If there’s no room to grow in your home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add extra living space by utilizing empty spaces in your home. From using underutilized alcoves and corners to creating extra space from the top of your staircase, you can create more room without having to move or remodel the inside of your apartment. Here are 9 ways to utilize empty spaces in your home today!
1) Breath Life Into Your Patio During Winter
Snow and ice might put a damper on your patio, but there are plenty of ways you can enjoy it even during the winter months. All you need is a shovel and some creativity. If you already have a concrete slab for your patio, all that’s left is getting out there with some rakes, shovels, and brooms—and maybe a snow blower if you’re really stuck. After clearing away snow and scraping off any ice build-up, take some time to groom your outdoor space. Use garden shears or an edger to carefully cut back plants and trim shrubs so they look their best once warmer weather rolls around.
2) Decorate Small Bathrooms’ Empty Spaces
If you don’t have a lot of space, you may find it challenging to make your bathroom feel large and open. However, there are a few easy ways to give your small bathroom that spacious feeling. One trick is to go with light colors such as white or pale grays. It makes everything feel bigger without taking up any more room on your walls or floors. You can also use lots of mirrors, which help reflect natural light around your small space. Mirrors also make rooms appear larger because they give off an illusion of depth, something less obvious in small spaces than larger ones.
3) Empty Spaces in Living Room Ideas
Do you have an unused space in your home’s living room that is begging for a makeover? One way you can make use of it is to turn it into a reading corner. The best part is that it doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just cozy! Here are a few tips: Choose furniture pieces with ample storage and durable surfaces so they can double as shelving units; Consider finding an old armchair at a thrift store and recovering it with bright green fabric; Fill up any empty spaces with decorative throw pillows. You’ll feel like you’re relaxing on your own mini-getaway every time you sit down!
4) Empty Room? Create a Game Room
If you have a space that’s already getting a lot of traffic, like your living room or kitchen, but you want to do something with it besides watching television or eating meals, why not create a games room? In some cases, all you’ll need is some new furniture and artwork to brighten up the area and make it feel new again. One of our favorite ways to spruce up our living room was by throwing in an oversized ottoman—it looks more like an armchair than a footrest, but we use it as both! Sometimes, though, it takes bigger changes—like refurnishing entire rooms—to make empty spaces look attractive again.
5) Use Front Door Console Table
If you’ve got a vestibule or an entryway with space, there’s nothing stopping you from using it. This console table, for example, uses a small space very effectively; it could be placed just inside your front door to hold everything from keys and gloves to mail and shoes. If you have children who come home with multiple friends each day, it’s perfect for holding backpacks and phones. But even if you don’t have kids or visitors coming through every day, there are plenty of ways to utilize empty spaces at home.
6) Under-Staircase Storage
If you have a staircase, it’s likely that there is some unused space underneath. Since it’s out of sight and most people don’t think about it, it makes a perfect place for storage. Clear everything out and take measurements of your space before purchasing any shelving or organizing systems. You’ll be able to find something that fits perfectly and keeps your stuff out of sight but close at hand. Make sure you put everything back when you’re done! If everyone knows where they belong, they’re more likely to go back there when needed. The same applies to attic storage; if you can make things easy on yourself by keeping your stuff organized in these less-often-used spaces, then why not?
7) Organize Kitchen Pantry Shelves
A home is an amazing thing, especially when it’s filled with people you love. But let’s face it – it can be hard to manage at times. If your house is anything like mine, there are a million little clutter items spread out throughout every nook and cranny imaginable. One thing that I have found useful (though time-consuming) is organizing all of my kitchen pantry shelves. By taking my extra time to put everything away in neat stacks or containers, I am able to spend less time looking for things and more time cooking! For example, I use small mason jars on my top shelves so that everything can be stored vertically rather than horizontally!
8) Modern Bedroom Furniture
Using smaller furniture items, like ottomans and trunks that can double as tables, is a great way to utilize any empty spaces you have. At Joss & Main, we’ve curated several pieces of modern bedroom furniture that can easily fit into a small space. Take a look at your own home and see what it could use! Maybe even add one of these stylish items to your shopping cart now. You won’t regret it!
9) Install Bamboo Flooring Under Stairs
Installing bamboo flooring under stairs is a great way to add value and functionality. Beautiful wood like bamboo instantly dresses up space and can give you a place for guests to sit as they put on their shoes. The cost of installing bamboo flooring depends on your local market, but it’s usually cheaper than engineered hardwood or solid hardwood. Bamboo floors are also easier on your joints than ceramic tile, making them ideal for areas that see a lot of foot traffic, such as hallways and staircases.