Big Space-Saving Tips for Small Apartments

Nearly everyone can stand to save a little space — even those of us with plenty of elbow room at home. But if you are living in a small apartment, it is even more important to figure out ways to make the most of your space. Let’s look at some space-saving tips that can be used by anyone.

The Space Under Your Bed
There are beds that have lots of space under them. These are ideal for storage. The space can be used to store shoes, clothes, books and other things. These can be seasonal things or items you need on a daily basis. Another way to get organized is to use storage containers under the bed. These containers can help you maximize the space even more.

Be Organized
One of the most important space-saving techniques is to simply be organized. This is easier said than done, but it’s well worth the effort. You can jump start your organization in two steps:

  1. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need
  2. Create a specific space for each of your necessities

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Smart Furniture
The world of furniture design has evolved to fit the needs of today. Some people refer to these items as smart furniture. Here are a few examples:

  • A table with chairs that converts to just a table
  • A sofa bed
  • A wall bed
  • Storage space under the stairs
  • Shelving within the walls
  • Benches and tables with storage space inside

This kind of furniture is perfect for small spaces, and the pieces are economical because they serve more than one purpose.

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Storage
Storage spaces can be difficult if your home is not well planned or organized. Storage units under the couch or bed help keep your clutter out of sight. Shelves can help you stay organized but can also give your space a messy look if the shelved items are not arranged properly. Anything that you don’t use regularly should be placed in a storage container under the couch or bed. It is a good idea to dispose of items that have not been used in years.

Clear the Floor
Look for furniture that doesn’t need to be places on the floor. Lamps are a good example. Instead of floor and table lamps, try using ceiling or wall lamps.

Divide and Conquer
Where possible, try to use each room or piece of furniture in more than one way. For example, your living room could double as a home office. For a really small space like a studio apartment, you could try a sofa that converts into a bed. Plus, you could use some of the smart furniture listed above to create floor space that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to use.

There is no way to physically make a small space bigger, but the way you design that space and the type of furniture you use can be a great help in creating additional space.

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Be Realistic
Often people shop with their eyes and purchase things they really can’t use or will use only once. When you are working with limited space, you should go through your clothes and other items to get rid of the things you are no longer wearing or using.

In small bedrooms, space can be maximized by ensuring all storage furniture and closets are properly used, and drawers and shelves are functionally organized. Small rooms like college dorms, studio apartments and bedrooms in tiny homes can still be well organized. Just remember to keep only the things you really need.

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