If you're currently living in a small apartment then you have probably found things are a bit of a tight squeeze at times, especially if there is more than two of you residing there. 'Cosy' or 'easy to maintain' might be the way your estate agent described it to you, but let's face it, a lack of storage or generally not having enough space to live can be difficult. However there are things you can do to make the most of the room that you do have - it just takes a little bit of creative thinking.
If you have a flat screen TV, get it up on the wall and make use of the room that the media unit was taking up previously. If you're not particularly handy in terms of drilling holes or lining things up accurately, don't worry - there are plenty of companies around that can not only supply a TV bracket but install it as well.
Dekomount are one such example, and they have a huge range of TV wall brackets that cater for televisions of all sizes, right up to 90" sets.
Convert furniture into storage space
Storage is always an issue for the small flat owner/tenant - the secret is to find storage solutions in places that you wouldn't normally use. Convert the bottom of your sofa and chairs into drawers that you can keep all of those odds and ends in that are otherwise cluttering up the living room. Does your seating furniture have an open bottom? Invest in some space savers and make the most of the room!
Go Beneath the Floorboards
Why not take your quest to seek out storage space to the next (sub)level? Building storage space into your floorboards is an innovative way of working with what you've got, with flooring joists even providing natural dividers so you can categorise what you keep down there.
This might require a little bit of DIY ingenuity, but once it is completed you can free up a huge amount of space around the house. However, if you're not a ground floor flat it might be advisable to avoid sawing into your floor!
Implement the 'Magic Triangle' in your kitchen
If you're specifically short on space in the kitchen then the 'Magic Triangle' is a great way of making efficient use of the space. The aim of the Magic Triangle is to organise the space in such a way that preparing food is as easy as possible. It requires the sink, cooker and refrigerator to be within a couple of steps of each other which allows you to move between the three of them quickly. Just because your kitchen is small doesn't mean that it is efficient, but by arranging your three main appliances in such a way you can transform your small kitchen into a stylish and efficient space you're proud to call your own.
This guest blog was written by John Rooney in partnership with Dekomount, stockists of a wide range of high quality and durable TV wall brackets.