Savy Space Saving Ideas


I love to watch building and home-remodeling tv shows… it’s fun to see a designer come in and knock down every wall; completely transforming a modest home to provide all the space, upgrades, and glam the new homeowner could imagine… and yeah, they did it all in five weeks!!! 


Must be nice……


 For the rest of us redecorating the rooms we already have is a more realistic option.

(I will, however continue to hangout in home improvement stores just in case Jason-what’s-his-name shows up and chooses me for a complete rehab!)


Check out these ideas for the real world…


For a small house or apartment the standard advice are always  good options.

        1. Declutter - Dontate - Recycle


Keep only what you love and need.    

        2. Smaller scale furniture works best. 


Avoid oversized upholstery pieces, rolled arms, too big sectionals and clunky oversized tables.

       3. Choose pieces that serve double duty or provide secret storage. 

       4. Look up! Utilize the 'space above your waist' with tall cabinents, floor to ceiling shelving or built up cabinetry. 


For a small bedroom closet organizers are a must. A closet with a single hanging bar is not going to cut it. Utilize every inch of space in a small closet with a tricked out closet system. Fun and easy to design and install. These organizers hold so much more neatly, efficiently and beautifully.


Add a storage bed or trundle for lots of extra storage space. This bed (Spencer) has six deep drawers perfect for clothes, linens or shoes. A great summer home for bulky winter comforters and an added bonus… your cat won’t be sleeping under this bed. Also no dust bunnies hiding under there  either!



Instead of the standard long dresser, two tall chests will fit in the same spot and provide more drawer space.


Don’t forget to install a full length mirror somewhere in your room.  WOW!!  It opens up your space and you know you’re looking good!


In your bathroom, think tall – add a cabinet or etagere – something fun, hand painted or salvaged antique.   Oversize the mirror for more light and sparkle.


No great room?  Make your living area feel that way by selecting fantastic smaller pieces – chairs are great, so flexible and comfy.


Maybe a storage ottoman instead of an oversized coffee table, or use a narrow wooden or upholstered bench in front of the sofa.  There is still plenty of room to kick up your feet!


For a twist on tables that hog floor space, try this ….  attach a long, narrow (12” – 18”) shelf along the wall behind the sofa approximately 2” – 3” below the height of the sofa back.  Drill two holes at each end for cords!   Add two candlestick lamps, pictures and accessories. Takes up much less space than a standard sofa or coffee table. Hang a mirror or art piece above, or if you are really handy continue with more shelves.  Bonus – a secret stash place underneath, behind the sofa!


Don’t think that a small room can’t be dramatic or fun.  The advice that small rooms require light walls is old school.  A well designed room allows you to choose any paint color you love!  Go vibrant, rich, or moody and pop it with crisp white trim.  Add a chandelier or interesting ceiling fixture instead of table lamps.  Don’t forget dimmer switches for just the right mood.


No room for a home office? This unique cabinet (quotes) opens to a desk, with lots of storage, too, neatly out of sight when closed.  Tuck this into a corner with a pretty accent chair.



For the dining area choose a table with a self-storing leaf (although, you do have the secret space behind the sofa for a table leaf – if needed) compliment with comfy chairs that would work in the living area too, if needed – creates a cozy gathering place for meals, games, or just hanging out.  Open shelves and pretty accent chests are a nice alternative to heavier china closets.


When accessorizing, keep things simple.  One large piece feels less cluttered than many smaller ones.  Group accessories by size or color, and forget heavy drapes or valences – choose sleeker blinds or shades instead. 


Have a game plan – draw your rooms to scale on graph paper so you are prepared when you shop.  Measure before you buy and choose a sales associate with a design background or lots of experience in space planning.  Take advantage of their expertise. Experiment.. HAVE FUN!!


Follow these simple rules and watch your small spaces live large! 


Who needs a tv remodel?  Look around ….you rocked it like the pros!



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