Spring is here, so now is the time to have a good look and a thorough appraisal of your home, and start to consider all of the ways that you can give it a boost in time for summer.
One of the best ways to prepare yourself and make the most of your home in the warmer months is to take a serious look at some of those areas that are not being used as well as they could be. Take the time to assess every nook and cranny, and you may find that with a little imagination, you will be able to make so much more of your home than you would have thought possible. So, if you’re hoping to get the maximum enjoyment from your home when the sun eventually shows its face, here’s a handy guide to kickstart your ideas when it comes to making the best use of space in your home.
Under the stairs
It’s an odd thing to consider, but stairs can take up far more room than you think. They’re essential, but if you have space beneath them and it’s not being used strategically, then you’re simply wasting that potential.
Many people throw a cabinet beneath their staircases simply to fill a gap, but that can be very ineffective. Instead, think about replacing that dead space with something more interesting. Build shelves that fit perfectly into shape, and create an easy-to-build bookcase that will add a dramatic touch to your interior decor. You could also opt to take the practical option and use the space for coat hangers and shoe storage.
For the more imaginative, you could even decide to turn the cupboard under the stairs into a convenient spare sleeping space (but you don’t have to have it Harry Potter themed if you don’t want to!)
In the Garden
Your garden is where you’re going to want to take some serious time. After all, as long as the weather permits, you probably want to spend as much time out in the garden as possible once summer arrives, relaxing, reading, entertaining and being with your family.
Obviously, you can opt to build features that will make it far more likely that you’ll be making the best use of space, and many homeowners are building a she-shed or man-cave in their empty gardens to create self-contained areas where they can enjoy their privacy and indulge their hobbies. They can also be used as spare accommodation if you have guests over.
However, making use of the space in your garden isn’t about just filling it up. You also need to look at appearance, and one of the best ways to make your garden look and feel much better is to keep the garden in good order, by pruning and tidying bushes, taking care of plants and flowers, mowing and lawn care. Having a well-maintained lawn is all too often underestimated, and for those in the know, it’s little surprise that so many choose to hire lawn care experts to check and tend to the lawn regularly so your garden looks in tip-top condition.
Transform your guest room
It’s all well and good having a very elegant and comfortable guest bedroom, but maybe it’s time to address whether it truly gets used enough to justify its existence. If you don’t have guests staying very often and the space doesn’t get used much, then perhaps the room could serve a more productive, efficient, and useful purpose?
You could opt to transform the room entirely and convert it into a home office or as a child’s playroom, or even a hobby room. Many people are splitting their guest rooms so that they double their function, acting as a spare space for when guests do visit but also acting as a workspace for more regular use. With the right planning, you may even end up using that spare room more than anywhere else in your home.
These suggestions should give you some ideas on where you can improve your use of space at home, but this is by no means an extensive list. You should also look at key areas such as your attic or basement, which can (with a little time and money) be converted into any number of useful and fun spaces. From extra spare bedrooms to a home cinema, your home is a blank canvas that should reflect you, so study those empty spaces and prepare to let your imagination run wild.
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