Maximise A Small Space With Our Clever Convertibles
Jun 08

Unconventional Solutions for Compact Homes

When my partner and I found ourselves the unexpected owners of a quaint 900-square-foot fixer-upper, we quickly learned that small spaces require creative thinking. As passionate home cooks, the first challenge we tackled was the kitchen – a cramped affair with barely enough counter space to chop an onion. But with a few unconventional moves, we managed to transform it into a functional and surprisingly spacious heart of the home.

The key was to think outside the box. Rather than squeezing the range into an already crowded counter, we took a sledgehammer to the 1950s half-wall separating the kitchen from the dining room. This allowed us to install a multi-purpose kitchen island that not only provided ample prep space, but also doubled as our dining table. It was a necessary trade-off, but one that made the room infinitely more livable.

As the Architectural Digest article notes, “We love having the stool setup which makes entertaining and cooking for people more interactive and personal.” And the best part? That butcher-block countertop I’ve been dreaming of is next on the agenda.

Embracing Moody Accents

Of course, the kitchen wasn’t the only space that required some out-of-the-box thinking. Our bedroom, while not necessarily small in terms of square footage, felt cramped due to its limited natural light. The solution? A bold, moody accent wall that ended up making the room feel exponentially larger.

“I left paint swatches up for months and while the darkest swatch scared everyone at first, the more it sat there the more we realized it was perfectly bold – and it made the room feel bigger,” the article explains. Who would have thought a deep, dramatic hue could have such a transformative effect?

Similarly, in my home studio – a deceivingly narrow space – a fresh coat of bright white paint worked wonders. As the article notes, “Switching the palette of the room to all white made it feel enormous.” Sometimes, the simplest solutions can have the biggest impact.

Maximising Every Inch

Of course, when you’re working with a small footprint, making the most of every square inch is paramount. In our case, that meant getting creative with storage solutions – like turning a guest room closet into a fully-equipped pantry.

As the article explains, “The bedroom is on the other side of the kitchen wall and its closet lines up perfectly with where a pantry would be if we were to design it from scratch. So we cut a door out of the kitchen wall, purchased a pantry system from IKEA to build into the closet, and maximized storage with pull-out drawers.”

It’s all about identifying those unexpected nooks and crannies, and then turning them into functional, space-saving solutions. And speaking of unexpected, let’s talk about those doorways…

Rethinking the Doors

One of the most impactful changes we made was widening the doorways throughout the house. As the article notes, “We increased the size of the doorways that lead from the living room into the hallway as well as the side-entrance doorway. We also replaced the single door that led from our bedroom to the back room with built-in pocket doors.”

Not only did this allow for more natural light to flow through the space, but it also created a sense of openness and flow that was previously lacking. And in the bathroom – a notoriously cramped area in many homes – we took it one step further. By removing a protruding wall and relocating the doorframe, we were able to significantly increase the overall width of the room.

The moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to rethink the bones of your space. Sometimes, a little structural reconfiguration can make all the difference.

Preserving the Past

Of course, with any home renovation, there’s a delicate balance between modernizing and preserving the original character. For us, that meant going to great lengths to restore the hardwood floors throughout the house.

“I fought hard for this one, knowing it would be a pain to restore and fill in the floor where it was either too damaged from years of linoleum coverage or had water damage,” the article explains. “There was a lot of robbing Peter to pay Paul to fill in the gaps.”

But the end result was worth it. Those beautifully refinished floors now serve as the perfect foundation for our cozy, vintage-inspired decor. And the fact that we were able to salvage and repurpose the original wood? Well, that just adds to the charm.

Convertible Comfort

As a custom sofa company, Sofas Spectacular understands the unique challenges of maximizing space in compact homes. That’s why we’re proud to offer a range of convertible furniture pieces that are equal parts stylish and ingenious.

Take, for example, our Clever Convertible Sofa. With the simple pull of a lever, it transforms from a plush, full-size sofa into a spacious chaise lounge – perfect for curling up with a good book or taking a midday nap. And when you need to accommodate overnight guests? Well, that’s where the built-in bed feature comes in handy.

But our space-saving solutions don’t stop there. Our Convertible Laundry Hamper is a true work of art, combining form and function in the most delightful way. As the product description explains, “Its slim profile hangs perfectly on the back of a door so you can maximize space in the room. Don’t be fooled by the small footprint of this hamper – it can fit up to 2 loads of laundry.”

And with its top and bottom compartments, you’ll always have room for a little more. Plus, the handy grab handle and shoulder strap make laundry day a breeze. Talk about the Mary Poppins of laundry bags!

The Art of Adaptability

At the end of the day, small-space living is all about adaptability. It’s about embracing the unexpected, thinking outside the box, and finding creative solutions to overcome even the most daunting challenges.

As the Pinterest board showcases, the possibilities are endless when it comes to convertible furniture and multifunctional spaces. From Murphy beds to transforming desks, the key is to find pieces that can seamlessly adapt to your needs – whether that means accommodating overnight guests, maximizing storage, or simply creating a more open and inviting atmosphere.

So if you’re facing the daunting task of making the most of a compact home, take a deep breath and let your imagination run wild. With a little out-of-the-box thinking and the right convertible furniture pieces, you just might be surprised at what you can accomplish.

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