Living in an apartment can leave you feeling crowded. As a renter, it's crucial to make the most of your space. But with a few tips and tricks, you can maximize space in a variety of smart and affordable ways.
When the time comes to decorate a small apartment, don’t run to Ikea and buy entire rooms full of furniture. Instead, think through what it is you really need and really want.
There is value in taking some time to contemplate the layout of your place. Take measurements. Size up the space. Have an idea of your total size so you can determine the best way to structure your apartment. To get the most out of your new place, check out these 7 expert secrets to maximizing the amount of space in your apartment.
1. Maximize Lighting
Unless you like the idea of living in a dungeon, a small apartment with poor lighting won't make you feel at home. The right amount of lighting will not only brighten up the room, but will also make a small room look much larger.
It’s important to start by finding the right type of lamps. Consider whether your apartment would benefit most from floor lamps, table lamps, or hanging lamps.
Floor lamps provide up lighting, while hanging lamps will provide down lighting. Table lamps can make a home feel warm and cozy, while ceiling lights tend to make a small space feel bigger. The simple change of a dim overhead bulb can brighten and create the illusion of an enlarged space.
Don't ignore the importance of natural sunlight and the benefits of vitamin D. Arrange your furniture in a way that won't block your windows to enjoy as much natural light as possible. For example, don't place your bedroom headboard against a window. Letting natural light flow in will make your home appear larger and feel more comfortable.
2. Organize in Creative Ways
Organization is an essential step to maximizing your space. Ignore the impulse to buy dozens of storage bins at Target. They may seem like an affordable way to organize items, but where are you going to put them?
Understand the parameters and limitations of your apartment. If your primary storage space is under your bed, opt for storage bags that you can easily slide in and out.
3. Invest in Multi-Functional Furniture
Every piece of furniture in your apartment should have a purpose. When space is in short supply, look for furniture that can serve more than one function. For example, let your dining room table double as a home office desk. If you're working with a tight space, consider a futon or a daybed that acts as both a bed and a couch. There are plenty of creative ways to make one small space function in two unique ways.
Multi-functional furniture goes hand-in-hand with organization. For the organized person who hates the sight of clutter, look for pieces that offer concealed storage.
A perfect example is this storage unit. Put a lamp on top and hide extra blankets or books inside.
4. Hang Your TV
Getting items off the floor and on the wall is one of the easiest ways to maximize space. An easy way to do this is to mount your TV to the wall.
This frees up space to add another piece of furniture beneath your TV to house books, plants, and other items. If you can't hang your TV, look for a media stand with drawers for added organization.
5. De-clutter, De-clutter, De-clutter
Keeping your apartment tidy will make it feel much more spacious. Consider the concept of less is more and fill your home with the things you truly need.
It's always tempting to buy little decor items that seem to take up minimal space. However, leaving many small items scattered around will leave your space feeling cramped.
A good way to keep clutter at bay is to do a "clean sweep" of your apartment every week. Toss random papers, magazines, and junk mail. Get rid of those old shopping bags. Break down the shipping boxes from all those recent Amazon purchases. Recycle what you can. Donate items that someone else may be able to use and trash what you know will never be purposeful again.
6. Hang Pots and Pans in Your Kitchen
Free up valuable space on your counter and in your cabinets by hanging as many kitchen items as possible. By hanging pots, pans, and drying racks from a ceiling rack, you'll have more space to cook and prepare meals.
You'll have room in your cabinets to store food and dishes. Plus, it will be easy to pluck one pan from the rack rather than having to dig through a stack of pots to find the right one.
7. Think Vertically
When you're living in a small space, it's crucial to utilize space from the floor to the ceiling. Sure, you'll want to hang to some wall art, but make sure to save some space to mount shelving and hang storage racks. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, organizational units, and wall mirrors make a small space look big.
You don't have to break the bank to decorate your apartment in a way that maximizes space. Free up space by purchasing multi-functional pieces. Maximize lighting and make use of vertical space. Take the time to think about how you want to organize. Most importantly, make a point to de-clutter your space.
No matter what your style or budget is, remember that less is more. The easiest way to make a small space feel big is not to fill it with too many things!
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