5 Space-Saving Tips That Will Transform Your Apartment

Creating space in your place can feel like an uphill battle in the best of times. Other times, it seems downright impossible when you continuously clean and toss old things, only to have stuff pile up again a few weeks (or, er, days) later.

The key to making space, and making it last, is to rethink your rooms entirely. Now, we’re not saying you need to do any major renovations. Instead, think about whether your everyday basic chairs, tables and lighting are really working with you or if they’re actually part of the problem.

I’ve compiled five, space-saving tips that’ll help you refresh your rooms and ensure that you never feel cramped again.

  1. Ditch the Entertainment Center – It’s time to get that old behemoth out of there. Instead, swap it out with a long, low storage unit or bookcase with several cells and compartments.

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    You can fill these up with all of the same stuff you had in your entertainment center, but the low profile of the furniture will take up much less physical (and visual) space, making the room feel much more open. Not to mention, you’ve now freed up a whole lot of wall space — perfect for mounting that TV!

Wall Shelves (Nina Hale via Flickr)

Hang in there: Floating shelves are a great way to leverage space that would otherwise go unused. (Nina Hale via Flickr)

  1. Climb the Walls, In A Good Way – The key to making a room feel spacious is to maximize floor space. One of the best ways to do this is by making the most out of your walls. Instead of bulky bookcases, install floating shelves.

    Even better, line the topmost portion of your walls with shelves, and ring your room with all of your favorite books and knickknacks. Add a simple step stool for easy access, and you’ve got a library-like look without feeling that the walls are closing in.

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  1. Lighten Up – Open up some space on those tabletops by getting rid of table lamps. Recessed lighting or track lighting for the ceiling are great ways to brighten things up, and using a dimmer allows you to create mood lighting in the same way a lamp can.

    Want to do something a bit more dramatic? Invest in a unique ceiling fixture. This could be a funky chandelier or a series of sleek pendant lights. Wall sconces are also a great way to add light to a room without adding bulk or clutter, and they help add a little drama and sophistication without weighing things down.

  1. Know When to Fold ‘Em – If you’re looking to save space and don’t yet have any drop-leaf or gateleg tables, get thee to a furniture store! These pieces generally have a small or slender profile when the leaves are down, but offer plenty of surface area when you decide to expand one or both sides. These tables are perfect for entertaining, but they can also be great for everyday living in a small space.

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    Not much room for a kitchen table? A gateleg can be folded away to next to nothing and left against the wall, letting you have all the floor space you need when you’re not dining. Yup, you really can have the best of both worlds.

  1. Peg It – At first glance, a pegboard might not seem like the most attractive space-saver, but hear us out. Whether you use it in the kitchen to hang your cooking supplies (saving precious drawer space!), in the garage to hang tools or in your bedroom to hang jewelry, ties and other small items, this easy-to-install unit takes up little-to-no space and can act as an accent rather than an eyesore. We suggest giving the basic white or brown board a coat of paint in a bright, unexpected color (sleek black or slate gray look great, too!) or framing the board with a few simple pieces of molding.

Now, go revamp your place and cut down on the clutter once and for all!

Paul Kazlov is a home remodeler and a big fan of going green whenever he can. He contributes to the Global Home Improvement blog. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.

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