Living in a cabin is great.
You get to enjoy nature, take a break from your busy schedule, and enjoy time with your friends, family, or even just yourself.
However, cabins are smaller than the living space we are used to at home. And that poses a bit of a challenge if you want to maximise your space.
Nevertheless, here are some tips that can help you save space in cabins and other small living spaces, including granny flats that are all too popular in Melbourne.
1. Avoid bringing too much stuff
It seems like a no-brainer, but many of us city dwellers tend to bring too much stuff to our cabins in order to stay comfortable. Well, staying in a cabin is not bound to be as comfortable as staying at home. And bringing too many things with you can make the space too cramped to be enjoyable, so limit your baggage to what you can fit in the storage areas.
2. Use furniture as storage space
There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to using your furniture as storage spaces. Here are some great examples:
- Put drawers under the bed
- Have ottomans double as storage
- Choose end tables and coffee tables with drawers
- Build shelves underneath your stairs
- Buy a dining table with built-in storage underneath
3. Get rid of clutter
Clutter can easily make any space appear and feel cramped. If you have too much stuff in your cabin, consider donating, selling, or throwing away everything that you don't need or want anymore.
4. Let in natural light
The best part of staying in a cabin is getting to enjoy nature all around you. Open up your curtains and let as much natural light in as you can. Chances are, no one around is going to look inside, anyway.
5. Prioritise the essentials
Do you really need five pots in your kitchen? How about that air purifier that's taking up space in the living area? As much as possible, stick to the bare essentials for cabin living. After all, the simple lifestyle is one of the most rewarding parts of staying in a cabin.
6. Use your wall space
Install cabinets to store things that you don't want visible (emergency equipment, clothes, kitchen tools), and shelving for the items you want to display (books, plants, pictures). It's also a good idea to hang hooks in strategic places, like near the bathroom or the front door, so you can hang towels, clothes, and bags without cluttering the area.
7. Have storage outside
For things that can be stored outside, such as shoes, tools, and other bulky stuff, consider having a storage space for them outside, such as a chest or a bench with drawers.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges to cabin living is adjusting to the small space available to you. Luckily, you can make your cabin life much more comfortable by maximising your space with these useful tips.