Many Australians wish they could invite more family and friends into their home, but are worried that there isn’t enough space. Luckily, with some simple planning and clever ideas, you can easily accommodate even larger groups without having to purchase a bigger house. Time for more social events with family and friends in your home rather than always going elsewhere.
Declutter Your Home
First and foremost, most people have more space than they realise. Start by decluttering your home to create more room – you may have all the space you need, you just need to free it. Make sure to go through each room and get rid of anything you don’t need or use anymore. You can donate it, sell it, or simply throw it out – whatever works best for you. This will free up a lot of floor space and help you better arrange the furniture in each room.
For some people, the best system is a three-box system, where you divide the items into ‘keep’, ‘donate’ and ‘throw away’. This way, it’s easier to sort what needs to go and what should stay. So long as you declutter every so often, you’ll stay on top of things.
Maximise Your Space
Once your home is decluttered, it’s time to get creative with arranging furniture and making the most of your space. Think about how you can move around items in each room to maximise the area available for guests.
For example, if you have a large sofa that takes up too much space, consider buying an ottoman which can easily be moved around and used as extra seating when needed. You could also get some smaller side tables that can be tucked away when not in use.
If possible, try to keep your furniture close to the walls so it doesn’t take up too much of the middle of the room; this will help make more space for people to move around. Furniture on wheels is also ideal as they can be easily moved into different positions without having to lift anything – therefore, you can just move things around for the day to entertain people.
Buy New Seating
We’ve touched on it already, but it’s worth mentioning again. Investing in some extra seating is a fantastic way to make sure you have enough room for everyone. From foldable chairs to bean bags and benches to bar stools in Australia, there are plenty of options available that can be stored away when not in use.
If you’re looking for something more permanent, consider getting an extra sofa or a sectional. This way, you’ll have plenty of space for your visitors to relax when they come over. Plus, there’s nothing quite like inviting family and friends into a warm and cozy living room.
Spruce Up the Outdoor Area
Don’t forget about the outdoor area – if you have a garden or patio, make sure to spruce it up for your guests. This way, you can entertain more people than just inside the house. Add some comfortable seating and tables, a BBQ grill, outdoor lighting and even some potted plants to make your outdoor area inviting and pleasant for everyone.
When you have an extra seating area outdoors, you can easily accommodate more guests without having to squeeze everybody inside a small living room.
Why not try one of these ideas or combine multiple to finally accommodate more guests in your home this year?