How To Deal with A Small Apartment
One misconception that people often fall prey to when decorating tiny apartments is that all the focus should be on size rather than design and functionality. That sentiment could not be further from the truth. Your apartment may be short on space, but that doesn’t mean it has to be short on style.
Invest in Dual-Purpose Furniture
When dealing with a small space, every inch counts. Make the most of the room you have by investing in furniture pieces that will do double duty. Rather than trying to work your space around furniture, focus on buying pieces that will work with you. Bedrooms are the perfect rooms to have multi-purpose furniture. Consider a trundle bed that can be folded into a sofa when watching TV, or a dining table with a built-in leaf that will make it much easier to entertain guests.
Whichever dual-purpose furniture you choose, make sure to select pieces that are size-appropriate to your space. Overstuffed models will only serve to make your living space look even smaller. Rather, it’s finding the right balance between the two is critically important to creating a space that you’ll be comfortable living in for the foreseeable future. You need to focus on filling your home with items that fit your needs while highlighting your personal aesthetic. Follow these decorating tips that ensure that you make the most of the space you have while still letting your personality come through.
Add Curves with Furniture and Decor
Since most tiny apartments tend to be box-shaped, use your furniture to add some curves back in. According to Libby Langdon, a small-space consultant on HGTV’s “Small Space, Big Style”, curvaceous furniture will keep things from looking monotone.Think about using a round dining table or a sofa and chair set with angled sides.
Once you’ve found pieces that suit your needs and your personal style, make sure to compliment those curves by using similar shapes in your accessories. If there is any natural shape to your apartment itself, make sure you play it up. Turn a curved window into a cozy reading spot by adding a chair and bookcase by the spot. Make exposed beams a focal point by embracing a industrial design scheme.
Rethink Unused Spaces
After living in the same space for a considerable amount of time, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut in regards to how you use it. You know that you store extra baking dishes in the oven it is not in use, extra candles in one of the coveted kitchen drawers and clean linens in a storage box under your bed. But, have you ever considered the possibility that maybe you’re not using your space in the most effective way possible?
Challenge yourself to look around your apartment and identify all of the “dead spaces” or spaces that aren’t currently serving a useful purpose. Think about unused corners and blank walls. Then, try to brainstom ways to use those spaces to your advantage.
Turn a large windowsill into a workspace for when you need to take business home for the night. Purchase a corner shelving unit to give yourself a place to store your bar essentials. Place a few baskets on top of your refrigerator and use them to hide your lesser-used serving plates.
Set a smart storage
One of the revelations of living in a small home is that choosing less square footage doesn’t mean you necessarily have to make do with less, just that you need to be super smart about how you organize the space you do have. And, once you go into “storage genius” mode, it tends to have a ripple effect – many tiny homes end up with as much usable storage area as places with a larger footprint, thanks to the space-savvy residents.