As our families grow the space in our homes can start to feel on the ‘cosy’ side. We worry that we’ll need to move home or extend our house to cater to our growing needs. However, if you’ve found the perfect home for your family and don’t intend on moving there are plenty of options to help you get the most out of your existing space.
We’ve put together our top tips to provide you with the inspiration to get the changes started!
Make use of the space you have
Our first and most obvious tip is to make use of the space you already have. By re-organising and re-prioritising your space and furniture wisely you can uncover far more space than you ever thought was possible!
Repurpose your rooms
Your current study could make the perfect bedroom for your child but this doesn't mean you have to give up your ability to work from home. Make use of your dining table as a workspace during the day or choose a console table that can double up as a great space-saving desk. Alternatively, a larger vanity table in your bedroom can make an ideal workspace.
Expanding your home doesn’t have to just mean indoors. The creation of an outdoor patio or dining area creates an additional space to socialise, eat and entertain. Opt for garden furniture suitable for all the family which is easily moved around to accommodate your changing needs and seasons.
A fantastic way to help the family transition is the use of multifunctional furniture. Choose items that by day can be your study area and by night become your dining table. Cots that turn into toddler beds are a great investment for your children’s room taking them from babies to toddlers with the simple use of a few tools. If you’ve had to create a study or children’s room from your spare bedroom then the use of a sofa bed provides a hidden bed for your guests that can be used as and when needed, saving space during the rest of the year and providing an additional space to sit and relax.
Similar to the use of multifunctional furniture, extending furniture such as extendable dining tables are a smart investment for any family. The perfect size for everyday family meals and easily extended for bigger get-togethers.
The use of benches at your dining table gets more people seated while freeing up space as the bench can be easily pushed underneath the table when not in use. Pouffes, ottomans and floor cushions can also double up as seating when needed.
As a growing family, you can never have too much storage space! As the amount of ‘stuff’ you accumulate grows it can be hard to find places to store everything while keeping the space looking neat and tidy. With the use of some smart storage solutions, you’ll earn both style points and practicality points.
Shelves placed on the wall make a great surface storage space without compromising on floor space. These are particularly useful for storing smaller items when there are young children around.
Beds with built in storage
Chests of drawers are not just confined to being used in bedrooms. The addition of these to the living room or hallway can provide a balance between a console table and storage providing a useful and stylish place to store away your items.
Add comfort & warmth
Create a homely feel for your family through the use of rugs, cushions, throws and other soft furnishings. Not only will these accessories add comfort and warmth to your home but the right rug can help to mark out different areas within your open place living space. Choose a durable rug for the more high-traffic areas of your home and add a pop of colour to inject some energy into your space.
Inject a feeling of spaciousness
It’s no secret that reflective surfaces such as mirrors and mirrored furniture bounce the light around your home, keeping the space bright and adding a feeling of space to even the smallest of rooms. The use of white furniture such as sleek dining tables and bright sofas will also help add a feeling of space to your home. Although these items may seem unsuitable for younger families, the use of durable, easy-to-clean surfaces and fabrics such as chrome and canvas in your choice of bright furniture will mean that spills and stains won’t be a problem!
Creating a space for the kids
Once you’ve found the additional space for your children’s rooms it’s important that you make their rooms work for them and for the space available. As we previously mentioned, the use of transforming children’s beds helps to take them from baby to toddler with ease. Another great option is the use of bunk beds when your children are sharing their room or to accommodate for sleepovers. Many bunk beds now come with built-in desks which helps to extend their lifetime, bringing your child right through school and beyond.
For more top tips and expert opinion on designing kids' bedrooms then be sure to check out the latest episode of The DnA of Home Interiors podcast here.
Extend out or up
If budget allows, one of the best solutions to cater for your growing family is the addition of an extension to your home. The addition of an orangery or conservatory space will open up your living area while the conversion of a loft space can add extra bedrooms to your home. Additionally, the garage space can be converted into a separate living space for older children. While the basement can be converted by waterproofing and damp proofing to become an extra living space or potential games room to keep the kids (both young and old) occupied. Open plan living is always a great option to create more space in the home. An open, bright space reduces the feeling of your home being cluttered or cramped and creates the perfect area for the whole family to gather together.
We hope our top tips have helped provide you with the inspiration you need to get your home ready for your growing family.
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