Making the most out of space may require strategy and determination, but it is in no way impossible. With a few simple tricks, you can instantly make your one-bedroom or studio apartment feel as spacious as a family home. Here are five ideas to help get you started.
1. Make Your Furniture Work for You
Taste and practicality aren’t mutually exclusive. Your home decor can reflect your style and adequately suit your spatial needs, so long as you’re thoughtful about your pieces. Opting for collapsible furniture (especially large pieces like tables, sofas and chairs) can significantly maximize your living space. It’s also in your best interest to opt for furniture with built-in (and even hidden) storage compartments. Bed risers, for example, allow for a great deal of under-the-bed storage.
2. Large, Functional Furniture
Though it may seem counterintuitive, opting for larger pieces of furniture serves to significantly open up smaller spaces. This is because an overabundance of smaller pieces can make a space appear more cluttered. Keeping it minimal with a few sizable, functional pieces is the best way to optimize your space.
3. Utilize Vertical Space & Wall Shelves
The space that exists from the bottom of your floors to the tops of your ceilings is completely usable. By filling these spaces with floor to ceiling bookcases or installing wall shelves, you can make your living areas feel much less cluttered.
4. Go Paperless
Paper is underestimated for its ability to cause massive amounts of clutter. Eliminate unnecessary paper by digitizing your documents. Rely on your online magazine subscriptions and opt for paperless bank statements. The more you work to reduce your ecological footprint, the greater you’ll maximize your space.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Downsize
As a general guideline, if you’re trying to organize and maximize your space, do away with the things that you haven’t missed or thought about in a while. If you haven’t actively sought it, it probably isn’t a big deal if you throw it away. Unless it’s an item of sentimental value, toss it to make room for something of greater importance — or, if nothing else, to declutter your space.