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Five simple ways to make extra space in your home

Clear the clutter for extra space in your home.

When you’re home with all of your family or even solo but stuck indoors all day, you start noticing little things around the house that need improving. We all need a little extra space in times like this, so how can you go about creating it?

Making more room seems like an impossible task but thankfully there are some clever design solutions to help you do just that. With a little practical know how, you’ll get that extra room and give yourself a little more breathing space.

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Sometimes just creating an illusion of space is just what is needed. One of the best ways to do this is with mirrors. Place them on walls opposite windows to reflect the light back into the room. If your window has a great view, be sure to position the mirror so that view can be seen from inside your home.

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If you need to create some more physical space consider taking some storage off ground. Use antique boxes or build shelves that will allow you to transfer books and plants up and out of the way. Think decorative as well as practical.

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Try using antique chests as coffee tables, or investing in a bed with extra storage underneath. This is the time to think smart about creating extra storage for clothes and books. Transform that under stair cubby hole into a well-organised cupboard and get shoes out of the hallway with a multi-purpose storage box and shoe rack.

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Add a desk and comfortable chair in that spare bedroom or box room and turn it into a working office space. Create more space in your living area for relaxing and repurpose an underused room at the same time.

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If you’re fortunate enough to have an outside space, or even a balcony, think about how you can use it to maximum effect. Add some lockable storage and have garden furniture that can be easily moved out of the way and stored to add room to your green areas.

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Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. 

Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.