Downsizing to a smaller home? Or just want to buy a ticket aboard the minimalism trend train? Either way, decluttering your home starts with your furniture.
While you may love that monster chaise lounge, chances are it’s wasting space and making your home look smaller than it is.
Maximise your space and create the illusion of a larger home with these furniture tips and tricks.
Ditch Bulky Pieces
Furniture should be used to serve a purpose, not to fill a space. Give bulky pieces the boot and replace them with smaller, sleeker designs that offer the same function without taking up the room.
Or, if they’re dust-collectors, don’t replace them at all.
Notorious space-fillers include:
- Outdated buffets and hutches
- Bulky roll-arm sofas
- Unnecessarily large dining tables (when have you ever needed all 12 seats?).
If you don’t use it, get rid of it, or make the switch to a smaller style.
Practical and multipurpose pieces are perfect for keeping your furniture to a minimum and making the most of your space. Opt for items that can double up on duties, such as:
- Multipurpose tables
- Fold-up desks
- Ottomans and chaise lounges with in-built storage
- Sofa beds.
You’d be surprised at the selection of clever, multifunctional furniture on the market, just waiting to make your life easier and impress your guests. (Did you see that, Julie? The desk came down from the wall. The wall!).
Choose Minimalist Designs
Sleek, simple and clean lines as far as the eye can see – minimalist furniture is all about doing its job without overpowering the space it’s in. Thanks to the comeback of Scandinavian style, you can’t enter a furniture store without a minimalist table or chair tempting your wallet.
The key is to choose pieces that effectively fulfil their purpose while taking up as little space as possible.
Furniture Tricks to Make a Small Space Look Bigger
If ditching bulky pieces for compact and multipurpose furniture doesn’t do the trick on its own, these cheeky tips will help create the illusion of more space:
- Transparent and glass-top furniture – From clear plastic ‘ghost’ chairs to glass-surface tables, see-through furniture helps maintain the look and feel of an open space.
- Light colours – Dark furniture can make a room look smaller, so always opt for white or light-coloured pieces. The same goes for your wall and ceiling colours.
- Mirrors – Mirrors and mirrored furniture reflect light and create the illusion of depth, making the space look bigger.
If decluttering your home has left your beloved armchair out in the cold, don’t say goodbye just yet. Keep your bulky stuff in a National Storage self-storage unit until you have the space again.