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5 ways to enhance space in your home

By Daisy Mason

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For many homeowners, space comes at a premium, especially here in the capital where many of us are living in flats. So today, we're bringing you some clever solutions that may help you enhance the space in your home.

1. Utilise unused corridor space

Corridors are generally overlooked as the space can often be dark and narrow. But this can sometimes be the perfect place for a study.

Studies are often a luxury in properties, but here it’s proven that you don’t need an extra room to create a usable space.

Every inch of this beautiful Fulham Broadway house has been considered to create a stylish yet practical family home. But it is the study in the corridor between the dining room and kitchen that is perhaps the most resourceful use of space.

A desk has been created by cutting into the wall, so that there’s no need for bulky furniture, and recessed lighting reduces clutter.

2. Glass walls

Glass walls help to enhance the feeling of space in any room, especially in a room that has no windows, like the bedroom in this Westminster maisonette.

With glass walls, you are able to have a smaller floor space without compromising on the feeling of space.

They help to make the room feel bigger by allowing in more light and block out noise in properties with a mezzanine layout, like the one above.

3. Roof space and voids

While adding a loft extension to your property may add square footage, sometimes the design of the roof can compromise space in the rooms.

In this Battersea home, the owners have been sure to utilise all the areas in their loft conversion. They have created recessed shelving in the walls to avoid taking up precious floor space and cupboards reaching back into the empty roof voids maximise a space that would otherwise be unused.

4. Sliding doors

The way a door opens into a room will always limit your use of the space. But with sliding doors, you will never have to think about the furniture layout again.

Sliding doors are particularly useful in single or box rooms where the square footage is limited, like the bedroom in this Clapham property – and it may mean being able to fit a double bed in!

5. Vertical radiators

Have you ever tried rearranging your furniture in a room and realised that there’s a radiator exactly where you want to put the wardrobe?

Upwards space is often not a problem in homes, especially in the large number of period properties in London that typically have high ceilings. But along the wall, a radiator can be very restrictive in the way you style a room and sometimes it is necessary to cover them with large items of furniture like sofas and tables.

But vertical radiators may be a solution to this problem.

We are seeing an increasing number of homeowners installing vertical radiators. And like those in this Chiswick property, they can be more decorative too.

Take a look at our home inspiration articles for more design ideas.

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