Maybe you put a big premium on “living large” when you go on vacation. And why shouldn’t you? Going on vacation is often the reward you look forward to after all your hard work, so you naturally want to splurge. So when you go on your getaway destination, you’ll want to stay someplace luxurious and opulent. But if you think about it, living in larger accommodations can actually cramp your travel style, so it’s often best to make do with a cozy space for vacation rent arrangements. Need convincing? Here are some reasons why small spaces can be just as luxurious as large homes and some handy tips when renting small spaces.
Why Are Small Spaces Better for Traveling?
Avoid Bloating Your Budget
The first obvious advantage of small spaces for travelers is the financial aspect. Travel is a luxury that you have to set aside a limited budget for. With alternative accommodation options offered by services like HomeAway, it’s possible for many to rent a condo or small house that actually delivers more value for money than a budget hotel. But whatever the kind of place you rent, the rule of thumb is the same: the smaller the space, the less you have to pay, which means you get to spend a little more on other travel experiences.
Inspire Intimacy and Bonding
One other good thing about small spaces is they’re cozier. Having a large space is good up to a certain extent. Nobody wants to suffer cabin fever, but if you’re traveling with officemates for teambuilding, going away with friends or on vacation with your family, of course you’ll want to have intimate bonding moments. Small-space living may give you the opportunity to develop camaraderie and maximize the benefits of traveling in a group. The trick is to find a way to encourage closeness while still giving everyone the personal space they need.
Shrink that Carbon Footprint
Studies have shown a link between living space and energy consumption: the smaller the space you occupy, the less electricity you tend to use for light, heating, and so on. So when you’re renting a smaller space, you’re committing yourself to a lifestyle of lower energy consumption. If you look at the big picture, that means a little less energy demand, a little less coal to burn, a little less pollution in the atmosphere, and a little more love for our big blue world.
How Can an Owner Maximize a Property’s Space?
Explore the Practical Verticals
The biggest thing most people miss is the opportunity to use vertical space. You may bemoan the fact that you don’t have a lot of floor space free, but consider how much space you have vertically. Look at the bed, table, and sofa in your rented room: are they raised off the floor? Is there space underneath for you to put your luggage, shoes, and other items that could fit? Once you’ve exhausted the opportunities for putting things “under,” look “above”: is there a hook, a rod or any other fixture you can use to hang things? Is there any way you can take some of the items in the room and stack them up so that more square footage can be freed up? Sometimes, thinking outside the box is as simple as taking all three dimensions of your space into consideration.
Use Fabulous Fabric for Intimate Privacy
One of the best arrangement ideas to maximize condo spaces is to use curtains or other kinds of fabric to separate spaces. Of course everyone wants their own space, which is why many people choose to stay in separate rooms instead of sharing one. But one way you can get around that is to hang up blankets, curtains or other pieces of large fabric to create boundaries. It can give the room a shabby chic look, and it can create much-needed boundaries of personal space while still retaining a touch of intimacy.
Cast Some Mirror Magic
Do you feel like you’re being squeezed in by the walls of your rented space? Take a look around for a dressing mirror or wall mirror. If you can, try placing it strategically so that it’s leaning against or hung on one of the walls of your room that you feel are too close together. The extra “mirror space” that it creates will give your mind some much-needed relief from that claustrophobic feeling.
Go for Flow
Another way to maximize condo spaces or any rental accommodation you may stay in is to see if the pieces are arranged for optimal flow. You don’t want unused pieces of furniture blocking foot traffic, and you don’t want heavily-used areas to be inaccessible. If you can, rearrange the furniture in your rented space so that everything flows smoothly and the chances of something or someone getting in the way are very minimal. Here’s a hint: living room chairs and couches generally should not go in the middle of a space.
A lot of people think that creativity thrives when you have no limits. But really, having limitations inspires a lot of creative thinking. The smaller the box you have to work with, the more out-of-the-box thinking you have to do. In the end, these tips for short-term renters should show that managing your space is just the same as managing your budget: it’s all about using it wisely.