I Need Some Space!

Another bedroom sure would be fine. And I wouldn’t mind an office of my own, a master bath, and one of those giant laundry rooms. Regrettably, we don’t all have the room or the moola to bring a modest pop-out or construct an excess floor. Sometimes you have to contend with the distance you’ve got.

But that doesn’t mean we have to live cramped lives. Its only means we have to be inventive with our usage of space. In a McMansion perhaps a door is merely a door, but at a little home it must do double duty. Below are a few smart ways to raise your living room without adding square footage.

Closets Redefined, Marie Newton

A place for everything and everything in its place. With an organized cupboard or pantry can double its capacity. Make use of all that wall space and hide stuff in closets.

An organized cupboard makes for an organized thoughts. Or it makes it a lot easier to get dressed in the morning. Staggered hanging bars can double the quantity of space you’ve got for clothing and leave a little excess footage for drawers or shelves.


If floor space is at a premium, get stuff off the floor. Like your bed. If you sleep in a queen you’ll be able to gain 40 square feet of distance by simply turning it into a attic.

SPACE Architects + Planners

Bunk beds include sleeping space while conserving floor space. Throw a few built-in storage to the mix and you’ve got a winner.

Witt Construction

Doors are often a waste of space. You can not place furniture in front of them. You can not hang stuff on all these. However, you can turn them into bookshelves, upping your wall space and your knickknack-placement chances.

Bruce D. Nagel Architect

A sliding bookshelf door doesn’t even want the room to swing.

Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers

Under-stair bookcases can give you tons of space in a place that would otherwise only be producing echoey footsteps.

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc..

Have sufficient bookcases already? This under-the-staircase reading nook is a cozy hideaway.

Buttrick Wong Architects

If your literary life is under control elsewhere, how about a pub under the staircase? This could also be a craft nook, a laundry space, or storage for toys. So long as it is not wasted space, let your creativity run wild.

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