Small rooms are… small. They’re difficult to furnish, decorate, or even use. Especially in older houses with a closed floor plan sometimes there exists a room in your home that makes you wonder how exactly were the original owners intending to use it… An extra closet? A really good hiding space? A room in case Harry Potter ever decides to drop in for a visit? Small rooms can be quite mind boggling. There are plenty of decorative cheats you can use to give the illusion of having a bigger space, but structurally speaking, what can you do? You’re in luck, because we’re here with the top three best ways to structurally affect your small rooms into a seemingly bigger space.

Open Shelves Instead Of Cabinets

Perfect for your living room, home office, bathroom, kitchen; smaller rooms often feel smaller when they house large, bulky cabinets. Bulky pieces of furniture also take up a lot of very valuable floor space and real estate in these smaller rooms. A simple solution, then, is to open up your storage options and take advantage of all the vertical room you’ve got to work with.

Whether you’re trying to store your coffee maker and mugs, copper pots and pans, or colorful casserole dishes a set of open shelves in the kitchen will instantly open up the room and give you some more decorative opportunities. In a small living room shelves for you books do best up towards the top of your walls. Placing your shelves up high draws the eyes up and gives you the feeling of having more space. For your home office, set up shelves instead of filing cabinets either over your desk or on the adjacent wall.

Recessed Storage

Another clever way to open up your room is building storage into the room. The best space to use for this is your recessed space. Knee-drawers for office supplies, utensils, or toys and blankets tuck your accessories away neatly without hogging any extra space. Building in a bookcase is another practical way to apply this idea. Having your books up high if they’re only for decoration is fine, but if you want easier access to these items, having a set of custom built-in shelves for whatever storage purpose is a major game changer. Consult with your contractor to see if this option is available to you.

Open It Up Into Other Rooms

You’re not necessarily creating an open floor plan, but if you are structurally able to knock out a wall and make this much smaller space part of a bigger room next to it, then what are you waiting for? Opening up a portion of your floor plan is tricky, especially if you’re dealing with a load-bearing wall. However, sometimes combining the two separate spaces into one nicely flowing room is all the difference you need. You can work around weight and structural restrictions with pillars or columns. When talking through ideas and details with your contractor, ask if this transition is possible. Safety is always more important, so if it’s impractical, your contractor will let you know. They are a valuable resource, however, in going back to the drawing board to decide what options are best for your small space. If there aren’t any structural solutions to you problem, don’t worry. Decorative fixes are still available and at your fingertips.