We’ve just finished up a three room project for clients making a major transition, and today I’m gonna show you Room Number 1! I will be following up with the before and after transformations of the other 2 spaces in the coming days!
We were called in because a new bundle of joy will be on the scene soon and the parents-to-be wanted a nursery, playroom, and to transition a small spare room into a space that now needs to pull triple duty. What was a basically a room reserved for the family cat would now act as an office, a guest room, and music room for guitar storage, band practice, with a vibe for song writing! Lots going on in this small space. Check out the BEFORE pics.
Meeting all of these needs would be a pretty large task in an average size room but when you compound all of these needs and put them in a compact space, it becomes infinitely harder!
Lucky for us there we knew 3 keys to small space decorating that ultimately helped make this space show stopper and achieved the clients’ goals. That’s what we’re going to share with you today.
If you’ve got a small space here are 3 great tips to make the most of your real estate!
One: Think Multifunction!
This is a textbook ‘rule’ for small space design. As often as you can, choose pieces that can perform multiple functions. Here the sofa is a sleeper for guests, the desk is cleared for writing and paying bills, but will also hold sound and mixing equipment for recording, and the ‘end tables’ flanking the sofa are actually filing cabinets for paperwork, which will also act as nightstands when the sofa is pulled out. The ottoman in the middle acts as a footrest, coffee table, and includes storage for extras! All of these pieces meet multiple needs and make the room work for all it’s intended purposes. This was our plan!
It doesn’t have to be as extensive as ours but a plan is important!
Two: Make Use of the Walls!
Another major request of the client was that he wanted a place for all 6 of his guitars. He wanted them all in one spot and ideally to have easy access to play them as much and as often as he wanted. His guitars are beautiful and we saw them as art. Instead of tucking them away, we incorporated them into the design by mounting them on the walls throughout the space.
By mounting them we accomplished his storage goals, access goals, and created the ‘musically-inclined’ vibe he was looking for! Even if you’re not displaying guitars, think about creative ways to display would-be storage items. You can use floating shelves or frame unexpected pieces and hang them as art!
Three: Go Vertical!
The final space saving element we added were these Ikea Kallax shelves. There’s no rule that says these guys can’t be stacked. The client expressed wanting a space for picks, cords, songwriting materials and more. He wanted the ability to ‘grow’ into the space having room available for new materials as he acquired them.
Instead of placing the Kallax two shelves side by side, we stacked one on top of the other screwing them together so they would work as a single unit. Going vertical offered the same amount of storage and organization while taking up less square footage in the space. The bang for your buck can’t be beat on this one!
Overall this room feels warm, relaxing, cool, and meets all it’s intended functions! The clients couldn’t be happier and neither could we! See all the before and after shots below!
Next up, one crucial element you can use to majorly impact a room…and it’s NOT color!