How to maximise space in a small apartment
Living in a small apartment has an abundance of advantages – its easier to clean, quicker to heat and cool down, harder to lose things, and usually cheaper to buy or rent.
However, it comes with several drawbacks too – you are limited in your furniture options, will find it difficult to entertain friends or raise a family, and must be a lot more diligent when it comes to organisation.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which you can maximise space in a small apartment, making it a fun and functional living space all year round.
Think up not out when it comes to storage
Even if the square footage of your apartment is nothing to write home about, don’t forget that there’s more to a living space than just its floor plan. After all, that square footage extends from the floor to the ceiling and the endless possibilities that come with vertical storage.
As opposed to a sizeable bookcase that takes up a great deal of room on the floor, think about putting up higher, taller shelves on the wall. The same goes for entertainment units or other pieces of furniture that don’t necessarily need floor space.
Choose fewer but larger pieces of furniture
Don’t be fooled into thinking that smaller pieces of furniture are more suitable for a smaller apartment. You’ll soon run into the issue that more furniture to fulfil all of your needs actually means less functionality and less room.
So, consider buying one large sofa instead of a smaller three-piece suite. Rather than two or three small side tables, buy one giant coffee table. Despite the fact they take up more floor space by themselves, you don’t need multiple items of furniture and won’t duplicate elements like armrests or table legs.
Be critical and cull your possessions
Ever since appearing on our TV screens with her hit Netflix show, Marie Kondo has inspired scores of people to tidy up and de-clutter their homes. By taking a critical approach to your possessions and getting rid of anything unnecessary, you’re bound to feel a lot more content and comfortable in your surroundings.
Start small by going through clothes you don’t wear very often before moving onto bigger and more important items like furniture. You may even be able to sell your possessions for a tidy profit or donate them to a worthwhile cause.
Use trunks for tables
When you think about it, tables are actually a huge waste of space due to the vast chasm of untapped storage opportunity between each leg. That’s why using trunks for tables makes perfect sense, as you’ll end up with serviceable yet stylish pieces of furniture.
Trunks tend to be well suited as coffee or bedside tables due to their size and shape. This also makes them ideal for storing things like books, magazines or other items you use on a daily basis in your main living spaces.
Look for foldable furniture
Devoting the little extra space you have to a guest bed that only gets used occasionally is a waste. This is especially true when couches or chairs that feature a foldable bed inside serve the same purpose yet can be used at other times too.
Foldable tables and chairs are also a good idea if you’re happy to eat off your lap on the sofa most of the time but have the need to entertain guests every once in a while.
Avoid unitaskers or inflexible furniture
Unitaskers are appliances or utensils that only perform one specific task. It goes without saying that the more unitaskers you have in your home; the less space you have to play with.
In years gone by, unitaskers were some what necessary to perform certain duties in the kitchen or play media in the living room. But thanks to advances in design and technology, they’re being replaced with simpler, more streamlined alternatives.
Invest in a storage unit
If you simply cannot get rid of certain possessions or treasured items of furniture, consider investing in a storage unit. Available in a variety of different sizes, storage units are a great way to de-clutter your home or make more space available.
Then when you do move into a bigger place or the need arises, you can easily access your possessions and furniture once again, safe in the knowledge they’ll be in the same condition as you left them.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Cubic Storage, who will be on hand to help you find the right solution for your storage needs.