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Embrace your small space living and be realistic about the space you have

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Embrace your small space living and be realistic about the space you have

Small space living is rapidly growing in popularity. Whether it’s the appeal of enjoying the many amenities and charm of urban dwelling in lieu of square footage, or perhaps you are a first-time buyer or a downsizer, whatever your own reasons, many of us happily live in much smaller homes where space is at a premium.

Having a well-appointed home is not about the size of our living spaces but in fact how well our spaces are designed and organized. Many condos and lofts are now being built between 350 to 450 square feet or even smaller. Creating a well-designed, beautiful home in such small surroundings can be have its limitations, but it may not be as challenging as you first believe. Living in these smaller footprints forces us to be organized, creative and efficient with both our space and our belongings.

When living in smaller spaces, it’s important to remember that though you do not necessarily have an abundance of floor space for either furniture or storage, you do however have wall space. Thinking vertically is one key trick to maximize the comforts of small space living. Whether you use the space over your doorways for bookshelves, or you find hidden space for shelving – there is space available for you and ways to access it.

Fortunately, manufacturers have realized that this is quickly becoming the new reality and are designing products that allow for easier access to the once restrictive areas of our homes to reach. We are now able to have our televisions mount and store on the ceiling or, from companies like Panasonic, we can have easy access to those high reaching cabinets with shelving units that fold down to a workable height; just to name a few.

Another key point to consider in small space living is to purchase multi-functional furniture items. A simple coffee table ottoman can also facilitate storage, and in some cases are constructed with a pop-up desk for those days you may be working from home. However, this concept of being multi-functional also applies to items outside of furniture. In your kitchen, for example, companies such as Blanco have taken your simple sink to a whole new level. Their Quatrus Gourmet Series workstation enables you to create added work space – and counterspace – at your sink … a great feature for small kitchens.

When all else fails, another possibility is to outsource your storage. Companies such as Second Closet are available to facilitate off-site storage of even the simplest of things as your change of season wardrobe, thereby eliminating any clutter or congestion in your home.

Small space living can be fabulous. This does not mean that you need to make any concessions on style or comfort, it simply means strategic thought should go into your design. When designing your space identify and implement hidden areas and remember to choose wisely when purchasing items for your home. Embrace your small space living and be realistic about the space you have to ensure that your storage needs are met without compromising on the aesthetics of your home.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.



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