Most people can’t afford the sprawling, full-floor penthouse suites featured in most interior design magazines. More than likely, you have stretched your budget to afford even the most modest of spaces. So what happens when you don’t have enough square footage to accommodate all your stuff? Time to make every inch count.
Fuse Furniture and Storage
To make the most out of your space, fusing furniture and storage is essential. Luckily for you, this has recently become all the rage in furniture design, so you should be able to find these things easily at more affordable stores like Ikea or Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Anything that is both furniture and storage – like a hollow ottoman that can open for storage or a coffee table that is also a storage chest – is a must-have. Try to create storage space anywhere you can. Bed risers are not just reserved for dorm rooms. They’re a great way to discretely create storage space. Furniture that folds into the wall gets bad rep, but it’s a solid option for things you only use during certain hours of the day. A Murphy Bed is great for last minute guests. If you want to accommodate a few more people for movie night, pull some oversized cushions out of the closet and throw them on living room floor for extra seating. You can also consider building a little breakfast table or small desk that folds into the wall. If your space is especially small, doubling your bed as a sofa can really make a difference. Even if you don’t have a futon or day bed, you can strategically set up pillows to create the illusion of a couch. This is a great option for studio apartments.
Make Use of Your Vertical Space
You’d be amazed by how much vertical space is wasted in most apartments. Utilizing the verticality of your apartment will save you an amazing amount of space, and if you have happen to have high ceilings, that’s even better. Putting hooks on the wall can help store anything, from clothing to kitchenware to bicycles. Adding shelves to your wall – particularly in under-utilized places like above the doorway and empty room corners – can really make a difference when it comes to de-cluttering. While you’re at it, add a little extra efficiency to those shelves by adding an under basket to hold twice as much with only a little more effort! The more things you can get off floors and tables the better. Also, never underestimate the power of a bunk bed. Despite what you may have slept in when you stayed over your little cousin’s house, bunk beds aren’t just for children! Not only do they save a ton of space, but also they add a little flavor to your sleeping experience.
Utilize Optical Illusions
Want a spacious look, but don’t have the square footage for it? Rely on optical illusions. Shy away from bold prints and blinding colors, as they can overpower a room and make it look smaller. Stick to monochromatic color palettes. Not only do they open up a room, but they’re also timeless and won’t look dated in a couple years. It’s also a good idea to stick to one large piece of furniture per room so the apartment won’t look cluttered. If you’re not feeling those hardwood floors, opt for wall-to-wall carpet – which will stretch and expand your space – instead of throw rugs that will break up and divide the room. Never be afraid to pull out the classic mirror trick, which will naturally add space to the room and serve as a great decorative addition.
Get Rid of Extraneous Things
This may seem like a more obvious choice, but while you’re trying to make more space for all of your junk, make sure you throw some of that junk away (you can always use a service like this). Haven’t picked it up in over six months? Then it’s probably time to toss it. Have something that you want to keep for sentimental reasons, but don’t look at often? Put it in storage and get it out of the way. The best way to make space in your home is to really make space.
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