Moving to one of America’s fastest growing cities? While there are countless perks to city life, one downside is often a small living space. If you live in a small urban dwelling like a studio, fitting in all your stuff and finding storage space can get difficult. Of course, putting some of your things in self storage is always an option. But to make your cozy apartment livable, you’ll need to become skilled in small space organization. Here are four quick and ingenious tips for saving precious space and freeing up more room in small apartments.
1. Multi-Purpose Furniture
Furnish your apartment with pieces that have more than one function. A couch with a pull-out bed is an obvious example. Other examples include an ottomans or benches with accessible storage compartments (Bed Bath & Beyond, $79.99) inside. You may need to shop around more to find these types of innovative pieces, but they’re well worth the extra storage space and added tidiness.
2. Utilize Corners
In apartments with limited space, all available room in nooks, crannies and corners must be utilized wisely. Get creative with shelving in corners. Save a little space with unique round shelving or these clever DIY shelves from Apartment Therapy. You can even make a mini home office with a custom-made desk to fit the space.
3. Folding Beds & Furniture
A wall bed, also known as a Murphy Bed, that folds up against a wall is an excellent solution for a small one room studio. When not in use, it stays out of the way in a unit that can include bookshelves and drawers. Other pieces such as drop leaf tables (IKEA, $39.99), desks and chairs save room by folding up into walls as well. To see how folding furniture can be taken to the next level, check out this tiny apartment where all furniture and appliances folds/slides into one wall!
4. Create Optical Illusions
Everyone knows mirrors can create the illusion of more space in a room. But to add even more depth, place mirrors high on walls and use special tilting brackets so they hang slightly downward. Of course, this won’t actually create more space in your apartment, but it will definitely help to make it feel roomier and less cramped. For even more small apartment organization tips, see this helpful article from Marie Clare.
Got an ingenious small space organization tip of your own? Share your small apartment storage ideas below in the comments.