5 ways of making the most of your living space

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I am heavily interested in furniture. I may be a guy, but my passion for good household furniture has me collecting old and new issues of Popular Mechanics, from which I can pick up great ideas on woodworking and things like that. However, I know that a nice looking house doesn’t have to be cluttered with plenty of items that eat up a significant amount of floor space.

As long as one’s basic furniture needs are provided, that should be enough. However, to make sure I can update my furniture at home, I have my own DIY shop where I can create replacement pieces as needed. To optimize any living space, these are the things we can do.


Create zones that trick the eye to think how expansive and also versatile the areas are.

You and I have living spaces that we do plenty in. We sleep, eat, work, relax, and entertain other people right where we live. Even if we have to maximize space and make each area flow into the other in an innovative manner, there has to be a set boundary where each task can be done comfortably and well.

Subtle demarcations such as mats, chairs, display cases, etc., can help set the areas for specific tasks without spilling out into other areas in a disorganized manner. Even if we only have a pad type of living space, we can set an area for the bedroom using a curtained, canopied or tented bed.

A built-in banquette or window seating can serve as a small area for entertaining guests. See-through furnishings, floor-to-ceiling curtains and strategic placement of mirrors can dramatically expand a living space. Choosing furniture pieces that switch-hit in functionality is smart.

For instance, a table can be used for dining as well as for working. Deep sofas or couches and daybeds can be used as beds for guests. With a storage ottoman, you can have a means to store valuables, as well as something that doubles as a small table or extra seating. Nesting tables can be put away to expand the area, as can folding tables and chairs.

Wireless technology makes it easy to reposition objects and lighting in the living space without worrying about access to outlets. Furniture with casters make it easy to change a room’s layout every now and then.


Decorative elements and furnishings should offer maximum levels of functionality without eating up plenty of space.

This way, you can have two smaller coffee tables instead of just a large one so there’s more space to move around in. Two smaller tables are definitely easier to move as well when rearranging items. Otherwise, you can opt to use bigger furniture but only a few in number. However, more pieces can also make the room look larger than it is. Decide on which setup works for you.


Make your living space look soothing to the eyes while having a customized look.

An even-toned room is soothing to the eyes and can fool the mind into relaxing in a seemingly larger space. Furniture, storage nooks and built-ins should be according to your needs while delivering optimal functionality. Cabinets and bookcases can be extended all the way to the ceiling to maximize the space between the ceiling of the room and the top of furniture.

Solid doors replaced with glass offer a bigger-looking space. Larger windows and torn down walls expand the living space and make each area flow easily into the other. Don’t try to overfill every countertop or open space with something. Too much clutter tires out the mind as well as the eyes. The hallways in a small living space can be played up with artwork hung salon-style.