When you’re planning out your dream home, there are so many things to consider. Do you want an open floor plan or separate spaces? How big should your bedrooms be? What should the dining room look like? But there’s one thing that can make or break your home: function. If you’ve ever had to navigate around a cluttered space, or worse—move furniture around because of a small kitchen sink—you know how important it is to build a well-designed home that’s easy to live in. By incorporating these functional design ideas into your next renovation project, you’ll create a space where everything has its place and nothing ever gets lost!
Use furniture with storage space.
Use furniture with storage space.
- Use furniture that has hidden storage, such as a dresser or nightstand with drawers.
- Save floor space by using shelving to keep things off the floor: bookshelves are great for keeping books organized and off the ground, while wall-mounted shelves can be used for displaying items like nicknacks or art pieces.
If you’re looking for more storage options in your bedroom, consider getting a murphy bed–it allows you to convert your bedroom into additional living space when guests come over so they have somewhere comfortable to sleep during their visit!
Save space with hidden storage.
- Use mirrors to create the illusion of extra space.
- A sliding door is a great way to hide your closet, but it can also be used as a clever way to make space more efficient. If you have two rooms that share a wall (like a kitchen and dining room), consider putting your pantry on the other side of that wall so that it doesn’t take up valuable floor space in either room.
- Foldaway beds, sofas and futons are all ways to create extra sleeping areas when needed without taking up permanent residence in one place–and they don’t require any tools or building knowledge! They’re also great for kids’ rooms because they make cleanup easier when those little ones inevitably spill something on them after dinner every night…but we digress…
Use shelving to keep things off the floor.
Shelves are a great way to use space in your home. They can be used for storage, they can be used as a place to display items and they can even be used as seating or laying down surfaces!
Consider a Murphy bed for more space.
A Murphy bed, or rollaway bed, is a type of fold-out sofa that can be hidden behind a cabinet or other piece of furniture when not in use. These are ideal for small spaces because they offer extra sleeping space when needed and serve as extra seating during the day.
Murphy beds have been around since at least 1892 but gained popularity in the late 1930s after World War II when many people wanted to maximize their living space with multi-use furniture like this one. Some even have built-in storage drawers so you can store items under your mattress!
Make room for the things you use regularly on the kitchen countertop.
- Use a shelf or a tray to keep things organized.
- Keep your kitchen countertop clutter-free.
- Use a tray to hold your cooking utensils, like measuring spoons and spatulas, when they’re not in use. It’s much easier than having them piled up on the countertop! You can also use one as an organizational tool for other items that are frequently used but don’t need to be right next to where you’re working (i.e., mail).
Add outlets where you need them in your home, not just in the walls.
- Add outlets where you need them in your home, not just in the walls.
- Replace a large sink with a small one.
If you’re remodeling or building a new house, consider installing outlets that are more convenient for everyday use. You can also replace your standard-sized kitchen or bathroom sinks with smaller versions that take up less space and leave more room for other appliances on the countertop.
Install a small sink in place of a large one so you have somewhere to clean your utensils, dishes and hands when you’re cooking and working in your kitchen.
Install a small sink in place of a large one so you have somewhere to clean your utensils, dishes and hands when you’re cooking and working in your kitchen. If you’re not going to need something this large, then don’t install it!
Small sinks are also great for washing fruits and vegetables before eating them. A large bowl or colander can be used for this purpose as well but it’s much easier to use the faucet on the side of your kitchen sink instead of having to go looking for something else that might not be nearby at all times (and may not even be within reach).
We hope you’ve found some inspiration for your own functional home design ideas. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out these tips on how to create a space-saving bathroom and living room setup.