When it comes to designing our homes, we’ll usually focus on the areas we use the most and that we can see. This could be living areas, bedrooms, and kitchens, for example. However, it might be that there are hidden gems lurking in the underused spaces in your home that, with some creative thinking, could be turned into very useful areas indeed. Read on to find out what you might need to look for and consider when you’re transforming your home’s underused spaces.
Not every home has a basement, but if you do have one, you should really make the most of this space. Very often, a basement is only used for storage or perhaps as a place to do laundry, but it can be so much more than that if you think about it.
One thing a basement can turn into is a home office, for example. If you thought you would have to move, work in your bedroom, or install an expensive garden room because you’re working remotely now, work with your basement first. Turning this into a home office can be ideal as it’s part of the house, but it’s still separate enough to help you with your work-life balance. Or what about an entertainment zone? You could make the basement into an ideal relaxing space complete with bar, games station, and TV area.
Much like with your basement, most people only use their attics for storage, and even then, they don’t go up there very often – it’s just a place to put things and forget about them. This is such a shame as there is usually a lot of space in the attic; although the ceiling height might be low in parts, the space the room takes up will be the entire area of a floor in your house. That’s a lot of space to waste.
You can convert your attic into another room, like a bedroom, for example. If there is enough space, you could turn this into a full suite, complete with a bathroom and perhaps a study or dressing room too. It’s a good idea to get some legal advice from good solicitors if you want to go down this route, and there will be various rules in place when it comes to adding to your home.
Nooks And Crannies
Look around your home as carefully as possible, and you’ll start to notice plenty of underused spaces in your property. With some creativity, many of these can be used to enhance your home and make it even more usable. Of course, you don’t want to take every available space and make it into something because your home will start to get too full and cluttered, but taking some of them and using them wisely is an excellent idea.
You could, for example, take an underused corner of a room and turn it into a lovely, cosy reading nook complete with a comfy chair, table, lamp, and some bookshelves. Or perhaps you want to use one small nook to create the ideal pet area that doesn’t encroach on the rest of the room.
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