A mother’s guide to making space in the home

A mother’s guide to making space in the home

Taking care of the family and the home is always a lot of fun, but one issue that I am sure is familiar to all parents is how to make the most of whatever space we have in the home.

And so I thought that I would compile a little list of some of the best ways that you can create a little extra space by using ottoman beds, going vertical and implementing special space-saving zones. I love ottoman beds by the way! They are great to hide stuff like blankets, duvets and extra pillows.

Zonal living

It’s a weird concept but I’ve found that if I divide a room into different zones it can make everything seems a lot more ordered, less confusing and therefore a lot more functional. Our compact living room has really benefited by having a dedicated kid’s area and then a place for the multimedia systems.

Multi-functional furniture

I’ve also started getting really into multi-functional furniture for their space-saving qualities. Foldaway chairs have proven to be a real life-saver whenever we have guests round, but it’s ottoman beds like the ones at Bedstar that have proven not only to be very practical in their storage function, but they make sleeping so much easier to achieve too!

Go vertical

No matter how crowded your home seems, there’s always some flat surface somewhere that’s waiting to be used as a storage space. So whether it’s displaying those holiday ornaments on top of your wardrobe, or even just putting up some high-mounted bookshelves, there’s nothing like going vertical to clear some all-important floor space.

Find your nook

You can also think about going horizontal in finding extra space in your home. Whether it’s creating a nice little breakfast nook from that unused corner in your kitchen, or even installing a foldaway desk in the middle of a bookcase, it’s all about getting inventive and using your imagination.

Smaller items

So this one is a little bit obvious, but it’s worth saying that if your home is compact, then don’t fill it full of super kingsize beds and overly stuffed sofas. And rather than getting a big coffee table, think about how having a couple of smaller tables could do the job and be much easier to shift around!

The illusion of space

And finally if you’re still saving up for the ottoman bed and are constantly tripping over the ever-growing quantity of toys, then maybe use some aesthetic touches that can at least create the illusion of space. Soft and muted colours like whites and beiges are great for making a room seem bigger than it really is, and they’ll look great when accessorised with your lovely new ottoman bed!

A mother’s guide to making space in the home

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23 Comments

  1. robin Rue
    March 22, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    These are all great ideas. Sometimes I feel like my house is too cluttered and when I do, I go on a cleaning spree.

  2. Kristen Morris
    March 22, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    This are some amazing tips. I live in a small home and definitely need to find some multifunctional furniture and keep things small.

  3. kristen morris
    March 22, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Thanks for these great ideas! I live in a small home and could really use some multifunctional furniture and the illusion of space.

  4. March 22, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    We have tons of multi-functional furniture and it is amazing! So much space to hide the kids’ junk! lol

  5. March 22, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    The “go vertical” is the best advice I ever heard when I was moaning about the lack of space. Suddenly I had all this space to play with.
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  6. March 22, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    These are all great ideas! Somehow, our home is so cluttered. We need more beautiful boxes to hide stuff in ahaha.

  7. March 22, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Great tips! I love the idea of making use of a small space with multifunctional furniture. Any recommendations on multifunctional furniture pieces you have?

  8. March 22, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    This is great! I feel like no matter what, with kids the house starts to feel cluttered and I hate it. I do the zones and it has really worked well for us.

  9. Megan
    March 22, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    YES! I’ve been all over Pinterest lately looking up ideas for smaller spaces. We have 1700sqft which was great when it was my husband and I. Now a dog and 3 kids later we need more creative ways to accommodate all of our stuff!

  10. March 22, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I currently live in a 1 bedroom apartment with limited storage so these tips were very helpful! It feels breathy when a home is not cluttered!

  11. March 22, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Great and informational post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

  12. March 22, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I’m dying right now. I had no idea ottoman beds were a thing. But now … dude, those things could make the space I share with my girls (and their friends) SO much more organized!

  13. March 23, 2017 / 1:13 am

    These are all great ideas thank you for sharing! I absolutely love the lighting tip because it really is true and lighting can really affect our mood but many people do not realize this.

  14. March 23, 2017 / 2:46 am

    Interesting article. I am a believer the more space you have the more you clutter and need more space. I am in the process of cutting down my clutter. I am going to use some of your tips !!

  15. March 23, 2017 / 5:53 am

    I always have a tough time making my house a home. I think that it’s because we live in an apartment and I see it as temporary. But it’s so annoying. Your tips are great and I’m going to try to implement them in my household.

  16. Elizabeth O.
    March 23, 2017 / 6:10 am

    This is so useful. I think creating different zones is really smart and it’s easy for you to keep areas clean as well. I love these ideas.

  17. March 23, 2017 / 6:16 am

    I am loving all of these suggestions, I think it’s really nice to be able to maximize your space at home. I like the idea of having multifunctional furniture.

  18. March 23, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Such fab ideas!!! I could definitely use some of this advice, so clever!

  19. March 23, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    All of these things are great ideas and I know I can use many of them in our home. Especially the use of smaller objects. That is a great one.

  20. March 24, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    Such great ideas! Agree that go-vertical, I really find this actually save empty space.

  21. Laura
    March 25, 2017 / 4:02 am

    A playroom with a closed door would be the best solution I reckon. I’m not keen on having things piled high to the ceiling. A good clean out and minimalism perhaps.

  22. March 28, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    These are some very creative ideas on how to make some extra room! I love it, since having kids, my house feels like I’m living in a hoarders paradise! I’ll have to check out of a few of these and see how they work for me!

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