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Get The Most Out of Your Apartment Space
You can have lots of experiences or you can have lots of stuff. If you’re not having lots of experiences, then you might well have lots of stuff, whether it’s furniture, clothes, tech and entertainment gear or other items. You could be accumulating so much of all this stuff that your apartment is growing too small. It doesn’t have to. Here are a few ways you could get more out of the space in your apartment:
Visualise your home without any furniture. This will help you to look beyond the current furniture arrangement. Is the space large enough to divide into more functional zones? You could, for instance, place your sofa in the middle of the room and the TV opposite it, rather than push the sofa up against a wall. The space this creates behind the sofa could be a dining area. You could place a console behind the couch, and this would be a storage space for both the living room and the dining area.
Mounting shelves and items of furniture on walls is the real ace in your pack and you can save a whole load of space by mounting ‘floating’ shelves instead of buying storage units. Then there are items such as folding dining tables, which you attach to the wall, pull down and fold back up again when you’ve finished using them. Think of all that floor space you’ll have!
If a feature of the apartment takes up a lot of space and is impossible to store away, such as a pillar, try to blend it into the walls. Making the item seem part of the wall will create the feeling and illusion that you have more space than you really do.
Seize the hidden opportunities in the bathroom
We think of the bathroom as somewhere we just go to wash, shower and use the toilet. This perspective blinds us to the untapped storage potential of the bathroom, though. Sneak in a small table with a drawer to add some extra counter and storage space. A small chair would also be helpful, which you could use as a place for towels.
Invest in an ottoman bed
Beds provide another terrific opportunity to maximise your storage space, especially ottoman beds, which come in handy when you store stuff away at the end of a season, not to be seen again until that season rolls back around. As well as being a practical storage space, they’re a clean one, so you won’t have to worry about your belongings growing dusty. You can also organise them so they’re easy to find when you wish to use them.
Just because items have a main purpose it doesn’t mean they should only serve for that thing. Perhaps your coffee table can double up as a workstation. Could you top your laundry basket with a usable surface and employ it for something else? If you have a bookcase, remember it can be a place for more than just books. Consider buying a larger one and transform it into a multipurpose storage space. What about the stairs? They may lead the way from the bottom of the house to the top, but is there also some space under them where you could store things (or make more decorative)?
Of course, one of the simplest ways to make the most of a smaller space is to not have much stuff in the first place, although that’s easier said than done. There are all kinds of ways to declutter, from the standard three boxes ― keep, throw out, don’t know ― to the popular KonMari Method™, a mindful approach in which the homeowner gets rid of anything that doesn’t bring them some form of joy. Other methods include the ‘one in, one out’ method, in which you throw out something old every time you buy something new. This approach works well with clothing.
You might not have much space in your apartment, but seize the opportunities certain areas and features of the home have for storage, on the possibilities you can multipurpose furniture and, generally, arrange your furniture in a practical manner, and you’ll have more space than you think! Enjoy!