Using space strategically is essential if you are building a skinny home on a narrow lot. Doing that will ensure that the needs of you and your family are met. If that seems like a challenge, these useful tips can help you get the most out of a small space, and at the same time create a home that is appealing and stylish as well as functional.
1) Go with multi-purpose rooms
Designing rooms that have different functions is one way to be creative and make sure a shortage of space works for you. Combining functions that would normally happen in different rooms or areas, such as eating, working, and living is the smart way to tackle the problem of living in a skinny home on a narrow lot.
It’s easy to live and eat in the same room if you design an open plan living area. And a study nook or alcove can take the place of a dedicated office if you don’t have the space for that luxury.
Shelving, room dividers, and even the careful placement of rugs, furniture, and plants can all help to divide a space up into different zones. If you don’t have as much space as you need, it’s an easy and affordable way to create a multi-purpose room.
2) Maximize storage
It’s easier than you think to incorporate storage into a narrow or small home without taking up more space than you can afford. Creating solutions for storage that don’t take up too much of your living space is the answer, and if you are anxious about the lack of storage, this approach can solve the problem.
Some furniture actually doubles as storage space, eliminating the need for those built-in wardrobes, which may be ideal but can certainly occupy a lot of space. Instead of using a table that has one use, think of side units that have storage drawers, a bed with drawers, and an Ottoman.
3) Use the lighting
Lighting can be your friend and make your narrow home seem much roomier than it actually is. Making the most of the available natural light is important when building on a narrow lot, and one consideration is the orientation of your plot of land.
The rooms in your home will feel a lot more spacious if you make the most of the available light during daylight hours, which means designing your home to have a northerly aspect. And glass doors and windows placed in strategic places can help to welcome the light in and create that same effect of more room.
Bouncing natural light off a mirror on the wall is also an easy yet effective way of making a small room seem larger.
4) Go with the flow
You can create the illusion of more space if you are working with a small space by making sure the different spaces flow naturally into one another. Small rooms can feel claustrophobic and stuffy, and open plan living is the best approach for narrow home dwellers, as it allows you to benefit as much as possible from the available space.
You can also create the feeling of large living space by having a flow between your indoor living area and any outdoor area. And it’s nice to be able to use that outdoor space as a natural extension of your indoor space during the warmer months. Installing glass sliding doors can increase the amount of natural light that comes into your home and help create that natural flow.
5) Use light colours
The illusion of more space can be achieved by using lighter colours, while a small space can feel even smaller if you decorate with dark colours. Focus on using just a couple of different feature colours; your narrow space can seem crowded and stuffy if you use too many patterns, textures, and colours when decorating.
However, a few carefully chosen spots of bright colour can help to bring some personality into your room; it doesn’t need to all be plain or neutral. But chose your bright colours with care and tried not to overdo the effect.