It can be challenging to move into a smaller apartment, especially if you’re used to having a lot of space. But with some creativity, and the right furniture, you can keep your apartment organized and clutter-free.
Here are 12 space-saving tips to help you make the transition to a smaller apartment.
- Invest in multi-functional furniture.
Think of sofas that double as a bed, or an ottoman for storage and decorative purposes. Choose coffee tables that have hidden compartments, or desks with built-in shelving for your books and magazines. When your space is small, you can get creative with multifunctional furniture.
- Use vertical space.
Don’t forget about the walls! Make use of vertical space by installing shelves, hooks, and wall organizers to store items. This will keep your space clutter-free and make it feel more spacious. For a truly impressive effect, install a bookcase with a ladder integrated into it.
- Store items under the bed.
Use a bed-riser to raise the bed up off the ground, creating more space underneath for storage. Invest in bed storage containers with wheels so you can easily pull them out when needed. Your bed frame can also be outfitted with compartments and drawers to store seasonal clothing and extra bedding.
- Use space-saving vacuum bags.
On average, space-saving vacuum bags can reduce the volume of stored items by up to 75%. Simply place your items in the bag, suck out the air, and then seal the bag. You’ll be amazed at how much space you can save!
- Choose compact appliances.
Size matters when it comes to appliances. Consider investing in compact versions of appliances like a refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. Compact appliances are often more energy-efficient, which can lower energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Consider a foldable dining table.
A foldable dining table can be a practical space-saving solution for a small apartment. When not in use, simply fold it down and store it away. Foldable dining sets often come with chairs that can also be stored away when not in use.
- Use modular storage systems.
Modular storage systems have interchangeable units that you can combine and configure to suit your needs. Use them to store just about any item – from clothing to shoes, books, and kitchenware.
- Maximize closet space with organizers.
There are many ways to configure your closet so you can maximize its space. Use hangers, shelves, and containers to keep your items organized and easily accessible. When items have a home, they will be less likely to end up scattered across your apartment.
- Be creative with sliding doors.
Sliding doors are practical and stylish solutions for small apartments. They take up a small space, but can be used for a variety of ways to maximize space. Use sliding doors to separate your living and sleeping areas, or set up sliding closet doors to optimize storage space.
- Use transparent storage containers.
Transparent storage containers can help you keep items visible and easily accessible, which is a great way to avoid clutter. In addition, transparent storage containers, just like mirrors, give the illusion of more space. Use them in your kitchen cabinets.
- Use mirrors.
Mirrors can help make a small space seem bigger, as they reflect light and create the illusion of a larger space. Adding a mirror to your wall can also be a functional storage solution. Use it to hang jewelry, scarves, and other accessories
- Invest in lighting to create a bright and open feel.
Use warm and soft lighting to make your small space feel cozy. Accent lighting, such as wall sconces, or picture lights, draw attention to specific areas, adding depth and dimension to a small room. And of course, natural light from open windows help create that feeling of spaciousness.
Keep your apartment organized by frequently decluttering and organizing.
A small apartment doesn’t have to feel cramped or cluttered. With a little effort, you can transform your small apartment into a beautiful, functional, and clutter-free living space. Use these tips and invest in space-saving solutions that work for you and your lifestyle.
Use The Padded Wagon’s storage solutions if you want to keep items but don’t need them in your apartment. Our climate-controlled storage units feature 24-hour security and inventory management. So, when the time comes for you to move into a larger home, you can rest assured your other items will be ready.