My favorite designs utilize every square inch of a home. Lets not deny it, we all want more space but we want smart space, effective space, efficient space…not necessarily more square footage, but useable space. So for all my mamas out there that want or need more from their current home, let me share some of my favorite designs that will give you that extra storage area, reading nook or guest bed that you so desire.
Photo Above – Design by Joanna and Chipper Gaines // Photo from Country Living Magazine
Photo (top left) Hus & Hem //Photo (top right) by Kajsa Blum // Photo (bottom) by Sarah La Rose Design
Above are some great examples of how to maximize unused space. All of these areas were not being utilized to their full potential until a few shelves were added – we forget how much we can get out of a basic wall. By simply adding shelves, you can store books, toys, art, etc.
Photo WithinWalls.com Client’s Home
Photo WithinWalls.com Client’s Home
Utilize baskets and bins to store magazines, video games and all your not-so-cute stuff like cords & papers. You can buy these types of “easy install” shelves at Target, Walmart, Ikea, Home Depot or click on the Amazon.com links above.
By Ashley Goforth Design Orange Eames Chair
If you have a larger budget or a really handy hubby, this is the option for you! This built-in really manages to give this room numerous uses. Often you find bookcases with drawers and cabinets, but adding a desk space for a home office or for the kids to do their school work definitely gives this room a few more end uses.
Photo (top) by Joanna Gaines//Photos (middle) Kim Vallee //Photo (bottom) by Patterson Custom Homes
One of my favorite areas of the home to be creative, yet constantly underutilized is the staircase. We usually see dwarf-like closets that are not user friendly and end up collecting more junk than helping us stay organized. All of these designs allow us to gain more “smart” space. One option gives this home a mini reading nook or den, if you will. The other two designs allow extra “usable” storage, keeping the homeowner free from digging through a tight space.
Photo by Interior Housing Biz
Another great option to gain space is to build up. If you have high ceilings and want to add square footage for storage, a den or sleeping quarters, creating a loft is an excellent option. You will often see this design utilized on those “TINY” home shows or in city apartments.
Photo (top) by Jackson and Leroy // Photo (bottom) by Sarah La Rose Design
Maybe you don’t necessarily need more storage but rather, more sleeping spaces for guests, your childrens’ sleep over buddies or grandchildren. Trundle beds and bunkbeds are great options to add an extra sleeping spot without taking up a ton of room; however, you can also turn an old walk-in closet or bay window into a little sleeping nook as well.
Photo (right) by Arcadian Homes // Photo (left) by Home Edit
Some homes don’t have a proper dining room and can only allow enough space for a small bistro table in the kitchen area. Some homes only have a dining room area and no space to allow eating in the actual kitchen. If you don’t have enough seating when guests come to visit, here are a few examples of adding a shelf and some barstools to give your guests (or maybe even your family) a few mores spots to dine.
With a little research, the options are endless to help you utilize every inch of your home. Email me at Withinwalls.com or leave a photo message in the comment section! I would love to see your creative spaces and to share your photos with others that need a little inspo!! WW
DESIGN TIP: Re-working your closets and drawers is a quick and easy way to gain more space. By adding just a few simple shelves or racks, you can really maximize your current storage area and create a clutter free space. The Container Store has great storage options and customizable closet units.