Need more personal space? Living in a studio or one-bedroom apartment can sometimes feel a little like cramming circus clowns into a Volkswagen Beetle. The object is to fit an unbelievable number of items into a small space.
Folding screens and other room dividers are a great way to create living spaces, such as a work area or reading nook. And speaking of reading, bookcases can function as room dividers while also providing valuable storage space.
2. Think Vertical
High-rise buildings originated as a way to accommodate increasing numbers of people in decreasing amounts of space. Why not use the same principle inside your apartment? Storage towers and multi-tier shelving units provide a lot of options within a small footprint, and doors are vast expanses of space just begging to be utilized.
3. Clean Up the Clutter
Let's face facts: being a slob takes up a lot of valuable room. Clutter is a waste of space, and it makes your apartment look even smaller than it is. Commit to regular housekeeping habits before you end up on an episode of Hoarders.
4. Go Big
Don't furnish your apartment like a dollhouse. It might sound strange at first, but a few strategically chosen large pieces of furniture create a visual impression of space, while several pieces of tiny furniture form choppy sight lines and a messy look.
5. A Tisket, A Tasket...
Baskets can become your new best friend. They come in an infinite number of sizes and styles and they're versatile enough to go anywhere, from underneath tables and beds to the tops of shelves and cabinets.
6. Think Multitasking
As you furnish your apartment, give careful thought to pieces that can provide multiple functions.
Daybeds and sleeper sofas are classic solutions for combining two major furniture pieces into one.
Ottomans and benches can serve as both extra seating and storage, which might make them the perfect pieces of furniture.
Nesting tables pull out for additional surfaces when needed, such as entertaining guests.
Top a pair of matching storage chests with a wood or plastic countertop for an instant desk.
Seating stools make convenient and space-saving side tables.