Depending on your finances and your budget, you can rent a bigger room or a smaller one. In most cases, rooms that come with reasonable rents are usually not very big. In other words, you have to make do with limited space. Space restrictions may cause you discomfort, and you may end up questioning your decision to rent the room. So, what’s the alternative? Can you live in the same rental room and feel like you have all the space you need? Of course, you can! To help you own the space you’ve rented and live more comfortably, we’ve put together a list of 14 space maximizing tips:
1. Find a place for magazines and mail
We’re sure you have many magazines you subscribe to and get mail, including bills and other stuff. Do you have a proper place to keep them? If you keep them on the floor, they might be occupying unnecessary space and make it challenging for you to move around.
Instead, using vertical space is an excellent space-maximizing idea. So, use a magazine rack that you can set up on a wall, and you’re good to go! You now have a place to put them whenever you’re done reading.
2. Choose furniture with storage space
Today, you’ll find a plethora of furniture pieces that serve dual purposes, one of which is storing items, such as books and other things. For instance, you could buy a coffee table that can hold your magazines and books. It serves as a place where you have your coffee and stores your stuff!
Ottomans are great not just for sitting but also for storing things. In fact, you could use a storage ottoman for storing your pillows and blankets, not to mention your books. So, for optimal use of your space, always choose furniture that comes with storage benefits!
3. Add floating shelves
Floating shelves have been around for a while primarily because they can store stuff and decorate rooms. So, go ahead and set up some floating shelves and keep your showpieces, souvenirs, books, and other stuff that brighten up the room.
Interestingly, floating shelves have another benefit. Besides making room on the floor for other items, they make the room look bigger, thanks to their ability to absorb sunlight.
4. Have a folding desk
Now that work from home is no longer an option, but a necessity and the norm, you need a suitable place to sit and work. What can you do?
You can invest in a floating desk to pull down from the wall and use while working. Once you’re done, you can fold it back against the wall and use the space for something else. They come in various shapes and sizes and some of them have storage space too. The only thing that’s missing is a chair, and you have a dedicated space to work in peace!
5. Get a bed with storage facilities
Beds can act as great storage pieces for all your stuff. Buy a bed frame with in-built storage facilities so that you have a ton of space to store your items when you pick up the mattress. As a matter of fact, the mattress works as a protective layer against dust and keeps the underlying stuff clean. If you think you need more space to store things, buy bed risers and place them underneath your bed. Start inserting more boxes of your stuff underneath the bed!
6. Make a nightstand with vintage suitcases
Rather than purchasing a separate nightstand, make one by putting your creative skills to use. Take a bunch of vintage suitcases and pile them against the wall till they reach your bed level. You can use the last suitcase to store seasonal stuff such as blankets and jackets, or things that you don’t need or use much.
Something that might add to the room’s beauty is using colors that contrast to the wall color. If the wall color’s a pastel shade, use several bright colors to liven up the rental room!
7. Personalize your closet for more space
Over time, you’ll keep adding more clothes, shoes, and other stuff to your collection, which may not find room in your closet. So, what’s the solution? To maximize your closet space, first, reorganize everything in it. Throw away or donate anything that you don’t see yourself using or wearing. Here are some additional steps you can take to create more space:
- Add an extra rod to hang more clothes.
- Add side racks for scarves, belts, and ties.
- Add Command hooks to hang your umbrellas, handbags, and other stuff.
- Add more box organizers to store things, create more space, and keep the closet neat.
8. Set up a pegboard organizer on the wall
Pegboard organizers are a fantastic way to organize your stuff in a way that creates more space in your rental room. Buy one, paint it, and put it up somewhere in your room where you can easily access it. The best thing about these organizers is they come with a ton of baskets and hooks that you can use to keep or hang different items. To make them look more stylish and appealing, add a few photo frames.
9. Hang your makeup and jewelry on the wall
Makeup and jewelry might not need too much space, so you need to look for a small area to store them. Put up a corkboard on the wall and use pins to hang all your earrings and necklaces. Add a gilded frame to the corkboard to make it look fashionable. Also, set up a magnetic board on the wall with magnets and stick them to your makeup containers before you put them up vertically.
10. Soak up nature’s goodness with a planter
It’s good to have plants within your rental space because they’re very soothing and therapeutic. Even if you don’t have enough space in your room, you can always get a wall planter and mount it on your wall and add a few of your favorite plants to it. The best way to get started is to buy some herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, and basil. You can even garnish your dishes with them should you choose to cook!
11. Set up a shelf over the bathroom door
Installing a shelf over the bathroom door can be tricky because you might find it difficult to reach the stuff you store there. To make it easier to access the stored things, you can buy a stool. Use the shelf to store your towels, robes, and bathroom linens.
12. Paint heavy wall-sized items with wall color
Another storage hack that can create the illusion of space is to paint large wall-sized items with the wall color. How does that help? Using the same shade of paint helps the items, such as storage units, merge with your room’s background and create the impression of more space.
13. Use more baskets as space savers
Using huge baskets has become a terrific way of storing stuff and creating more space in a home. Buy a couple of them and use them to store anything and everything that doesn’t have a place to store. They’re available in a range of colors and materials, such as wood and wicker, so take your pick and start organizing your stuff!
14. Get more drawer organizers
While drawers are a great place to store things, sometimes, overstuffing leads to a complete mess. And in the mess, you struggle to find the small but essential stuff, like your car or house keys. Any alternatives? Of course! Use drawer organizers to declutter the drawers in your bathroom and bedroom, making it easier not just to store stuff but to find them when required!
We’ve always grown up with the idea that comfortable living is associated with large spaces. While we need more room to move around and not feel like we’re confined to a corner, living well doesn’t mean extra space. As you may have observed, there are a ton of ways you can maximize the space you have and feel like you have as much as you could possibly need to live an enjoyable life. Hope you can use the tips here and get all the space you need!