A small apartment doesn’t need to feel small when you make smart decisions about decorating, design, storage, and furniture placement. You can use space-saving designs for apartments whether you’re in a cozy studio in Albuquerque or you’re living with family and roommates in a smallish apartment.
Here are a few ideas that can help you maximize your Albuquerque apartment space.
Consider Carts and Movable Furniture
If you find yourself in a studio apartment or in a residence where one of your rooms must pull double-duty (like a living room that also works as a guest room or office), using mobile furniture can make it much easier whenever you must switch the room from one purpose to another.
Elle Décor offers some excellent advice on how to “cart it” in your apartment:
“From bar carts to industrial trolleys, there’s a range of compact wheeled storage ideal for corralling collections of items in one place. Carts, of course, are easy to move, so they can be rolled out for use or tucked away as needed.”
Not only can you use these carts and movable storage units in places like the kitchen and living room, but they’re also a great way to squeeze some extra space out of a tiny bathroom or a half-bath room where all you have is a few feet for a toilet and a sink.
Always Look Up for More Storage Space
Good design advice often recommends placing oft-used items and decorative pieces at eye-level, so they may be enjoyed naturally and without craning one’s neck. The same can’t be said for storage of books and anything you don’t use each day.
For example, if the cupboards in your kitchen don’t reach the ceiling, you can add storage with plastic boxes (or decorative ones that match your kitchen décor if you choose). Places like The Container Store and big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart have rows and rows of differently sized storage containers.
A blog from Apartment Therapy suggests:
“Go vertical and use the space up to the ceiling whenever possible – shelves and storage that have a small footprint but are tall can really help in a small space.”
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on storage units, you can usually pick up inexpensive (and sometimes free) bookcases and storage boxes from Craigslist. There are quite a few manufacturers that make inexpensive bookcases that are thin, have a small footprint for tiny apartments, and reach to the ceilings of many residences.
Take Your Time Furnishing Your Small Space
The easiest way to end up with a cluttered and crowded apartment space is to fill the apartment up immediately after you move in. Not only can this method result in mismatched furniture and a style that doesn’t quite mesh, but it can also mean a densely packed apartment with no room in which to relax and move around.
Unless you need a bed or a stand for your television, you need virtually nothing else on move-in day in your apartment. You can take months, if you wish, to fully furnish your space. Don’t buy a bunch of plastic storage boxes until you know how much storage you need, and how much storage you can actually fit in your apartment.
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