Living Large in a Small Space, Part V

Whether you’re a college student living in the dorms or a boomer considering downsizing to a smaller dwelling, the need for a functional yet minimal living space is ever more important. The small space movement, fortunately, is catching on. Here are three keys to living large in a small space.

Dividing Spaces

For a dorm room, a viable option might be to divide the room into two sides or to choose bunk beds which provide more communal space.

Curtains, screens, and book shelves are optimal ways to either divide a room between roommates or to section off sleeping and living areas. A creative dorm room idea is a hanging garden room divider made from a curtain and faux flowers. A raised floor can also subtly divide sleeping and living areas; this is a common practice used by many all-suite hotels and, guess what, it works.

Furniture is often limited to a bed, desk, and closet area. Personalizing your desk and walls with pictures and momentos adds customization to the small space.

Go Vertical

When space is tight, go vertical.  Use your wall space and your air space economically.  Express and organize yourself in the choices you make for shelving and storage bins to arrange books, decorative items, and belongings. In addition to traditional shelving, there are a wide variety of floating shelves on the market, especially for small spaces and corners.  For imaginative ideas, take a few minutes and visit Pinterest’s listing of floating shelves. These shelves creatively display and organize your items.

Other ways to optimize vertically include mounting your flat screen TV on a wall, suspending your bike from the ceiling, or even hanging dining or folding chairs on a wall. To create the illusion of more space, the addition of a large mirror on a wall does the trick. Just make sure to securely fasten shelves, mirrors, and other heavy objects, anchor them into a wall stud by using a stud finder, such as the Zircon MultiScanner® i520 OneStep®.

Multipurpose Functionality

When downsizing to a smaller living space, the reduced square footage limits floor and storage space and infringes on privacy. For tiny apartment dwellers, the Murphy bed is a viable option as is the Domino Loft System.  It has a sleeping area, work area, room for storage and a guest room (a Murphy bed), all built into one unit.

A smaller space may not necessarily require smaller furniture –  an improved furniture arrangement and an eye for functionality can be the solution.  The nooks and crannies that are often overlooked in a larger home now become valuable real estate for functional furniture or storage.  Furniture can also be repurposed.  A dresser can be transformed into a TV stand in the living room and, in addition to holding dishes and serving platters, a sideboard can serve a dual role as a food pantry.

What ways have you creatively solved your small space challenges? Share your ideas and photos with us on Facebook. Tweet home décor and DIY ideas using #decortrends or @zircontools. For more small space living ideas, visit www.zircon.com or read more blogs here.

References:

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/create-personal-space/

http://www.mydomaine.com/small-apartment-decorating-tips

http://www.zircon.com/tools/multiscanner-i520-onestep/

https://makespace.com/blog/posts/domino-loft-system/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201611_idde01a/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/ideas/201744_idde03a/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/a-design-bloggers-rental-advice-for-small-space-dwellers/2015/10/19/4ae55be8-7377-11e5-8248-98e0f5a2e830_story.html

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Living Large in a Small Space Part 2

Whether you’ve just settled into your first studio apartment, are downsizing from a larger home, or just want to make the best use of tight quarters, living large in a small space can be a paramount goal.

Maximize your home’s functionality and enlarge your living space with these simple tips.

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  • Less is more. When shopping for your new paradise, look for versatile and smaller sized furniture, and give thought to dual purpose pieces that can hide clutter within tables or in seating with built-in storage. Coffee tables offer diverse options, from built-in ottomans and/or stools to ones with a lift top that can double as a desk or become a pseudo dining room table. A novel idea featured on DIY Network is to turn wagons into mobile seating.
  • Ingenuity reigns.Take old suitcases and transform them into an end table or how about using lockers within a kids’ room? Embellish your walls with artwork, decorative display shelves, a wall mounted flat screen TV, or a framed mirror that will not only add more light, but will make the entire space look bigger. For larger objects, safely anchor them into a wall stud or ceiling joist by using a Zircon® stud finder, such as the MultiScanner® i520.
  • Organize with book shelves, cubicle units, or ladders that can accommodate fabric or straw storage drawers. Built-in storage, drawers or baskets provide ideal ways to help organize a smaller living space. Create art from your momentos with the use of decorative boxes and baskets.
  • Be colorful. The lack of a far/near perspective in a small space is a disruption to positive energy. To achieve a balancing effect, paint, stencil and wallpaper with your favorite colors and designs. Paint the entry and back walls in an accent color, for example, to create a contrasting illusion. Consider track lighting as an ideal lighting option for small spaces.
  • Create mobility. With tight spaces, optimizing square footage is vital. A foldable screen, for example, can provide flexibility to your living space. One moment, a room can be a separate dining area and the next, it can be transitioned into a guest space. Make the screen your own by staining, painting, and/or upholstering the fabric to complement your décor. With creativity, space saving ideas can be a conversation starter and be functional as well.

For additional ideas, visit our Living Large in a Small Space Part I blog, please follow us @zircontools, like us on Facebook, or visit zircon.com. Join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 am PST for our #diytrends chat. Catch the next ones on 10/1 and 10/16.

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References:

DIY Network

hgtv.com

jorgensonlockers.com