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How to Maximize Space in a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment can have its challenges, but can also be a cozy space for you to decorate and call home. If you are trying to find more space in your small apartment and look like you have more space, you are not alone. The ability to make a space multifunctional, comfortable and visually appealing are the top challenges for small apartment owners. It is possible, and with these simple tips, we will turn your small apartment into a welcoming place that you love to call home!

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  • Make your space multifunctional: Whether you live in a one bedroom, studio, or if you just have a lot of roommates, your apartment should be able to utilize one space for several functions. Your dining room table could serve as an office for your laptop when not eating, dining table at meal time, and possibly a work surface when doing hobbies and crafts. Utilize kitchen bar area for sitting, entertaining, dining, and extra work surface space when cooking. In your living room, use futons, and sleeper sofa beds for a couch in the day, and a sleeping area at night.

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  • Utilize vertical and hidden storage: In a small space vertical and hidden storage is your best friend. For storing collectibles, books, and displaying decor, utilize tall display storage, shelving over doorways, and open shelving throughout your apartment. Hidden storage under beds, hanging organization accessories on the back of doors, and installing vertical storage in cabinets, can drastically maximize your storage capacity. In clothing closets, hang shelving in double tiers, and at varying heights to get the most of your closet storage.
  • Use light and color to your advantage: To make your apartment look larger, let ample light into your home as much as possible. Also use light colors, neutrals, and muted tones to maximize visual space. When your home looks larger, you will feel better and more at home in your small space. Try to avoid compartmentalizing your rooms with color. Use a unifying color throughout your home, like a neutral and define spaces with accent walls or with varying hues of the same color. This will make your apartment visually read as one large space.

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  • Bring in eye catching furnishings: Even though your space is small doesn’t mean you can’t maximize on style! The great thing about having a small apartment is you don’t need a lot of furniture. For the few pieces that you do have, make them special and eye catching. A beautiful headboard in your bedroom, or even an entertainment center that commands attention from all your guests, can make your apartment interiors fun and enjoyable to be in. Don’t forget your walls too. Artwork, murals, and wall decals can make your walls come alive with color and life without much work. The more visually appealing your decor and furnishings, the easier it will be to remember how larger your space actually is.

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A small apartment can be looked at with possibilities and creativity when you use the above tips to maximize space in your small apartment. There are several online resources to help you acquire inspiration and ideas to decorate your apartment. Decide what your storage dilemmas are and then choose where you want to maximize your storage and how to make it look bigger. Purge as many items that you don’t need and use on a regular basis and then begin to maximize your apartment!

Freshome readers if you live in a small apartment, share with us your ideas for maximizing space, and making it look larger!

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4 responses to “How to Maximize Space in a Small Apartment” - Add yours!

  1. nan said:
    January 22, 2011

    Staying organized is so important in a small space! Decluttering to get rid of things you don’t use is vital. I don’t keep anything that I have not used in a year. I am great at purging and not looking back.

  2. RoniqueGibson said:
    January 22, 2011

    We could learn a lot from you Nan! :)

  3. nan said:
    January 22, 2011

    :) Thx!

  4. logicalnot said:
    January 23, 2011

    Wine! Posters! Paintings! Colors! Finally some pictures of real life interiors! Even if the post is far from kicking ass, I say loudly “Keep them coming!”.

    I am really tired of the “Cleverly Built Luxurious”, “Bright and Cosy”, “Surprising”, “Spectacular” (etc.) shoebox/bunker designs.

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