5 Ways to Maximise Unused Areas in your Home

When you are preparing your property for sale, it can be hard to know how much you should invest in it before it goes on the market. When considering how to maximise the potential of your home, it’s easy to focus on the main living areas, kitchen, bedroom and bathrooms.

In doing so, many owners overlook underutilised spaces within their homes, a unique advantage, especially to appeal to a broader audience.

Luckily, with a little help from the Valiant Property Styling team, these unused spaces can be transformed into functional and distinctive selling points. Most importantly, paying extra attention to these often disregarded areas not only helps you attract a broader range of buyers, but can also significantly increase the value of your home.

If you don’t know where to begin, here are five ways to increase your home’s value by transforming underutilised areas:

Outdoor areas

Living in the Australian climate, we spend a good part of the year outdoors. So, an outdoor entertaining space is a valuable commodity. Outdoor areas are an inexpensive way to create an extension to your home. Adding an inviting alfresco dining or living area to your yard creates a seamless integration from the inside to out, giving the illusion of more floor space.

Don’t have a deck or patio area? It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t style it as though you do; this helps buyers visualise the home's potential.


Study nooks

Technology has blurred the lines between work and play, so a dedicated work area is a desirable addition to any property. Creating a study nook is a great way to turn a smaller and often unused area in your home into a usable and functional space.

Transforming the dead space under the stairs, hallway nook or kitchen alcove can be easy and inexpensive. You don’t need to invest in expensive custom joinery, so select furniture that will offer the same impression to potential purchasers. Use a credenza or hall table in narrow awkward spaces, especially if it is the main thoroughfare. Avoid using a bulky or uncomfortable looking chair and to create an inviting workspace, ensure the nook is well lit.

Smart storage


The value of storage is the most often overlooked and underrated aspect of any property.

To consider a residence, in particular for growing families, storage comes in high on the list of non-negotiables.

If your home is short of storage, transforming unused areas into functional storage spaces can be done with very little work. When styling your property for sale, the use of clever furniture choices, such as credenza, high shelves and floor-to-ceiling bookcases, is an excellent storage solution.

This can be an affordable way to give homebuyers a glimpse of where permanent joinery could be added later.

Multipurpose Spaces

Another thing that attracts families is a flexible home. Intergenerational families with multiple needs require a property that can adapt to their changing demands. Rather than having fixed rigid spaces, combining an area into a dual-purpose space can give the appearance of more room.

For young families, the attraction of combining a study with a playroom is a big drawcard, especially if one or both parents work from home. To achieve this, use versatile storage solutions, textural rugs, soft furnishings and modest desking.

Alternatively, a spare bedroom can be easily converted into both a study area and guestroom with smart furniture choices. Create a clearly defined working area by using a sofa bed or daybed instead of a traditional bed.


Play areas


Some homes have a basement, mezzanine area or small sunroom that isn’t used. Transforming it into a play space can attract young growing families, and can be redesigned into a retreat for teens or parents as the family grows.

A playroom doesn't have to look like a chaotic kindergarten classroom, especially if the room is a multipurpose zone being used by different family members.

If there is room, add a compact desk area, a bonus for parents of school age kids that need a space to study as well as play.

Professional help

When it comes to selling your property, it can often feel like there is so much to do. We understand that selling your home can feel overwhelming and even stressful at times.

Using a professional property stylist can help make the process less complicated. A stylist will choose the right furniture, artwork and accessories, as well as show you how to maximise every aspect of your property.

At Valiant, our styling team can also help you to understand buyer behaviours and current market trends by styling your property to appeal to the broadest audience. Valiant has proudly helped thousands of homeowners transform their home for sale and achieve the best price for your property.

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