So there I was, stood in the doorway, finger on chin, staring into our spare room wondering how on earth my office, spare room, gym, laundry room and guest room was ever going to store a family of 3’s clobber.
At the moment the spare room is also my dumping ground, you know when someone gives you a 5-minute warning that they are popping round so you run round and just throw things frantically into a room, and close the door whilst continuously holding the button down on the febreeze? Well this room is that for me. I honestly have no idea how we allow it to get into such a mess and I suppose I do need to look at finding a home for things and finally get round to finishing a job – I start things and never actually finish them! I mean I do the washing, I do the drying then the clothes come upstairs to the spare room ready for ironing however, the iron never seems to appear and the pile just gets higher and higher and higher until I have a meltdown, or my husband starts whinging that he has no clothes to wear.
I am not going to lie; our 3-bedroom Semi-detached house is beginning to feel rather small at the moment. My son George is only 18 months old and his toys are already beginning to take over the whole house. We never had a huge amount of storage to begin with, but after we had George we decided to get some shelves dotted around the house, some bigger wardrobes and more drawers but they are now full – when I say full I actually mean overflowing kind of full, you know when you need to push the stuff right down to be able to close the drawer.
So I decided it was time to sit down at the computer and try and find some ideas of how I can utilise the space and make the most out of the guest room so friends and family can come to stay.
Get the right bed
I began looking at different storage units but the guest room is already full of drawers and shelving units and I literally had no more space for either of those things. I had no idea what to do until I came across the ottoman divan bed. Why didn’t I think of this before? A bed that also holds storage…. Genius! The beds also are sectioned off so you could have bedding for example in one side and paperwork in the other side. The storage area is deep and is the width of the bed which is fantastic. The bed looks like a normal bed and it doesn’t show off your storage, it is neatly tucked away and my guests will be none the wiser. Upon purchase of the bed you receive a 1-year guarantee and you can pick from a wide range of different colours so the bed matches the theme of your room too.
I also looked in to different kinds of cabinets. There are so many different kinds from chest cabinets to single cabinets but the only problem is they take up floor space which is something I am trying to avoid. I then found out that you can use floating storage cabinets which is a great way to free up floor space and store items.
I didn’t realise that painting a room a more neutral colour will make a room look bigger in size compared with a bold colour. I like the idea of sticking to beiges and whites and then bringing in colour with items.
I was always told that if you want to make a room look bigger make sure you have a mirror in it. Mirrors give the illusion that the room does not end which is great if you are trying to make your room look a little bigger in size.