a work station. Alternatively, you could section off a corner of the room where you put in a yoga mat and other exercise equipment to create your very own mini home gym.
Use the space behind the sofa
When you are hunting for space in your living room, behind the sofa is another area which tends to not get used to its fullest potential. So, you could simply install a shelf which you use to hold books, art and other decorative items. Make sure that it runs all the way across the room so that you have the most amount of storage space possible.
Transform the bay window
Of course, if you have a nice view from your living room window, you will probably want to avoid blocking this off, but if not, this is an area which can be used. One option is that you could fill up your bay window with a built-in seat which helps you out when guests come over. If the seat is hollowed out, you can fit even more storage space underneath so it is a win-win situation! Another custom built-in could be created in a particularly awkward corner of the room – maybe one which has low-arching beams. Get a little creative and you may be able to create the perfect reading nook complete with seating, a bookshelf and a lamp.
Frame the TV
We have already discussed the option of wall-mounting the television, but another road that you could go down is to frame it with shelving all around instead. And, in fact, this creates a beautiful design feature as well. This way, your TV feels like it has a home rather than just being hung up on a bare wall.
These are just a few of the best ways that you can create some more space in your living room so that it feels like a clutter-free environment that you can enjoy with the whole family.
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