Getting the most out of a small living space can be tough, especially without making it look cluttered and smaller than it actually is. Smaller apartments can sometimes be harder to decorate than larger ones because of the limited amount of space available. We’ve come up with a few tips to help you maximize your small spaces.
Making small spaces seem larger is key, create zones for different activities within your space. Make “rooms” with aspects to them using different furniture pieces or designs.
Double the use: buy pieces that can be used in more than one way. A table that can function as both a desk and a dining table can save space or choose pieces like ottomans and end tables that provide you with extra hidden storage and multiple uses. Day beds or deep sofas provide extra sleeping space for guests without extra clutter. Folding chairs and collapsible or flip top tables also take up less space than conventional furniture. Thanks to wireless technology you can easily reposition pieces like lighting, speakers or other gadgets. Find pieces that will provide the functionality you need but will take up the smallest amount of space. You can use two smaller coffee tables in the place of one large table; they are easily moved and help with traffic flow when you have guests.
Deceive: Use mirrors, floor length curtains and see through furnishings to make your space appear larger. Use bookcases and cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling; this maximizes space but also draws the eye upward. Even toned rooms can also create the effect of space, opposed to loud and busy patterns. It can create an illusion of distance and openness, feeling bigger than it is. Same goes with natural light, open windows can help add more space to the eye. Using thin curtains can allow for light to come in but maintain privacy at the same time. Using big, but few furnishings also can make a room appear bigger. Including just a few large pieces of furniture in a room actually makes it seem bigger than it is.
Stay organized: have a system where you can easily find things. This avoids you searching everywhere and going to buy a second set of what you need. Eliminating the duplication of things frees up space in your living area.