Optimise your living space
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
With each passing year, housing becomes more expensive, especially in urban and suburban neighbourhoods. Add that to the fact that we live on a tiny island with very limited space and an ever-increasing population, the need to be efficient with the space we have is more important than ever before.
Architects and interior designers around the world have noticed this need as well, and have come up with a plethora of innovative ideas to maximise every square inch of your living space. The use of furniture with innovative designs has helped make this a reality.
You might be planning for a dream home for yourself or may already have a dream home for yourself. It could even be that you haven’t even thought of having your own home just yet.
Whatever demographic you may be in; there are ways that you can optimise your living space.
Creating a living space that optimises the use of every available space is useful, but also expensive. More often than not, you’ll have to rely on custom-built furnishings that will come with a heftier price tag.
Taking one look at the potential price tag when making the change might bring a gasp or two out of you; this would bring up the question, ‘is it worth it?’
To that, I answer, yes
Many benefits, for your wallet and you
Although you’ll be dealing with a somewhat hefty price tag today, having your entire living space optimised to the point where you only need a small living area for all your needs has many benefits, one of them being added savings.
Not only would you require less real estate to live in, but you could also be saving up on construction costs by avoiding the need to build a larger home to accommodate the needs of you and your family.
It’s more likely that you wouldn't have to spend as you would have with energy bills with such a home. The same goes for other utilities.
Because your house need not take a large portion of your property, you would have the freedom of more outdoor space. Be it more room for your vegetable patch or more legroom for your family pet.
In a country where going big is something everyone tries to do with their home, going small but creatively efficient also adds character and a unique flavour to your home, and surely will wow any guest who steps inside. So you’re now convinced and have decided to reap the benefits. Then arises the golden question, ‘how are you going to do it?’
Going vertical doesn’t just mean adding more storeys to your house. Using the vertical space on each floor to its maximum allows you more room to walk around and prevents you from having that ‘cramped’ feeling while indoors.
Waste no space
Make sure that your home is efficient in the way it handles its indoor space. This is true especially when it comes to dealing with storage space. Individual steps of a staircase, storage drawers under the bed; don’t waste any space.
Utilising furniture that folds away when not in use is another great way to maximise your use of space.
Be bold, be creative
The way you utilise the living space of your home can differ a lot depending on the layout of the home, overall budget and personal preference. That’s why you shouldn’t be afraid to make bold creative choices when planning out how to use your home’s living space.
Work with the pros
Have a basic idea in your mind and consult with an interior architect to help craft the best indoor space possible for you to achieve the desired result. They’ll know exactly how to pick the best layout and furnishing you need to optimise your indoor space.