Small houses offer many great advantages to larger houses, especially for people who live alone. For one, upfront costs for buying the house and furnishing it are lower compared to bigger houses. Bills are cheaper and upkeep is easier. But as with everything, it still has its disadvantages. If you’re used to living in a house with more space, the realization that you’ll have to make a few sacrifices might be a bit upsetting. If you have no idea how to go about setting up your small home, here’s a quick guide on making the most of your limited space.
Don’t use up space unnecessarily
There’s a lot you have to sacrifice when you’re living in a small house. Space is a luxury, so be realistic with your furniture and appliances. Instead of buying a bathtub, use shower cabins instead. Instead of a queen-sized bed, just stick with a twin, especially if you’re living alone. If heights don’t bother you, you can build a loft bed so space underneath can be used as a study or office area.
Take advantage of multi-purpose and space-saving furniture
With the rise of studio apartments and tiny homes, you can see more and more space-saving furniture pop up on the market. There are tables that fold into the wall, desks that can double as cavities and a seat tucked neatly in a niche under the desk, bed-frames that double as storage space, and so on. These are great to incorporate into a small house, so try to use them where you can.
Use visual tricks to create the illusion of space
Having too many contrasting colours and patterns breaks up the space, which makes it look smaller. Furniture in the same colour family blends more smoothly together and gives the illusion of a bigger room. Exposing more floor also has this effect, so choose furniture with thin legs. Glass and mirrors also keep from interrupting the sight-line, so use these if you like.
Small houses don’t have the luxury of putting up clear divisions between the living room, dining room, kitchen, office, bedroom, and so on. You’re going to have to accept that some rooms will have to serve multiple purposes. It’s common to incorporate a dining room somewhere in the kitchen or living room by using the kitchen island or the coffee table as a dining table. Your office may have to be set up in your bedroom or the living room as well.
Living small takes a lot of flexibility and creativity, but once you figure out all the small tricks, you’ll find that tiny houses feel cosier and more intimate than wide floors and high ceilings. With a bigger house, you’ll have to stress out about how to fill the space and how to lay everything out to strike that balance between looking too bare and looking too cluttered. In this sense, you might even find that smaller homes might actually be quite liberating instead of limiting after all.