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Saturday, November 03, 2018

How to make Small Houses Look More Spacious

By Kuntal Aggarwal, Founder & Design Head, Resaiki Interiors

Utilizing every corner of your house, especially when the space is limited, would make your place look big with plenty of area to roam around. Many of us make a common mistake of not planning the interior type and arrangement, before moving into a new house. It always pays to make the best use of any unused portion of your home.

We would describe some of the brilliant methods which make a small flat appear big, even with a lot of stuff squeezed inside.

Hidden Storage Compartments
A dining table set with several storage sections beneath the tabletop gives us a wonderful option to store the cutlery sets and save space in the kitchen. Similarly, a sofa set could also accumulate the off-season clothes or other items, for which a separate cupboard is generally required.

Multi-purpose Furniture Modules
Furniture items which are adjustable and flexible to fit a family’s custom needs are extremely beneficial for compact rooms and have been valued over a long period of time. Whether you have a small studio apartment or a large house, a versatile ‘wall-bed’ not only embeds the bed vertically to the wall, but it can also become a workspace with a retractable table, whenever the bed is not in use.

Expandable Furniture
There are lush beds in the market which can easily be converted into a comfortable couch set during the daytime, without any noticeable difference for the guests. Another decent option is a retractable dining table, which can be pulled longer, if the occasional visitors are in the house.

Tailor-made Small-sized Objects
Apart from heavy furniture items, you can also customize small household objects to serve multiple requirements and save a lot of space at the same time. A sitting stool can serve as a magazine rack and a small bedside table.

The Arrangement and Planning
Buying or customizing household furniture is one thing, planning is another. What good is it, if you don’t get enough room to do yoga or move around? Therefore, before placing any piece of furniture, it is important that you make a schematic of the available space and measure the dimensions of heavy objects like almirah, bed and sofa set.

Leaving the maximum space in the middle of the room would provide you sufficient ground to move around and this configuration is necessary with children in the house. Therefore, if you are visualizing to place a nice dinner table in the center, it is better to reconsider if the room is not big enough to spare a little extra space.

Clear out any untidy collection of things which are not useful anymore, for e.g. old magazines, books, toys or newspapers. Too much unnecessary stuff makes a small house restricted.

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