The many adverts on television that try to sell us new furniture use rooms the size of a small warehouse, rooms this size may be common abroad, but in reality we do not all live in warehouses or large mansions, the houses in the UK  are of a much smaller size.

Whatever we live in, a house, a bungalow, a flat or even a bedsit, space can often be very tight  and we need to be clever to maximise the room we have.

Below I have assembled some ideas that I have seen that might help you save room around the house.

Where possible I have linked images to more information.


Staircases often take up valuable room leaving awkward shaped spaces below that are hard to make good use of, because of the shape we often tend to ignore their possibilities and use as a dumping ground for footwear, the vacuum cleaner or the kids footballs.

If you have many small items such as shoes; hand tools; or children's toys, then fitting drawers as shown above will maximise the room available

plastic trays and boxes are now cheaply available, creating a simple frame with runners can make use of all the space available under the stairs.

Easily accessible slide out units can really increase the usable storage space for tools, and rarely used kitchen items.

If the space is large enough, why not fit a second toilet for visitors, or perhaps a shower cubicle.

For lovers of books having somewhere to store them often means bulky shelving units which take up our living space. Why not create your own library under the stairs.

If your stairs are integral to your living area, then why not use the space to house your television and entertainment systems.

Keeping your pets off your furniture while out can be hard, and dog cages tend to be too small and restrictive for our pets. Line the floor with easily washable linoleum and there is room for a bed, water bowl and for them to move around.

If the stairs protrude into your kitchen, then the idea above will increase your storage space.


With computers now so popular, there is often a need for suitable workspace .
Many adults work or do work at home, and our children need usable study space.

Old Pantry's, Larder's, Coal sheds and built-in cupboards can be made into practical but discrete working areas.

Reading or writing areas can be hidden away behind doors or a curtain

Under stair areas can be made into practical work or study areas just by fitting a few shelves and a computer table.

Your home office does not have to take up all of your living space.

Even a small piece of wall or side of a fireplace can be better used as a workspace with a few shelves and a piece of worktop.

When room is tight, a fold-up table top can be a good way of adding workspace to a small room.

This brilliant idea is ideal for a bedroom study space, or creating a dining space in a bedsit style room.

If you only have a laptop, you dont need a massive desk. The wall cupboard can store your pens and paper or books.

Do you have two children who fight for desk space?
Divide a long table using a shelving unit giving each their own individual work area.

If room is limited indoors, why not create your office / study space or craft room just outside in an old caravan or motor home.
With a little paint you can even blend it in to the surroundings.

Children will love their own space to do their homework and study, and parents will love not hearing their loud music.

Using a caravan or motor home will give you the seclusion to concentrate when needed, but will seperate work from home areas.


Below is a collection of ideas which will help save space around the home.



If you live in a flat or bedsit, then food preparation or dining area can be limited. This simple idea solves that !


This simple coffee table converts into a desk.

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