Narrow two-storey homes are common, particularly in urban locations where the price of land is at a premium. Some people think that such residences are quite limited but the way two-storey home builders construct such houses these days is focused on addressing the common limitations of small spaces. Therefore, you do not have to worry about compromising your lifestyle too much just because you do not have a big house.
Apart from the smart design of two-storey homes, special furniture and strategic interior decorating make living in a narrow home quite satisfying. If you need a few ideas on how to go about this, provided below are six of them.
1.Use glass partitions
Glass dividers that you can just add blinds to (for privacy) create the look of a more open area even if they compartmentalise interior space. Multi-fold glass partitions are even better because you can push and fold them away to turn two rooms into one. And, most importantly, glass partitions are classy. Their delicate appearance makes them an elegant integration into any space.
2.Try large-scale patterns for your wallpaper
A lot of people tend to think that printed wallpaper can make narrow homes feel even smaller. However, rich colours and large-scale patterns can actually make rooms feel more expansive and expensive.
So, do not just settle for monochromatic hues for your walls to provide the illusion of a bigger space because the right choice of big patterns can achieve the same look. Plus, you can bet that your home interior will not look like the usual home interior pictures on Instagram.
3.Incorporate multipurpose clutter-busting furniture
Trunks, ottomans, and lateral file cabinets can corral clutter easily and serve other functions in a room. These can serve as tables and additional seats while also storing or displaying collections of magazines and even dinnerware. Add caster wheels to them and you can place them anywhere you want in your house where they can be quite useful.
3.Design your own bespoke kitchen cabinets and drawers
You can make these storage solutions optimally functional if you use creative configurations such as spinning and pull-out racks and slim slide-out drawers. Bespoke cabinets and drawers will make use of all available space — even awkward-sized ones so you can get the most out of your home design.
4.Turn the stairs into extra storage
Get more use out of the stairs leading to the second floor by turning the steps into drawers for shoes and other small items. Or, you can have them designed in such a way so that every step serves as a lid to a deep compartment where you can keep practically anything.
5.Create a vertical garden
If there’s no exterior space to grow a garden, have a contraption built for a vertical garden. Or, use one of your walls to hold a wire rack where you can hang decorative and even edible plants such as herbs and leafy vegetables.
An indoor vertical garden is perfect if your home has a skylight or a sunroom because the plants can easily get the sunlight they need to thrive. If you want to bring “green” into daily living, this is one of the best ways to do so. The plants can improve the quality of air inside your home, beautify your interior, and even save you some money on ingredients for meals.
6.Explore unconventional shapes for rooms
If you are thinking of adding rooms to the house, consider unconventional shapes. Round rooms can maximise space or make use good of those awkward corners in the house. They also add a bit more character and allow for optimum natural illumination especially if you surround the room with glass windows.
There are still a lot more grand ideas to consider to make a narrow house into a thoroughly delightful home for you and your family. The key here is to direct more attention to the potential instead of the limitations of the space you already have.
Ben White is the Sales & Marketing Manager of Danmar Homes. He has had a passion for home construction from an early age as he grew up in construction and followed in the footsteps of his parents. At Danmar, we believe in building great homes of value for families that want to build an asset and their financial future through housing and developments.