A home is more than just four walls and a ceiling. The way you arrange your furniture and decor can greatly affect the functionality of your home, both in terms of how you use it and how much space it takes up. Here are some tips on improving the functionality of your home by changing its layout:
Ditch your coffee table.
If you’re like most people, your coffee table has been a fixture in your living room for years. But with its clutter of magazines and remote controls, it’s probably not contributing much to the overall function of your home.
No need to worry though–you can easily replace this piece of furniture with something that will serve a greater purpose. Here are some ideas:
- Use it as extra seating during parties or when extra guests come over (and then remove it when they leave).
- Put storage underneath so that everything is close at hand but out of sight (and reach).
- Use it as an extra surface when entertaining guests–it’ll make cleanup easier!
Get rid of the TV stand.
If you want a TV stand, consider getting one that’s as small as possible. This will help you save space and keep the room from looking cluttered. If you don’t want to use a TV stand at all, try mounting your television directly on the wall instead–it will look great!
Use the kitchen island as seating.
The kitchen island is a great place to sit and eat, read or work on homework. It’s also a great spot for parties–you can put food on it and people can gather around it as they would at any table. If your home doesn’t have an island in its kitchen, consider adding one!
Lower that bed!
If you’re lucky enough to have a bed frame, lowering it can make getting in and out of bed much easier. There are two ways to do this:
- Lowering the frame itself (or mattress) will make it easier to climb onto, but also give more space underneath for storage. This is especially useful if you have limited floor space, as it allows for items like bookshelves or nightstands under the bedframe itself–and even more so if those items are attached directly to said frames!
- Raising up (or adding) a box spring or platform bed will provide similar benefits as lowering an existing one–with one major difference: instead of having only one level on which things can sit beneath your mattress/frame combo, there are now two levels–one above another – meaning twice as much storage room!
Maximize your counter space in the kitchen.
Maximize your counter space in the kitchen.
- Use the space under the sink for additional storage and organization. If you don’t have enough room, you can buy a cabinet that fits perfectly under there and install it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.
- Wall space is another great place to add extra storage options like cabinets or shelves, especially if you have an unused wall near where people are going to be cooking or eating meals at their dining table (which should ideally be located near where people cook). You could also paint over a backsplash area with chalkboard paint so that children can draw on it while they’re waiting for dinner!
Another idea would be adding another surface area by installing some bar stools right above where your sink is located–this will allow everyone who comes into contact with this part of their home every day access while still keeping things neat because everyone won’t need access all day long.”
Have a laundry room, not a mudroom.
A mudroom is a place to put your shoes and coats. A laundry room is a place for doing laundry. For example, if you have an outdoor entrance that leads directly into the kitchen, then you might want to consider making it into a mudroom instead of a laundry room. The reason? You’ll be able to use this space as both–and it will be more efficient overall!
A good way to tell whether or not you need one or both types of spaces (or neither) is by considering how often people go in and out of your home every day. If there are always people coming through the front door with muddy boots or wet umbrellas, then yes: You probably need some kind of designated area where they can take off their shoes before entering any other rooms in your house (like bedrooms). If no one ever comes inside with dirty shoes but they do need somewhere dryer than outside when leaving their jackets on rainy days? Well then maybe just stick with having just one big open area where everything goes rather than splitting up these functions between two separate rooms which would require extra effort when moving between them every time–and that’s not good either!
Create a no-clutter zone in your bedroom.
Your bedroom is the place where you should feel most comfortable and relaxed. It’s also a place where you can get away from the stresses of life, so it’s important that your bedroom has a clear purpose.
To achieve this goal, we recommend creating a no-clutter zone in your bedroom. This will help keep things tidy and make it easier for you to find what you need when needed (and not just when looking for something).
Curb clutter around the house with storage solutions.
The best way to make your home more functional is by reducing the clutter that surrounds you. Clutter can be anything from clothing and dishes to books, papers, and toys. The easiest way to reduce clutter is by using storage solutions such as boxes or drawers. If this doesn’t work for you, then perhaps a closet organizer would be better suited for your needs–but if neither option seems feasible (or affordable), then consider buying some inexpensive plastic bins instead!
Make sure you have places to put things that come into contact with food and drink (like your silverware and wine glasses).
- Wash your dishes after every meal. If you don’t, there will be a pile of dirty dishes in your sink, which is not only gross but also inefficient.
- Make sure you have a dishwasher (and that it works). This will make washing dishes much easier on yourself–and keep things cleaner!
- Make sure you have enough space for all the dirty dishes in your dishwasher so they don’t overflow onto the countertops when they’re full.
- Also make sure there’s enough countertop space available for placing clean plates after they’ve been dried off by the appliance and before being stowed away in cabinets or cupboards again–you don’t want to end up with wet spots on furniture from their soaking wet bottoms!
Don’t forget about hiding electronics by mounting them under cabinets or making them look like shelves (e.g. charging stations).
Don’t forget about hiding electronics by mounting them under cabinets or making them look like shelves (e.g. charging stations). This is a great way to tidy up your space and make it look nice at the same time!
After reading this list, you might be wondering what your home could use. The good news is that these tips are easy to implement and won’t break the bank. You may even find yourself with extra time on your hands because cleaning will take less time than before!