A lot of us aren't blessed with massive bank accounts, so it means we can't afford the biggest homes in the world. This isn't a problem as long as you know how to take advantage of a smaller space. If you don't know how to get the most out of your home you will feel like you're trapped. There are lots of common ways to make a small room appear bigger, but I thought I'd talk to you about some ideas you've probably not thought about before.
Long flowing drapery
From now on you should hang your drapery so it runs from the ceiling all the way down to the floor. Most people don't hang theirs so high and it doesn't create the same affect. You can automatically give any room a dramatic illusion of great height if the drapery is as long as possible. This might mean you have to go out and buy a new set of drapes for a particular room, but it will be worth it when used in combination with all the other techniques we'll look at today.
Raise your bed
If you have children you're probably aware of single bunk beds. Instead of a lower bed there is plenty of room for storage space underneath. This is smart because the area in between the bed and the ceiling is usually wasted. You don't have to climb up a set of ladders to get into bed because you're not 5yrs old anymore, but you should think about raising your bed off the floor. Even if you raise it a few inches you'll have a lot more room for storage space.
Get some large plants
This is another great way to tackle the wasted vertical space in your living room. At the moment you won't have anything that stretches higher than the top of your couch, so you should think about getting a few large plants. They will take up some of the vertical space, but they will also make you feel like your living room is slightly larger. This is because when you're stuck inside the jungle you will assume there is lots of open space even if the plant life is closing in on you.
A standing area
Everyone assumes they need to sit down when they want to work, but it's actually not good for you. You might have noticed standing desks have become very popular over the last few years. You should set up a standing area in your home where you can do your paper work. You will save lots of space because your desk won't need to be as wide and you won't need to keep a chair there. You will discover yourself getting healthier at the same time.
Go with bulky furniture
Just because you have a small living space it doesn't mean you should stick to small pieces of furniture. This can actually have a negative affect because it will take up more room, so don't be afraid of using bigger, bulkier pieces of furniture. Obviously there is a line you can't cross otherwise you won't have room left for anything else. Having one or two bigger pieces instead of lots of smaller ones will also make your room look a lot more attractive.
Don't move just yet
Moving into a bigger house costs a lot of money and it seems like a strange thing to do before you've tried to take advantage of the space you already have. Everything we've discussed today will definitely set you off in the right direction. I'm sure you can get started with a few of the suggestions right now.
Today's feature writer, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger, who often writes for Tudor House, which specializes in Blinds & Flags in Perth. She likes to practice yoga to stay healthy and fit. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.