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Can You Add More Space To Your Home Without An Extension?

Can You Add More Space To Your Home Without An Extension?

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Is there a way to add more space to your home without investing in a costly and disruptive extension? Well…there’s good and bad news! The bad news is that you can’t physically add more floor space to your home without actually building more rooms onto it. However, the good news is that there are methods of creating more space and making your home look and feel more spacious. It won’t physically increase in size, but you should feel less cramped and get more from your current floor space. 

Here are some things you can do:

Build or buy a garden shed

If you have a garden, getting a shed is the perfect solution. It’s far easier to build than a garage, and you can pretty much handle it by yourself. Get in touch with timber merchants, buy all the equipment/supplies, then watch a YouTube video and you’re good to go! If you don’t like getting your hands dirty, you can always buy a pre-built one online. The purpose of this is to act as a storage space for things that aren’t needed in your home at all times. You’ll be amazed at how much space this creates when you remove lots of clutter or items that you use sporadically from your property. It may even let you clear out your attic, leaving it open for a little renovation – perhaps adding a new room to your home without an extension!

Use your furniture for storage purposes

Next, you can create space by turning your furniture into storage space. This works in a couple of ways. Firstly, you can buy furniture that has built-in storage compartments. This includes beds that lift up to reveal a large storage area, footrests where the top can be taken off and the rest is basically a box, etc. Secondly, you can take advantage of the fixed state of some furniture to store things underneath. Again, beds are a great example as you can put belongings under the bed in small storage containers. The same goes for sofas and armchairs – you’re basically hiding stuff under the furniture, so it’s not in plain sight. Therefore, the illusion of more space is created because fewer things are left cluttered about. Not only that but you genuinely do create more space for people to walk around and move. 

Be more organised

Yes, the act of being more organised is the simplest way of creating space in your home. Think about all the different ways you can be a bit tidier or neater. For instance, putting your shoes away in a rack, rather than leaving them on the hallway floor. Instantly, more space is created and the hallway feels less cramped. In the living room, stop leaving things on the floor or letting coffee tables get cluttered. Even the process of reorganizing your furniture layout can add more space to your home. 

So, yes, you can technically add more space to your home without paying for an extension. It won’t make your house bigger, but it will help you open up your property and take advantage of all the space you currently have.

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Creating space

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Creating space

We are currently in a situation of needing to create space, as you may or may not know Danny has now moved out of our family home and is now currently living 3.5 miles away from us. It was Danny’s decision to move out and get his own flat as he has always been headstrong and very independent right from a young age, he knows what he wants in life and goes and gets it, we are very proud of him.

Before Danny move out he told Lee that he could have his old bedroom, as you can imagine Lee was excited to be getting his own room, space that he can now call his own.

When Lee returns back to school in September he will be going into year 11, this will be a very important year for Lee, he will have lots of revising to do and exams to face. In order to help Lee through this important time we are looking to create the perfect quiet space for him to be able to revise. Lee’s bedroom is only a box room and we have not touched anything in there since Danny moved out so Lee is keen to put his personal stamp on the room.

The bed is something that will definitely need changing as it has seen better days. After a visit to Room To Grow Children’s Beds Specialists website I was thinking of a bed like this:

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Photo credit: Room To Grow

Now I think this would work perfectly in Lee’s room, with it being a box room we would be saving but yet creating space. No way would we be able to fit a desk in his room at the moment but with this bed he could have one and it would be giving him the quiet space needed for his revision, it also gives him somewhere safe to store his work after too. His revision could then be done in his room away from all the noise going on downstairs.

Lee is rather excited to be putting his own stamp on his own personal space, he was sharing with Brad before and they both had different interests so decorating their bedroom when sharing proved difficult resulting in wall art on their side of the room.

Creating space is something we also need to do in Brad’s bedroom too, we are always having friends/guests stay over and we thought it would be nice to be able to offer our guest a comfortable bed to sleep in. We are currently thinking of getting bunk beds to put in Brad’s bedroom so then that way the bed is not taking up any space in Brad’s bedroom but yet still there for when they come to stay.

Have you had to create space in your bedrooms at any point?

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