Whether you’re planning to add to your family, you need to work from home or you just want somewhere to escape from the chaos of family life, we all need more space at home. If you can’t afford to move or you don’t want to, there are several ways to get more space without leaving the house you love.
Family homes are often crowded with stuff and even if you don’t have kids, it’s easy to accumulate clutter without realising it. By de-cluttering, your home will instantly look and feel bigger. The key is to be ruthless: remove anything that you haven’t used in the last 12 months, or that you no longer want to keep. Take these items to your local charity shop or use Freecycle to find new homes for them; only throw them away if they’re beyond repair.
Make the most of storage
Whatever the size of your rooms, you can maximise the space by using storage effectively. For example, if you have high ceilings, make the most of the height with floor to ceiling cupboards, wardrobes or bookshelves. Use hidden storage such as a seat in a bay window, a coffee table or a bath panel to ensure there’s a place for everything.
Extend your home
When you factor in stamp duty, removal costs, estate agent’s and legal fees, it’s usually cheaper to extend your existing home than to move to a larger property. Removing the internal walls between two rooms will instantly create a larger, lighter living area. Converting the loft, garage or cellar is one way of adding an extra room and it can be less disruptive than a full-on extension. However, if you have a decent sized garden, it’s well worth considering a one- or two-storey extension.
Use your conservatory
If you have a conservatory, you already have an extra living space so make sure you’re using it to its full potential all year round. Don’t abandon it over the winter because it’s too cold to sit in; simply invest in high quality, made-to-measure conservatory blinds that will insulate the room and help maintain a comfortable temperature, as well as providing shade and privacy during the summer.