If you’re currently dwelling in a small apartment, you probably already know how challenging it can be to effectively organise your space and make the best out of it. One of the most common complaints that we hear from apartment dwellers is “I just don’t have enough space!”. If you find yourself in that predicament, we’re here to ease your worries. Today, we have a look at 7 ways in which you can make the most out of apartment living, so read on to find out more!
1. European Is The Way To Go
Storage and space is often a challenge in small apartments, making every single area in the home a precious storage commodity. Considering items such as the washing machine and dryer take a significant amount of space, it is no surprise that most apartment dwellers opt for a European style laundry area. If you haven’t heard of a European laundry, it is basically a laundry that is tucked away in a cupboard and often sees a dryer being stacked on top of a washing machine to save space. One thing to note is that when you hop on websites to buy a dryer online, make sure that you purchase one that has a front loader instead of a top leader. And of course, the same rule applies to your washing machine!
2. Storage Furniture Saves The Day
The last thing you want to do if you live in a small apartment is to run out of storage space. This is where storage furniture comes in to save the day. Opt for furniture items such as a storage sofa, storage bed (with drawers or a gas lift) and ottomans that also double up as storage boxes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can store in a sofa or a bed and they also make the perfect storage solution for items such as pillows, bedding, linens and suitcases that would otherwise completely overwhelm your wardrobe area.
3. Get Creative With Vertical Storage
There’s a reason that most cities are filled with tall buildings, skyscrapers and apartment buildings — the possibility for space is endless when you work vertically. With this same idea in mind, we always recommend that people get creative with vertical storage. Maximising your wall space with floating shelves, wall organisers and a floor to ceiling bookcase is a fantastic way of almost doubling the amount of storage space you have in your small apartment. You can even go one step further with options such as wall mounted bike racks if you love getting your sweat on but struggle to find an adequate space for your bicycle.
4. Consider an Open Closet
If you’re anything like the rest of us, not having enough closet space in your apartment can be an extremely frustrating thing. Most nesting studios or small apartments often only come with minimal amounts of closet space, making it a necessity for dwellers to think out of the box. An open closet is a great solution to your wardrobe woes as it creates an open, functional and effective closet space that maximises the potential of your limited space.
5. Fewer But Larger Items of Furniture
This one may seem a little crazy — why would you choose large furniture for a small space? Surely you should be going for teeny tiny bits of furniture, right? Well, the problem with opting for small furniture is that you may end up choosing a variety of small items that take up a lot of space and end up being less functional than some larger pieces. The solution? Pick that sofa instead of a loveseat and buy one floor to ceiling bookcase over three smaller ones. Larger items take up more floor space, but also prevent you from needing duplicate items and may even end up saving you quite a fair amount of space!
6. Make Use of Partitions
Partitions (also known as divider screens) are honestly the holy grail of apartment living due to their effectiveness in instantly creating a clear separation within any room in the home. A partition can create the illusion of privacy and has a number of flexible applications in an apartment including creating a separate entertaining area and hiding items such as shoe racks and coat stands. You can also find partitions in many designs, colours and materials that suit your interior decor and add a sense of cohesiveness to your space.
7. Keep Clutter at Bay
Last but not least, keeping clutter at bay is so important when you’re living in a small space. Too many random things left unattended can make your apartment look messy, disorganised and smaller than it actually is. Get rid of white elephant items that are collecting dust and use that space for something that you truly need. You’ll be amazed at how much better and bigger your space looks when you get rid of clutter and unused items. This may not be a storage solution per se, but it sure is an effective one for improving the overall look and feel of your studio.
When it comes to apartment living, the real trick is looking for ways to have smarter spaces rather than just looking to add more space to your home. We hope that this article has inspired you to think outside of the box when it comes to making the most of your apartment living space.