Today, more and more people live in small apartments, especially in big cities. If you live in a small space and don’t use all the tricks that can help you make the most of it, your everyday life can become hectic due to constant clutter. Organizing your small living space efficiently so it still makes you feel at home can be a real challenge, because there are no separate rooms and every furniture piece needs to serve multiple uses. However, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible, and this issue is covered further in this article.
There are various ways to make your small home more enjoyable, such as using unique pieces of furniture that can be assembled and disassembled in a few seconds and creating more storage in a way that will appeal to the overall design.
People who live in a small space tend to purchase small furniture, thinking that large pieces will dominate the room. However, a large sectional can be better that a small chair and sofa.
#2 – Take care of your window coverings. Make sure that they don’t cut off precious light when open. The curtains should keep the entire window pane clear when open, not obscuring the window but falling beside it. Consider hanging them from the ceiling (this will add more height to the space), and never inside the window frame.
#3 – Use your glass and mirrors wisely. They are very important because they bounce the light around the space and can create an illusion of a larger space by maximizing the light. Hang various art pieces in glass frames, tuck the mirrors into corners, and instead of a wooden coffee table – put a glass one. More glass and mirrors will create more reflections. If your doors are not transparent, consider adding glass bi fold doors for more light.
#4 – Vertical space shouldn’t go to waste. Thus, think vertically when you’re hanging shelves or art. Hanging it higher will draw the eye up and make your space feel larger than it is, while it provides a display space for art.
Choosing a few large furniture pieces can make a room feel much more extensive, rather than opting for several smaller pieces. Avoid furniture with thick arms and bold patterns, but find some nice streamlined pieces. Eliminate the need of a flat TV stand by hanging it on a flexible arm.
Light colored to-the-ceiling cabinets, open shelves, as well as glass front doors will save and add light to the space. Having too many dark-colored cabinets will make the kitchen space feel smaller. Also, try to find some wire-shelves (a must-have for every small kitchen) and cork and magnetic boards for hanging pots, pans and utensils (it will help declutter the space on your kitchen counter).
Hide the clutter by using decorative boxes on the shelves, which can be hung right above the toilet. Just make sure you label them in order to find things easier and faster. Get rid of visual obstructions by eliminating the bath or shower door, and hanging a shower curtain (which can be pushed aside when not in use) instead. Add a cupboard with pullout drawers below the sink.
Closet and Hallway
In order to create the illusion of width and draw the eye away from the length of the space, consider adding wallpaper to your hallway. Opt for tone-on-tone papers, because a small space is not where patterns and high-contrast color go well. Add hanging shelves to create space for shoes, hats, and sweaters. When it comes to closet system, it can be very affordable to get a made-to-measure closet system, which can be dismantled in case you decide to move to a new apartment.
When it comes to the best practical use of a small space, it is all about multi-purpose furniture, maximizing light, and adding storage. Consider our tips, get ready, start decluttering your small home today and make your living space more comfortable and enjoyable.