Maximise space in smaller homes - Maplestone

Maximise space in smaller homes

Downsizing to a smaller home doesn’t mean you need to throw out your beloved possessions. We have 5 great tips below on how you can maximise your space in smaller dwellings. 

Ask an expert

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a builder with experience in building compact homes. They can give you great ideas on smart space-saving solutions. 

Small room, high ceiling

When looking at floor plans and home designs, if you feel that the space is small, check the height of the ceilings. While the square footage will remain the same, the high ceilings help create a sense of space of spaciousness while also allowing you to add in extra floor-to-ceiling storage! 

Strategic storage

Storage may come to mind as the first issue when you’re downsizing, but did you know that there are plenty of spaces and gaps to fit that spare suitcase or that box of old treasure? You can find space under your bed, sofa or even beneath some stairs. Find these hidden spaces and add some smart-looking boxes or trunks for additional storage around your home. 

Keep it neutral 

The outcome of the room can come down to the colour of your walls and decor. Choose neutral, light or pastel shades to keep your room bright and airy. If you’re lacking windows or natural light in a room, adding mirrors to reflect your wall colours will brighten things up too!


Furniture can play a huge role, and if you want to create the illusion of more space in your living and dining room, you can choose tables and furniture pieces with exposed legs or chairs without arms. ​​Mounting your TV to the wall is another great way to maximise floor space and offer a modern and less cluttered look.