According to a 2018 report by the Local Authority Building Control (LABC), average UK homes are now smaller than ever, so clever space-saving solutions are essential for making sure your home stays clutter free and harmonious. We bring you some top tips on making the most of your space…
As the heart of the home the kitchen is where most homeowners spend most of their time, so clever storage here is crucial. But this doesn’t have to mean you filling every wall with a cupboard. Niches cut into an island are a nice way of storing things you don’t mind being on show, such as cookbooks, or nice cookware/glassware and you could include drawers or cupboards in the island too.
Window seats can also offer extra hidden storage, while making use of otherwise wasted space and offering extra seating. Bonus!
Tall cabinets, and in particular the Blum Space Tower is a winner amongst kitchen designers as it can be ordered in sizes to suit and it holds plenty of drawers to store all your dry goods, and pop up sockets and storage solutions such as these available from S Box are useful as they can be hidden beneath the worktop while not in use and free up wall space.
Even the sink can be converted into extra worktop space, using something like the Frames collection by Franke. And if you can’t be bothered to wash up but you know you’re having guests then you can simply stick everything in the sink and cover it over.
Sllimline appliances are another obvious way of saving space without losing too much capacity, though we particularly like this innovative solution from Fisher & Paykel which is easy to load and also eliminates the need to bend down – perfect for those with limited mobility. The Neff Hide and Slide is a great option too.
Finally, pocket doors, like these Vanquish pocket doors by Kesseler, are a good idea in kitchens where space is at a premium and if you like the sleek look, ceiling height versions can hide practically a whole kitchen or whole run of appliances behind them.
With open-plan living increasingly popular, the living room is now often extended into the kitchen and it’s possible to find media units and living room storage solutions which match your kitchen furniture, to provide a seamless transition between the two spaces. These options from Trend Interiors and Crown Imperial could work well. Multifunctional furniture like storage ottomans and chests or window seats if you have a bay window work well, and vintage luggage can look great in the living room too.
As the smallest room in the house, the bathroom can look cluttered and feel claustrophobic, but with clever storage and some smaller, wall-hung sanitaryware, this needn’t be the case.
If you’re in planning stage and know you won’t have space for a vanity unit to store away toiletries, you might consider having your builder put in a 150mm stud wall. You will lose further space this way, but with that stud wall you can create niche storage in which to store your things and this will more than compensate for that lost space. You could have a niche in the shower cubicle for toiletries and in-built mirror cabinet to store toothbrushes and toothpaste, keeping the basin area free from clutter.
Under-bath storage is also a possibility, if you have room for a bath. A drop-down bath panel offers access to the space under the tub that would normally go to waste and could be the perfect place to store away cleaning products.
Wall-hung storage and sanitaryware, such as the Brioso collection from Duravit and the Euro Ceramics wall hung WC from Grohe, frees up floor space and makes the room appear larger, and there are also some beautiful short-projection sanitaryware options and small footprint baths available on the market, such as the Berwick basin from CP Hart or this striking copper bath from BC Designs. P-shaped baths which incorporate a shower are a great option too.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to make extra space in the bathroom is to do away with the bath altogether and just opt for a shower. Novellini’s Young Bi-folding 2GS shower screen is perfect for smaller bathrooms as it features a rise and fall hinge, allowing the screen to be folded as well as hinged for maximum flexibility within a limited space requirement.
Not only can this be used with a traditional shower tray combination, its minimal design also provides the ideal solution to a wet-room requirement, Novellini says.
In the bedroom, fitted furniture is usually the best option as it can make use of all the available space that its freestanding counterparts cannot. There are Sharps and Hammonds of course, which you will probably be familiar with but also options from other brands including Daval, Strachan and Neville Johnson as shown below.
Under-bed storage is a great place to store things you don’t need often and storage ottomans, like this one from Made.com can provide extra seating too.