20 square metres is all you need to create a happy home – as long as you make good use of the space and are both sensible and creative with your furnishings. To find out how to do just that, keep reading! Our tips can help you if you’re moving home or simply want to furnish your existing room in a smarter way.
Doesn’t sound very sexy, but it needs to be done.
Set aside a day and sort your possessions into three big piles.
Pile 1: I don’t need it – I don’t want it any more (take to a second-hand or charity shop)
Pile 2: I don’t need it any more – but I want to keep it (put in the loft/basement)
Pile 3: I need it – I want to take it with me (ideally the smallest pile!)
Tedious, but essential.
Nothing is more annoying and unpleasant than a room full of bits and pieces of furniture that doesn’t fit.
After all, you should always have one.
But in this case, we literally mean a plan – a drawn floor plan of the room, as large as possible and true to scale. Draw and cut out the items of furniture that are earmarked for the room – bed, desk, cupboard, shelf, sofa. You can then place them all on your floor plan and easily move them around until they’re in the right place.
And before you say you can’t, of course you can!
Think about how you’ve arranged your furniture. Have you simply pushed the bed, cupboard and table up against the walls? You can do better!
Idea 1: A loft bed. If your flat is in an old building, the ceilings are usually high enough to put your bed on stilts. Underneath, there will be space for a desk or sitting area as well as some open and closed shelves. This is a great way to create storage space without cramping your style. Our modular Shuffle elements – from 40 to 80 cm wide and 45 cm tall – let you make the most of the available space and adapt it precisely to the items you want to store (see Pile 3).
Idea 2: Divide the room. Even a small room can be visually divided. Desks, sofas or sideboards can be used as room dividers. A higher shelf or sideboard – customisable with Shuffle – right next to the door or the bed is a great way to increase privacy and create cosy corners.
Idea 3: A large bed. Not possible in a small room? Depends on how you use it. If, for example, it completely fills the short side of the room, you can cover it with a sturdy bedspread to create a handy piece of all-purpose furniture – a perfect home for your Laptop, mobile phone and study materials. Place a large tray with legs on top as a replacement for a dining table, and maybe even for your desk? After all, when it’s time to relax, what could be more perfect than a large, cosy sleeping area?
Idea 4: intelligent walls. No, they won’t help you think, but they will make your life easier. Intelligent walls can be filled with various open and closed cupboard and shelf elements. No matter which type of wall you choose, our Shuffle offers you countless possibilities. Your chosen combination can easily be redesigned as needed – and can also be moved to another wall in next to no time. In addition, your bed, desk or sofa can be placed inside a recess in the wall. You can also create open surfaces with photos, coloured wall elements or mirrors. And because the white elements are neutral, they can be adapted to suit any style without visually “overcrowding” small rooms. Simply intelligent.
Your living space is your canvas.
Painting the room is always a good start. First choose a white base colour for all the walls. Once you’ve decided where to place your bed, shelves and cabinets, you can make the smaller surfaces colourful – for example, under the loft bed, on its headboard or in the open spaces inside a wall unit. Because our modular Shuffle system is white, it can be combined perfectly with your favourite colours. Of course, this is especially true for the bedspread, window blinds and various rugs. You can also easily change these splashes of colour whenever you’re in the mood for something new.
It’s time to take your time.
Don’t try to finish everything in one day. Slow down and actually live in your new digs for while to figure out what’s really missing. The advantage of our product range is that you can always buy matching elements or reorder shelves and different handles at any time. Simply go online and your next, perfectly matching item will be with you in just a few days. And if you ever move to a bigger apartment, you can take your Shuffle with you, transform it and expand it – the parts will always fit. They’re also incredibly easy to disassemble (and reassemble).
Put your furniture in the right light.
Even if you have to live with bare bulbs for a while, don’t choose your lamps until the very end. Spotlights directed onto specific areas can make the room feel cosier and help to divide it visually. However, these can’t be installed until you’ve finished arranging your furniture. While floor lamps and ceiling lights can provide pleasant lighting, be aware that they don’t work very well in tall rooms because the light gets scattered too much and becomes diffuse.