On average, Australians pay US$8,783 per square meter of space in their homes or apartments. While this is way lower than average prices in the UK ($23,905) and the U.S. ($17,191), Australian real estate can still be costly. So if you’ve bought your own place, whether it be a small apartment or a kit home like a granny flat, keep in mind that it’s a feat to proud of.
But while your humble abode might feel cozy and low-maintenance, there’s the problem of having limited space. It can be difficult to furnish your living space appropriately when it’s under 20 square meters. We totally get it, though. Below, we have listed some problems that commonly crop up when living in a small space and what you can do to solve them.
Problem 1: No space for the foyer
Keys and wallets are some of the most forgotten items when leaving at home, which is why most foyers have a small table for keys, wallets, and other items one would need on the go. But what if your place doesn’t allow for even a small table by the door?
The good thing is that you can create a DIY foyer by installing a floating shelf. It’s narrow and doesn’t take up any floor space but still enough for a potted plant and a bowl for your keys. You can place a small mirror above for a last-minute look before you head out, and then hang some hooks for your coat. Voila—instant foyer.
Problem 2: Not enough space for seating
One of the main problems with small homes is the lack of space for different pieces of furniture. Say you like to entertain. Just how much seating can you cram into your living room before there’s no floor to walk on?
When choosing chairs or sofas for your small living room, avoid ones with wide armrests. You’re losing room for sitting in favor of resting elbows if you choose this type of seating. You can also purchase ottomans or beanbags that you can easily stuff under your coffee table when they’re not in use so that they’re not taking up space.
Problem 3: Not enough space for storage
Since small spaces don’t really allow for huge pieces of furniture such as shelves and cabinets, storage becomes a problem.
Fortunately, multipurpose pieces are all the rage these days. Plenty of ottomans, couches, and beds have hollow spaces between the cushions, where you can store children’s toys, books or linens. You can also make use of your vertical space by installing several levels of hanging shelves.
Problem 4: The space feels cramped
It’s easy for small spaces to feel cramped. With several pieces of furniture and dozens of odds and ends without proper storage space, your home turns from cozy and comforting to cluttered and cramped.
Your small living space doesn’t have to feel small, though. With the help of strategic colors and décor, your home can look bigger than it actually is. Start by painting your walls a light color. Then, add at least one huge mirror. These elements combined reflect natural light, which instantly makes a room feel bigger and airier.
As you can see, small space problems don’t require complicated solutions. Start feeling more comfortable by incorporating the interior design ideas above into your humble home.