It’s common in the 21st century for many families to have too little home for their needs. Space comes at a premium, and it can be difficult to secure a home that meets all of your needs and wants that’s also within your budget.
The good news is, that if you’re one of those people who never seem to have enough space, there are several things you can do to expand your living space on a relatively small budget, that doesn’t involve moving home or getting a bigger mortgage. Sound good? Read on…
Take it Outside
This might not seem like the most attractive option if you’re in the UK where the weather isn’t always so amazing, but if you do up your garden and fill it with furniture, canopies and maybe even a shed/ summer house if you can afford it, then you will instantly have some extra space to play with, even if you can’t use it all the time, and it is probably going to be one of the cheapest options for expanding your space that there is.
Convert the Garage
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, then take the car out, add some insulated roller garage doors, give it a new lick of paint and voila, you’ll have an additional room that you can do whatever you like with. Garages make great studios and craft rooms, playrooms and gyms, but you can pretty much use the space for anything that you can think of. The car will survive outside.
Of course, the very simplest, cheapest way to expand your living space has to be by decluttering it and organising what is left. So many of us live in cramped conditions not because our homes are extremely tiny, but because we pack what space we do have with stuff. If that stuff isn’t being used regularly or it doesn’t make you happy whenever you see it, then you could probably stand to get rid of it, then make the most of the space you have left to organise your space in such a way that more of it is usable. It really can be that simple.
Multi-Purpose Makes a Difference
Another similarly smart and affordable hack to expand your living space involves using furniture that serves more than one purpose. For example, having a comfy futon in your kids’ room will ensure that they have somewhere safe to sleep and that they have plenty of room to play, All you have to do is roll up the futon or turn it into a couch, depending on the type you have, and the space they require will appear. It’s not just futons either; there are beds with storage built in, storage couches and ottomans and so many other pieces that will enable you to make the most of the space available to you.
If you can’t afford to move or build an extension, but you are looking for more space, doing any of the above will help you, and you will feel a big difference in the way you live in the space you have.