Price: Low to High
Price: High to Low
Micro-sized bathroomsWe don't tend to have palatial sized bathrooms in the UK but with all this talk of spa-at-home well-being, we do want our bathing spaces to offer more sanctuary than stress. Thankfully, big brands know this and have brought out compact, space-saving basins and loos to make the most of our square inches. Try Ideal Standard's Concept Space which includes slim basins and short-projection wcs that won't eat into valuable floor space. Clever, wall-hung vanity basins with storage underneath are a great idea too and, if possible, go for back-to-wall sanitaryware where all the pipework is hidden neatly behind cabinets or a stud wall. And if you desperately want a freestanding, roll-top bath, you might just be in luck as the Tubby Torre from The Albion Bath Company (albionbathco.com) is a cute, mini version where you can soak even if space is scarce.
Staircase storageNot just a means to access the top floors of your home, the humble staircase has transformed into the newest multifunctional storage star of the house. Think stair treads with pull-out drawers for stashing shoes, books and magazines or a complete understairs storage unit with full-size, pull-out racks for storing all your linen and towels. If wide enough, you can even even utilise the walls of your stairwell with long rows of built-in shelving to create your very own library at home. These are big architectural, life hacks for sure, but it's incredible how much extra storage space you can fit in with some clever design strategies.
Clever furnitureLast but not least, if you aren't looking to give your home a major 'space rethink' then invest in a few of today's really clued-up, multifunctional furniture. We're all up to speed on sofa beds and hideaway butcher's blocks on wheels, but how about a sofa bunkbed, a table and chair set that fits into a shelf (you have to see Orla Reynolds' 'As if from nowhere' creation) or even a flush-fit wall panel that folds down to create a fully-functioning office-at-home. Now that's what we call clever...