Living in an apartment has its advantages, especially when compared to what a homeowner has to deal with. Some of these advantages include saving money and free maintenance being a phone call away. However, there is one major downside, limited space. But we’re here to help and we know that choosing the right furniture can help maximize apartment space and open up any room.
There are a few simple steps you have to take before you decide to go shopping for that perfect couch. First and foremost, measure your living quarters and determine the amount of space you have to work with. Once this is done, we recommend creating a layout plan. You’d be surprised how much it helps to translate what you have in mind on paper. The layout should be functional and appealing, something you’d be proud to show friends and family. So take your time, figure out where and how you’ll place the furniture, be economical and remember to have fun!
Here are 3 tips to maximize apartment space
1. Multi-Purpose Furniture AKA Space Saving Furniture
Multi-purpose furniture is always a good idea when limited space is a factor. The main objective here is using 2-in-1 pieces of home décor and there are tons to choose from. A good example would be a sofa-bed, which, as the name suggests, acts as a bed and sofa. Being able to fold your bed away gives an immense boost to your available space. You may also consider having a storage/coffee table with hidden compartments and shelves for small items like remote controls, books, and movies or a storage bench to hide blankets in. Furniture like this creates the potential for completely eliminating additional shelves/bookcases or additional closets that may be taking up unnecessary space.
2. Think Small Furniture
When furnishing an apartment, you should almost always pick smaller scale furniture. Not only will you be using less real estate in your apartment, but you’ll simultaneously save you lots of money going for the smaller stuff. Buying a loveseat instead of a sofa is a great example because loveseats traditionally seat 2 people, as opposed to a sofa seating 3. If you find yourself needing to absolutely buy a sofa, consider one with narrow arms and flat sides as these tend to play nice when you’re finding room for them.
3. Open Up Space Using Mirrors & Specific Colors
The primary objective here is to make your apartment “seem” bigger. You can achieve this illusion by using mirrored furniture and wall mirrors. But do be careful with this trick, as adding too many mirrors can make it look like in live in a fun house. Alternatively, choosing the right color palette for your home’s layout can also create a similar illusion. Neutral colors like beige, black, gray, taupe and ivory are great examples. Use step 3 in combination with 1 and 2 and you’ll see your once cramped apartment turn into the spacious living quarters you’ve been wanting.
Remember, when buying furniture for your apartment, take your time. Don’t give in to impulse buying and always make sure you have realistic expectations. Double-check the measurements of the room you’re shopping for and always compare what you’re buying to your notes. Follow this simple guide and you’ll be happy you did!