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Make Rooms Multipurpose
Maximize Loft SpaceThe majority of small cabins are single story, but many of them have a small loft space. You can maximize this space a few different ways depending on the size. The most popular choice is to use it as a sleeping area. You’d be surprised how little space you need to fit a mattress or small bed in a loft space. Use ladders instead of stairs, or small steps which double as storage space, to reach the loft area.
Alternatively, you can use this space as a cozy area to read in, with plenty of cushions and blankets. If the loft space isn’t large enough, you can still use it as a storage area, or perhaps even a mini library which you can access via a ladder.
Bring the Outside In
If you're fortunate enough to design your own log cabin from the start, you can start to maximize the space during the design process. By including lots of windows and introducing light into the rooms, you can instantly make it feel larger than it really is. Incorporating a porch is also a great way to extend the living space to the outside of the cabin.
Choose Your Interior Design Carefully
Interior design can have a huge effect on how small or large a room feels; if you choose the right colors, furniture and soft furnishings you can make a tiny room feel bigger. Choosing light colors such as white–or even a pale turquoise–can make a room feel bigger than it actually is. If you want to include a bright color, just add small splashes of that specific color with decor and textiles. Dark colors will make rooms feel small and cramped.
It’s also important to also choose the different materials of your furniture carefully. Choosing too many different textures will make the room feel cluttered - keep it simple.
Maximizing Space in Specific Rooms
● Use mirrors to make the room appear larger.
● If the room is narrow, use wallpaper on one of the thin walls.
● Install over-the-door shelving.
● Store toilet rolls in a basket on top of the toilet to save floor space.
● Break up cabinetry with shelves; this will make it feel less cluttered.
● Install plenty of bright lighting.
● Choose an extending dining table and save valuable space when you’re not entertaining.
How Will You Maximize Space in Your Log Cabin?
David Woods is a log cabin enthusiast, and editor of Log Cabin Hub, an online publication which educates people on buying and building their own log homes. With over 30 years of carpentry, woodworking and home renovation experience, he now lectures and writes part time to share his knowledge with others.