There probably are people who don’t want and don’t need a spare room or a little bit of extra space in their homes, but they are very few. With families growing, parents and/or children moving back in, and with guests who like to drop by, we often struggle to put them all up. While buying a bigger house or moving to another one might be the simplest choice, it’s often the most expensive one, too, so people who don’t have enough money find themselves struggling. If you’re looking for frugal ways to expand your living space, read our five tips.
First things first: you should declutter your home. We often forget just how much space we actually have because we got used to cluttering in our homes. If you’d like to rediscover your home and make a big difference without actually breaking the bank, you should start by decluttering every room in the house. Go through every room and note which things you haven’t used in a while. We tend to collect and keep things we like but have no use for, resulting in cramped homes. If you haven’t used something and it doesn’t make you happy when you see it, it’s time to throw it away or give it to someone. After you’ve got rid of things you neither need nor want, you can start organizing everything that’s left.
An additional room
While building an additional room may not be the cheapest solution, it is by far the most long-lasting one and it will add more market value to your home. You should always check to see what the zoning regulations in your area are and obtain any permits you might need. It’d be a disaster to start building only to find out there are restrictions you didn’t count on. Consult professionals before you buy the material, but know that you’re going to need some paint, insulation, light gauge steel framing solutions, drywall, as well as electrical and roofing materials. Remember that this isn’t something you can do on your own, and it’d be best if you hire some help.
An outdoor room
If you live in an area that doesn’t get enough sun but gets plenty of wind and rain, you might not like the idea of going outside. On the other hand, when you have a space in your garden or yard where you can sit with your friends and enjoy a nice meal or a glass of wine, you’ll feel like you’re a billionaire. It doesn’t matter if you don’t use the space every day; what is more, it means that you don’t have to erect walls or build something new. Simply having a canopy and some comfy furniture will do the trick, and you’ll be able to enjoy fresh air, the chirping of birds, and sunshine whenever you feel like it.
Finish the job
Sometimes you just can’t afford to build an addition to your home, or you don’t have enough space to begin with. That doesn’t mean you can’t do anything! You can try adapting an existing room a bit and/or finishing a job you (or the previous homeowner) started years ago. Attached garages, attics, and basements already have walls and a roof, which means you won’t have to build anything new, simply adapt an already existing room. Refinish and repaint the walls (you can do this yourself), make sure there’s electricity, and bring in furniture. Not only can this be done for a relatively small price, but this way you can also raise the value of your home because you will have more space.
Focus on storage
Another simple, affordable, and convenient way to get extra room in your home is to choose furniture which can double as storage space and to expand the existing storage space. Multi-purpose furniture is a great choice because it will give you the space you need without making you give up on comfort. Comfy futons that can roll out and turn into a couch are a great choice for children’s rooms because they give them enough space to play during the day. Beds with built-in, hidden storage, storage ottomans and couches, and coffee tables with ‘secret’ drawers will not only look good but allow you to keep the things you need close by without taking up much space.
We are all aware that space comes at a premium, and sadly, a lot of people settle on having too little because they fear they won’t be able to afford more. Today, you can add more space to your home if you plan things out carefully without having to break the bank. Talk about your options with friends and family, but don’t forget to consult a professional if you’re planning a bigger change; this way you’ll avoid unpleasant surprises.