7 easy space saving tips for condo living
While there are a lot of great reasons to live in a condo, one of the most common concerns that homeowners have is storage and space. If you’re downsizing, you may be trying to get your 3,000 sq ft. home into an 800 sq ft. condominium and while there aren’t any magical hacks that will make purging unnecessary, there are some clever space saving tips that can help you make the most of your condo.
1. Build up, not out
Most newer condos are built with higher ceilings which give rooms a sense of spaciousness. While your condo’s footprint may not be that big, you can certainly take advantage of those ceiling heights and install shelving units, cabinets and in some cases, even a mezzanine to help store all of those items that aren’t used as often.
2. Install sliding doors
Depending on the design of your condo, you may have doorways that create unusable space or make furniture placement awkward. If possible, consider removing your swing doors and install sliding ‘barn doors’ so that you can create better traffic flow and place furniture and shelving adjacent to doorways.
3. Choose furniture that does double-duty
If you’re downsizing from a spacious home to a Kelowna condo, there’s a very good chance that you will have to purchase new furniture for your new pad - the old stuff simply won’t fit! When buying furniture, look for pieces that include storage nooks cabinets or that work well in multiple spaces. For example, use your coffee table trunk to store extra linens or choose a bed that has drawers underneath to store off-season clothes.
4. Built-ins that are built into the wall
There can be quite a lot of useful space between your wall joists. Years ago, it was common practice for medicine cabinets to be built into the space between your joists. These days, you can take the same concept and use it for other small items like jewellery, spices in the kitchen, and office supplies.
5. Splurge on kitchen storage
The kitchen is one of the biggest challenges for those who are downsizing. Luckily for you, there are all kinds of clever solutions for kitchen storage, from pull-out baskets and lid organizers for pots to solutions that make it easy to deal with deep cabinets.
6. Reconsider where furniture is supposed to go
When you’re looking for furniture, try to think outside the box. For example, a larger desk may actually be the perfect size for your dining room table. A 9-drawer dresser is perfect when used as a t.v. stand and it also contains lots of storage space that is easy to access and clutter-free.
7. Wall beds are your best friend
If you can’t give up your guest room, be sure to get a wall bed. Sometimes known as Murphy Beds, they allow you to store your guest bed vertically against the wall in a faux cabinet. This frees up the floorspace in the room and gives you a better space to work out in or just to work in!