If you aren’t lucky enough to live in a mansion, it’s quite likely that some rooms in your home are multi-purpose. By that I mean that you use them in a variety of ways for different reasons.. It’s very common that we need to make the most of the space we have which can mean creating pockets of area set aside for one reason, different to the main function of the space. It takes a bit of skill though to get it right, and so I’ve put together some of my top tips for making this work.
1. Attics and Lofts:
These areas are prime examples of utilising extra space in your home. Converting your attic into a bedroom, bathroom, office space or spare room is a great way to make more of your home. It can be expensive and you may need planning permission, an artchitect and a building contractor, but it can really revamp your home and the way you live. Check with the rest of your street to see if neigbours have done the same, see how it looks and decide how you would use the space.
2. Desk Space:
More and more people are working from home, and even if you don’t, many of us like a desk area to work from. If you don’t have a spare room that you can turn into an office, you’ll need to create a work area in another part of the house. Perhaps the corner of a spare room, space on a landing or even in an empty cupboard. Be creative and there are lots of ways to make the most of space you didn’t even know you had. You could even utilise one of the beautiful Oak Furnitureland dressing tables as a desk when the need arises.
Whether you’re inviting the kids’ friends round, or have family that drop by a few times a year, you’ll need to have temporary bed space for guests. For children’s rooms, there are quite a few options like trundle beds and cabin bed/futon systems which will work really well. For older guests you might need something more substantial and a sofa bed would work well in this case. Can you reorganise a room to hold a sofabed? A dining room can often be a good spot, particularly if you can close the room off at night. Alternatively, if you do have a small office room, pop in a sofabed there too, and you have a lovely seating area for visitors by day, and a spare room for guests by night.
4. Kids’ Playroom:
When the children are small, they need a safe place to play that’s in view. You won’t want them playing in their room when they’re little so you need to make a play area on the ground floor. It can often feel like your home is taken over with plastic toys so creating clever storage and a smart place to play is imperative. Perhaps think about decorating one corner of a room with a blackboard chalk wall, a small desk and bookcase, where you can have some storage for the toys too. A soft mat on the floor often encourages play and will help the space feel cohesive and purposeful.
Making the most of our homes is imperative and creating a clutter-free, well thought through space is easy to do with some planning. We would love to know how you make the most of your home? Do your rooms double up and have a dual personality? Let us know in the comments below.