Making the most of small spaces

Decorating small apartments often becomes a headache for obvious reasons: the lack of space leads to problems of organization and order due to the difficulty of fitting furniture, ornaments and necessary utensils. How to solve this ‘tetris’ without falling into claustrophobic and suffocating environments? In too many occasions, we resort to the divorce between aesthetics and functionality in decoration. However, as we mentioned in a previous post, there are more Solomonic formulas for not giving up the beauty and practicality of interior design.

The ‘secret’ lies in making furniture and fixtures appear and disappear, as if by magic, depending on the needs of the moment. But also in distributing and adequately separating spaces and environments to avoid the lack of privacy or the proximity of rooms that, logically, should be more isolated. To help you on both fronts we summarize five ideas that may be useful to you:

Separate incompatible environments

Certain rooms in the home, such as the bedroom or bathroom, need a certain amount of privacy, so it is advisable to separate them from other rooms that are more frequented by visitors, such as the living room or kitchen.

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Contested’ spaces: Bedroom not separated from the kitchen. Via Achados de Decoraçao

The layout of the house does not always make this possible, however. In these cases, we can opt for screens, pallets or some other element that allows us to differentiate and divide environments. Mirrors, curtains with rods or hanging curtains, semi-transparent sheets and dividers that allow light to pass through… can be used for this purpose without detracting from the brightness of the space or making it seem even more suffocating and small.

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Recycled folding screen to separate the bedroom from the living room. Via My Leitmotiv
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Via My Leitmotiv

2. Make the most of nooks and crannies

Places such as the
inner window sill or lofts can be used, for example, as a shelf
or lofts can be used, for example, as shelves, bookcases, cupboards, drawers…

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Sometimes they can also be used to create a dreamy reading corner or a beautiful chill out space by simply placing
cushions and cushions
.

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The stairwell, one of the most versatile corners when it comes to using space, can also be used for this purpose. With a little ingenuity it is possible to convert it into an office, bathroom and even a kitchen. Its possibilities as a pantry or storage space are many.

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Making the most of small spaces
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3. Take advantage of ‘dead’ spaces in the furniture.

Certain pieces of furniture, including the bed, can be used as storage spaces, either by incorporating drawers or by converting their sides into shelves. This same formula can be used with wooden steps, for example.

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4. Use multifunctional furniture that takes up little space.

American bars in which stools can be ‘hidden’, tables that also allow chairs to be incorporated inside them – such as the Quatro
like the Quatro
-, trunks that
serve as a table or seat
shelves that can be used as a sofa and storage space,
beds
y
folding poufs
… there are numerous modular furniture and multiple personality that make us much easier to use space and order in the home.

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For this reason, if we face the decoration of a mini-flat, it is necessary to think twice before choosing the furniture. Hanging or ladder-shaped shelves and poufs, which provide seating without taking up too much space, are always a good choice.

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Puff to take advantage of the space. Via Achados de Decoraçao
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5. Opt for simplicity

Small spaces are often overloaded in an attempt to fit in details and furnishings. This is a common mistake that can be avoided by opting for simplicity as a maxim of beauty. Open spaces, in which light is used and the feeling of spaciousness is multiplied by using appropriate colors -for example, white- and the right details to create a cozy atmosphere are very attractive. For the same reason, far from being obsessed with ornamenting every corner, it is preferable to bet on what is necessary to give personality to the house and keep it organized.

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Housing of 11 m2. Decoration Accessories
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