3 Downstairs Renovation Tricks & Tips
Renovating your downstairs space in your home makes a lot of sense. Although you do spend a lot of time upstairs in bed, the fact is, you’re asleep for most of that time, whereas when you’re awake, you tend to be downstairs. In other words, you see the downstairs of your home more than the upstairs, plus that’s where guests will be for the most part as well. All in all, starting with your downstairs when you want to upgrade and update your home is the best option. With that in mind, here are some tricks and tips to help you decide how to make those all-important changes to ensure your home is exactly how you want it. Read on to find out more.
Open It Up
If you live in an older house, you might find that there are lots of smaller rooms downstairs, like a living room, dining room, and kitchen. To modernise your home and make it more functional at the same time, it’s a good idea to open it all up, and create an open-plan layout instead. You’ll have a much more spacious and versatile home that you can arrange however suits your lifestyle, and you’ll also find that opening it all up makes it a lot brighter and more pleasant to live in too.
Don’t just stop with opening the inside up either; you can do the same when it comes to the outside as well. By installing some high-quality bifold doors from Now Aluminium, you can make the space between inside and outside much less obvious, and your home will flow through the downstairs area and out into the garden without any issues. When you have that working properly, the entire space will be brighter and lighter and feel so much bigger.
Maximise Storage Space
When you renovate your downstairs, you’ll have the option of making it a lot more functional than it is now, if that’s needed. One thing you’ll probably need – because no one ever has enough – is storage. During renovations is the ideal time to ensure you’re adding enough new storage or clever storage solutions to your home that you’ll be able to use to keep your lovely new downstairs as neat and tidy as possible.
You’ll essentially have a blank slate when you’re renovating, so you can add things like:
- Built-in shelving
- Understairs storage
- Custom made cabinets
- Use small spaces that would otherwise go to waste
The more you can use, the more you can store, and that will make life easier for you, but also impress any potential future buyers, so it’s well worth investigating.
Invest In Quality Flooring
Choosing the right flooring material can absolutely make a difference to the overall feel of your home and the downstairs space specifically, and when you’re renovating, you’ll have the chance to ensure you choose the right flooring, so don’t rush this aspect.
You’ll want something that’s long-lasting and that’s easy to take care of, but that looks great and works with the rest of your décor. Something like hardwood, good-quality laminate, or tiles are excellent choices. Carpets are certainly comfortable, but when it comes to value for money, the other options are better. If you want something softer underfoot, you can always add some rugs to make it comfier and add some colour and a personal touch to the space.