Fans of HGTV's Property Brothers are probably used to seeing host Jonathan Scott carry out huge renovations and complete home overhauls, but did you know that he's just as knowledgeable about implementing changes in smaller spaces and scales? Inhabitat recently had a chance to pick Jonathan's brain about the tiny home design tips and tricks he's picked up over the years as a licensed contractor. Read on to see his recommendations about how to make the most of cleverly designed furniture and utilize your nooks and crannies to reclaim wasted space in a modestly-sized abode.
KICKBOARD CABINET HACK
Don’t be afraid to get creative with traditional structures, especially in the kitchen. Try removing the kickboards from underneath your cabinets to free up storage for smaller items. These discreet spaces can act as the perfect place to insert storage bins or even install drawers to tuck items away and out of view.
Take advantage of every inch of space in your apartment by hanging baskets in open areas that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to use. While you may already have shelving, don’t let the space above or below go to waste. Hang baskets on hooks on the underside or try installing rods (you can easily set up a spring-loaded one yourself) to hang baskets. The same can work for an empty wall or the inside a bookshelf.
Make your furniture work harder by selecting dual purpose pieces that can offer additional storage. There are storage opportunities in every room when you look for them; in your bedroom, try a bed frame with built-in drawers or use an ottoman with hidden storage in your living room. These double duty items will increase the amount of space you have to keep your apartment clear of clutter and help you feel relaxed in your home.
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EMBRACE YOUR NOOKS AND CRANNIES
Smaller, and especially older, apartments can sometimes have an awkward design layout with sharp corners and large empty spaces under the stairs. Instead of shying away from those spaces or covering them up, utilize the area by investing in custom-built shelving or drawers to create some neat-looking and efficient storage areas.
HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT
Everyone knows that untidiness and disorganization can contribute to a small space seeming even smaller, so get sneaky by incorporating a few strategic pieces that your visitors won’t even know are hiding your clutter. Find an ottoman with inner storage that doubles as a table or consider dressing up a shelved bench with a throw and pillows, your guests will never know they’re actually sitting on a storage chest!
A big thank you to Jonathan Scott for his space-saving tips and tricks! If you’re hoping to make some even more major improvements in your home, Jonathan is working with Dove Men+Care Hair on a campaign called “King of the Castle” to give one lucky family the chance to win some sensational prizes that include smart home upgrades and even a full-scale moat and functioning drawbridge! The lucky family will work with Jonathan during an in-person consultation to choose their prize and bring it to life, so don’t miss your chance to win.