Everyday someone moves into a new home and needs furniture and everyday the challenge of fitting large furniture pieces into homes is a challenge. In reality, many houses in Kenya aren’t very large and renters struggle to deal with getting into small spaces and settling in tastefully. When you focus on the bachelor pads or bedsitters, the challenges grow even more. It’s challenging to find ways to fit in the needed furniture items and home accessories.
We say, ‘less is more’ when it comes to furnishing a house but it’s absolutely critical when the space your working with is small.
The starting line is awareness. What size is the space? What colour is the wall? How many windows does the room have and how big are they? What is your style in terms of look and feel and colour? How much money do you have to invest to do it and do you have all the needed financial resources to make it happen? When you know who you are and how you want the space to look like, we think these are the key considerations you need to make.
Secondly, determine the must have items. These are things that you will not be able to live without. In our opinion, life should be sleeping, sitting and dining comfortably so the must haves are a bed, a seat and a place to cook. Go a further and figure out what fits in your space so you have the right dimensions to make it work.
There are other aspects that could work on a ‘must have’ basis like large cushions on a carpet instead of seats, a cabinet with a wide top instead of a table, and an air mattress on the floor instead of a bed. The key thing is to find the right pieces of furniture and home accessories that will fit your space and your budget.
Thirdly, figure out how many of the items can be multi functional. Which furniture pieces and home accessories can help you accomplish more than one thing at a time? Look for items like a sofa bed that can be a seat by day and a bed by night. This will effectively create enough space in the room for movement.
It could also be a platform bed with storage underneath that eliminates the need for a built-in or a stand-alone wardrobe – there are many options in any decent furniture shop in Kenya. A shelf could be used as a divider between the living area and the bedroom and this allows for style and storage, all in one.
Finally, dream. Let your bachelor pad be a starting line not a finish line. Let it be the space that inspires you to do more and go further. Let your starter home be the place you can lie down, even on a mattress on the floor, and think of how far you want to get and how you will get there. Think about the carpets and rugs, wall décor, decorative curtains but remember; less is more.
This sponsored article has been submitted by Victoria Courts, one of Kenya’s leading home furniture and accessories retailers with a network of branches located in all major cities and towns.