It can be difficult to find adequate space in smaller homes and apartments. Small homes can often feel cluttered and uninviting. There is an array of space-saving furniture available that will make your home more inviting and will make the most of the space your home has to offer. Space-saving furniture can be both stylish and functional.
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The family/living room is often the busiest room in the house. Ottomans with built-in storage units offer a discreet and stylish storage solution. Storage ottomans are available in an array of colours and designs. The tops of storage ottomans lift to reveal an area to store books, toys, remotes and more.
Coffee tables that double as storage provide a place for books, magazines and games. Media cabinets can be stylish and give you storage for movies, CDs, audio/visual equipment and games.
Master and Children's Bedrooms
The master bedroom should be a place to unwind. Bed-risers are an inexpensive solution to transform the space under your bed into a storage are. There is a variety of under-bed containers designed to store extra blankets or off season clothes. This type of storage will also free up space in your closet. No longer will you need to step over piles of shoes and clothing scattered on the closet floor. Store extra sheets, blankets and pillows in a bench at the end of the bed.
Kids' rooms can be a clutter magnet. If you have smaller children, using colourful bins teaches them to organise and keep their toys in their proper places. Loft beds and bunk beds open up floor space for homes with more than one child. Many loft beds come with a desk for school-age children to do homework or play on the computer. For children with friends who spend the night, trundle beds are a space-saving solution. Trundle beds have a bed that pulls out from under the main bed, so it provides double the capacity in the size of a single bed.
Having a cluttered kitchen makes preparing meals a less enjoyable experience. The main problem with storage in the kitchen is that many people don't use the space that's available. Keep appliances and items used the most within reach, and store the items that are seldom used out of the way. Cabinets should have efficient organisers, lazy Susans and pull-out drawers.
Ceiling racks keep pots and pans out of the way. Two areas are often overlooked: the top of the refrigerator and the oven. Adding deep cabinets here can free up a huge amount of storage. If adding cabinets is not possible, consider using a shelving unit for cookbooks, or a rack for spices.
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