Smart design for a flat; how to maximise potential
Life in an apartment or flat can often feel cramped and claustrophobic, especially if there is more than just you sharing the space. You may think that you are pretty limited in terms of space and design when it comes to a flat, but you would be wrong. Contemporary and smart design can help you to make the most of the space you have to create a comfortable living environment which feels much bigger than it really is.
The illusion of space
With flats and apartments, even if they aren’t particularly small, they can often appear cramped and smaller than they actually are with the blame for this lying with the design and the layout. It goes without saying that natural light makes any space look bigger, but you may be limited with the number of windows you have in a flat so making the most of the light you do have is invaluable. Removing interior walls automatically makes spaces look and feel larger so an open plan design is a big hit in flats. This also allows the light to penetrate the entire space. If you have a flat on the top floor you may also want to look at the option of installing roof windows to allow for more light.
You may not be able to remove partition walls in your flat for structural reasons, but you may want to consider other changes you can make to open up the space. Glass panels and partitions make the space look brighter and more open whilst allowing you to still keep different parts of your flat separate.
Thinking outside of the box when it comes to your flat design can really help you to maximise the potential of the space you are working with. If you have high ceilings in your apartment, then you may want to consider installing an elevated platform which you can use as a bedroom area and so giving you more living space. You may also decide to use an elevated area to create a larger bathroom. Elevating your bedroom area, even just by a few feet, separates it from the rest of your flat without the need for walls which block out light.
Spiral staircases take up less room in flats with more than one floor and open plan kitchen and dining areas also make the most of the space available. Technology can also help you to make the most of your apartment space with TVs built in to furniture, underfloor heating replacing radiators and built in kitchen appliances all making smaller spaces feel less cluttered.
Whilst you may think a flat restricts you in terms of how much space saving can be done, the right renovator can open up the space in ways you may not have even considered.