While a brand new house is likely to contain plenty of space for your belongings and ample storage, it is wise to think carefully about the way you arrange things in the property, and this starts on moving day.
It is tempting just to get everything inside the house as quickly as possible and then worry about arranging it at a later date, but you can save yourself both time and effort – and free up valuable space – by thinking about this in advance of the move.
Everything from the placement of a sofa to the way boxes are stored in the garage and how toys are kept in a cupboard can help to create even more space in your property and provide peace of mind.
While it is easy to separate every house into rooms, it also pays to split up each room into zones, with individual features and character.
This does not mean painting a room four different colours, but rather limiting bookcases, books and other ‘clutter’ to one small part of each room, rather than it being dotted around.
Not only does this provide ease of reference when choosing a book, but it can also be viewed as a homemade private library in the corner of your living room.
Make every piece count
If you are a first-time buyer or moving to a larger home, think about what will make the most of the space you have to play with in your new property.
Always bear in mind room dimensions when buying things like sideboards, TV stands and coffee tables so that space is not taken up unnecessarily and you do not make some parts of the room inaccessible.
Designer Ken Fulk advises using two small coffee tables rather than one large one, as they are not only simpler to navigate, but also easier to relocate.
Think big, but minimally
In contrast to the smaller but fewer approach, families with lots of furniture or those downsizing could consider locating large pieces as the focal point in rooms and doing away with smaller items.
A large four-poster bed will look impressive in any bedroom, particular one with built-in wardrobes, which allows the rest of the space to breathe and makes the whole room seem larger.
Look to the sky
There is no need to ensure that every item of furniture or ornament is at eye level – in contrast, consider how high on the wall you can locate specific items.
If there is room on the top of cupboards then use it, while strategically mounting items on the wall can draw people’s eyes upwards and create an even greater impression of height and space.
Always bear sight lines in mind
A clear view from one side of the room to the other is not always feasible, but where possible it is beneficial to create as much space for the naked eye as possible.
In a property with bi-fold doors, there will already be an incredible impression of space through the glass, but ensuring that the front of these doors is not blocked or concealed will amplify the effect further, particularly in summer when the sun can stream in.
Don’t use every bit of space
While it can be tempting to relocate every item of furniture from your old house and unbox every ornament, remember that a new house presents a blank canvas for you to work with.
View the property as a work of art, with the essentials such as the bed and sofa forming the outline of the overall picture, and any ornaments and accessories helping to fill these in gradually.
Something that didn’t look quite right in your old house may do so in your new abode, and vice-versa, so take time after moving in to see what looks good in a specific place before it is nailed, glued or stapled.
Always think of what your future self is likely to do, so refrain from painting around a chest of drawers if it is likely to be relocated or even disposed of at some point down the line – it pays to be prepared.