Truth be told, not everybody's been blessed with the luxury of large rooms – myself included – so oftentimes, we've got to get creative to make the most of even the smallest of spaces.
While there are many different ways to make your home feel bigger without making structural changes, there's one furniture trick, in particular, that does the job without breaking the bank. And when you realise how easy it is, you'll wish you had done it sooner.
Few know that raising your furniture by adding feet or legs to them can instantly increase the look and feel of a room, not to mention, it's quite the novelty as you can turn your furniture classics into bespoke pieces unique to you.
Raising furniture trick to make a room look bigger
'Whether it's stacking more cabinets or going for extra shelving, whatever it is, use it. If you don't take up valuable floor space, it will feel bigger,' says Jen Nash, senior design lead at Magnet Trade.
Therefore, it's no surprise that raising your furniture to utilise that vertical space will also do the trick in instantly transforming a space and making it look a lot roomier.
Jenny Shu, interiors expert at Property Rescue explains, 'One of the reasons for this is because by raising furniture off the floor, light is able to pass underneath it, therefore creating a feeling of openness and space. It's a visual trick that really creates a perception of more room.'
'This new gap between the furniture and floor also allows light to flow under the furniture and around the room, again creating the perception of a larger space. What's more, being able to see under furniture and more of the flooring means your eyeline has a direct path around the room which again can make it feel like a bigger space.'
If you want to up the ante even more with this visual trick, it's important to also consider the colour and finish of the furniture legs.
Jenny advises we opt for light-coloured legs to enhance the overall look and feel, and help to bounce natural light around the room.' She also adds that slim legs will look less obstructive.
This furniture feet set is cheap and cheerful, and does just the job if you want a no-fuss solution to raising your furniture.
Want to add a little bit extra to your furniture? These furniture legs are wonderfully modern and perfect to spruce up your space.
'As well as installing legs to your furniture, you could also purchase raised furniture such as bookshelves and cabinets which are secured to the wall. This opens up floor space and creates the illusion of higher ceilings, again increasing the amount of space felt,' adds Jenny.
For the best results, it may be well worth combining this raising furniture trick with the use of light colours on walls, mirrors, and effective storage and organisation solutions.
So, it appears as though cracking the code to utilise the most of small spaces is to keep everything off the floor – who would've thought? It also instantly updates the pieces you love and gives them a new lease of life, in case you were after an easy way to switch things up in your home. So I'd say it's a win-win overall.
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Jullia Joson is Ideal Home’s Junior Writer. She’s always loved all things homes and interiors, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Nottingham in 2022. Previously, she was an Intern Editor for ArchDaily. Now focused on news stories, Jullia can be found down the TikTok and Pinterest rabbit hole scrolling through any new and upcoming trends, hacks, and home inspiration.
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