I have a small house, so most of you have seen a lot of this before. But for the purposes of showing how to live in a small space, you’ll see them again.
You don’t have to have a big coffee table. A bench takes up far less room. I have two here together. These were so narrow I shifted one slightly beneath the other.
Also in my living room is a small table I’ve decoupaged that has virtually all of my crafting materials on it. The rest are in the book cases. Use suitcases and baskets to corral things so they’re not taking up much space. They’re easier to locate that way also.
Opposite the couch I have this little area. I like to store items in picnic baskets. I recently painted my two picnic baskets red and blue. You’ve got storage that serves a purpose and looks great.
Also see that the mirror slightly overlaps the painting. They’re both related to the sea. Overlapping establishes a relationship between objects and draws the eye from one to the other. It also helps on space.
Did you see the magazines in the vintage wooden box? Store them where you can look at them again, just your favorites. You can’t beat old boxes for looks.
I have book shelves in my dining area. Since I have just a few kitchen cabinets, a lot goes in here. Joining them at the corner means they don’t take up a lot of horizontal or visual space.
I laughed the other day when a commenter asked if I had all my cabinets with the doors off. I guess they assumed I also had cabinets across the room. What they saw was virtually all of my cabinets. Above the stove is a small one.
The point in the photo above is that if you don’t have enough space, pick up a couple of little shelves like these. They were about $3 a piece. I painted them, then mounted them above the stove. A great place for things related to stirring and narrow objects you don’t have a place for.
There’s a dual purpose here…
Right next to that stove and those shelves is my coffee bar, a kitchen cart left by the previous tenants. I store dog food down beneath behind one of the doors. On the other side I store all my canned goods. So if you don’t have a pantry, you can create one.
I change this area up a lot, since I love my coffee and like to change things up. One way to gain space is to turn a vintage wooden box on its side, and then you have double the space.
So you see having those $3 dollar shelves above the stove means coffee mugs are nearby. Plus the ones I have next to the mini Keurig. I like a 60 watt or thereabouts lamp here. It gives off soft lighting. I hate overhead lighting. Let me repeat: I abhor overhead lighting.
If you want to create a cozy ambiance, invest in some pretty lamps or paint some you have and give them some pretty lampshades. There’s another plus here: you rarely have to climb the step ladder to change the overhead light bulbs!
Keep what you need and get rid of the rest. These pots are sufficient for my needs. I have nowhere to store them but this $10 wall rack. It’s behind the back door out of the way. Saves a lot of space with bulky pots.
Work with what you have. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
If you’re pressed for extra seating, put a quilt on an old trunk and you’ve got instant room for more guests to sit down.
I’m searching the internet for other space saving ideas for small homes and apartments. So next time I’ll probably be showing you some of those.
Tomorrow contributor Dawn from Creative Cain Cabin will be here to display a cozy space.