Not every unit and room have to fit an elephant in it. Sometimes smaller spaces are just more practical – with less cleaning, less problems with maintenance…
But in order to rent out a space which is not that big, you will need to encourage the potential renters that your room is worth their money, even if it’s not that huge.
Size is not the number one consideration during the room rental process, it is less important than the rental price and location. BUT it may be the thing that makes it or breaks it in the process.
So, what’s the easiest way to make your space look larger? Here are some tips:
Skip the bulky furniture
Choose a step stool or a basic white table instead of a night table. This will reveal a bigger chunk of the wall and make the area look breezier.
Invest in plants
Be it real or plastic – the greenery in the room makes it feel more spacious naturally. The most economic option? Plastic grass or orchids from Ikea – you can get them from RM10 per pot!
Convertible furniture? YES!
A seating that’s also a cupboard. A dresser and a storage unit. They all make such excellent furniture – and the most practical solution in case of small spaces!
Natural light and transparency
Keep these 2 factors in mind while arranging the room. Provide as much natural light as possible – never cover the windows! And add as much glass or transparent elements as possible. Just look at this table – it seems like it’s not even there!
If there’s not enough space to keep more furniture on the floor, stack it on top of each other! Meaning: invest in a bunk bed with a study table or wardrobe underneath. Especially for student accommodation, this is definitely OK -and the young tenants don’t mind such solutions. And for you, it may be an extremely lucrative solution – you might be able to fit 2 beds in a room, instead of 1!
Mirrors are magical
You might have heard it before, but let’s repeat: mirrors naturally give an additional illusion of space. So, if you’re considering some investment into the furniture for your micro-flat, start with a big mirror. It doesn’t have to cover the whole wall, just a part of it is enough. Hang it and see how it works! Sometimes this one item is all you need to provide the more spacious feel.
Small space = round furniture
If you’re still thinking on how to fit a desk in the small room you own, here’s the solution: go for the round table! it saves space, can be easily moved around (since most of such furniture is light) and can be used by a couple of people at the same time.
Horizontal stripes are the key!
You may have encountered this during trying on some of the clothes. Generally any items with horizontal stripes on them make the person or area look larger. Do you remember how wide your chest looked like the last time you wore that old shirt with horizontal stripes on it? Well, that’s how more or less your room may look, if you include this pattern in it. Magical, right?
Space it out
Many people think that you can give the tenant the illusion of space simply by pushing the furniture to the sides, and setting them all against the walls. Well, it’s not always true. The key is to give some space between each of the items on the floor. You don’t need to push everything to the walls, as long as there’s some air between the bed and the table or chair.
Use the mono-colours
To be frank, the worst thing, which you could do in a small space, is to clutter it with tiny, detailed patterns. So forget the flowery curtains and printed wallpapers. Keep them for the mansions and palaces. But for the tiny room – go for simple, plain colours, with no details on them. You’ll see the difference right away!