Apartments often have a limited amount of space. If we’re being honest, that can make it harder to love comfortably.
Whether you have to share space with a roommate or you simply have too much stuff, it’s up to you to figure out ways to make it work.
Instead of throwing in the towel because there’s no way to store it all, hold on…there’s hope.
If you incorporate some changes, it’s possible to maximize space to its fullest potential. Do you want to learn how?
Well, get ready. We have a few tips on how to open up more space in your apartment. There’s no doubt you’ll find these tips very useful.
These five secrets are bound to pay off and make your apartment functional and livable.
1. Get Creative with Storage
If you’re limited on space because you’re in a studio or one-bedroom, you have to be resourceful.
Sometimes, it’s hard to go out and buy furniture to store more of your belongings (and spending less money is a good idea, anyway). Besides, you might not even have enough space for new furniture!
Instead of feeling inclined to buy more furniture, use what you have.
Look around your apartment. An old suitcase can be a great place to “hide” some belongings. Neatly fold your unused clothes and tuck them under your bed.
If you have any decorative milk crates or storage boxes around, stack them by your bed. It helps if they’re colorful and fun (not cold-looking and industrial) because they can double as decorative elements.
In summary, think outside the box (or inside the box!) and use what you have. You’ll love the results!
2. Opt for a Small Dining Table
If you have a giant dining table in your apartment, you may want to swap it out for something smaller.
A small, round table will help you reorganize your kitchen or living room without taking up the whole interior.
Another benefit of having a small table is that it will free up space. Depending on where you put the table, it may leave room for additional shelving.
And if you have solid, one-piece chairs, trade them for some foldable ones. It’s nice to have bulky wooden chairs when you live in a big house, but you might have to be more flexible in a small apartment.
3. Take Advantage of Ladder Shelves
If you happen to find a wooden ladder (or already have one), use it to your advantage.
Why? Well, a ladder can double as a bookshelf or clothes rack. Ladder shelves are a smart and stylish way to create opportunities for storage, especially if you’re hesitant to mount a traditional shelf to the wall.
Ladders also fit well in odd corners and narrow areas. Use one for a variety of purposes, such as hanging scarves, towels, and fashion accessories.
And, they fold up easy! So if you ever want to move it to a new spot, you shouldn’t have much trouble.
Another idea is to free up space in your kitchen by storing appliances and plants on a ladder. Just make sure that the rungs are wide enough (and strong enough) to support the objects you place on them.
Or, you’ll love this one — use it to display magazines (if you read them, that is). Who would have thought a ladder could be that useful!
4. Use “Clutter” to Decorate
I realize the word “clutter” doesn’t always have the best connotation. But if you do have objects strewn about your house (which all of us do), there’s a way to display them properly.
The best way to put your clutter to use is by doing some of the following:
- Arranging a few books with frames on top of a bookshelf.
- Displaying small plants on a shelf or a chair by the side of your bed.
- Putting out a collection of old records, watches, or other items you in a creative fashion.
Of course, not all clutter is display-worthy. Some things should be tossed out (i.e., all of those old receipts in your junk drawer).
But, anything with an aesthetic quality can be turned into an eye-catching work of art!
5. Use a Daybed
Oftentimes, apartment-dwellers buy couches that are too small for anyone to sleep on, just because they don’t have space.
But, you can solve this problem by buying a daybed. These fold-out sofas come in all sizes and double as beds. That way, you can pull it out whenever you want to have guests stay over, and fold it up when they leave!
The beauty of using a daybed is that it goes well in a living room and bedroom. So if you’re really tight on space, you might even consider getting one as a bed. You can sleep in it at night and fold it up during the day to spread out.
With extra space, you may be able to bring in other furniture such as a desk or bookshelf.
Having more room equals being able to space out the rest of your furniture. Sometimes, it’s necessary to take advantage of every square inch!
Besides these secrets, there are many more ways to make use of your space. You don’t need to live in the White House to create an inviting and well-organized apartment.
No matter what kind of spatial problems you’re struggling with, there are solutions. From foldable furniture to savvy storage options, there are plenty of things you can do.
Nothing you do in your apartment has to be set in stone. If you try something and don’t like it, you can always switch it up. There are still ways to improve and make the most of your space.
After reading this article, you probably already have a few ideas of your own. Start incorporating them in your apartment today. I have no doubts that you’ll love how everything comes together!
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over 10 years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Dwell the Towers on State to help them with their marketing efforts.