Apartment living can be a two-sided coin. On one hand, you have a space that is manageable, relatively cheap to maintain and an area that you can infuse with your personality through interior design. On the other, the space can cramped, cluttered and stressful to relax in. I’ve lived in so many small spaces. From my first University room, to a shared dorm room in Los Angeles at UCLA and the smallest University room I’m in now. So sadly, I’m an expert in small living spaces. But that means that when I finally move into somewhere big enough to swing a cat (as my mother says) I’ll hopefully be a pro at maximising space.
There are a variety of ways to get around clutter and that centres around storage. With the amount of dual-purpose furniture and intelligent space saving storage available, you can ensure that your cute little pad doesn’t descend into a clutter laden dwelling. (Or at least try!)
The best forms of storage are those that you don’t even know are capable of storage like those found at https://www.pinterest.co.uk. Stools with little lids for seats, wall boxes with a mirror frontage complete with cupboard space and sofas with under seat drawers can be great savers of space. By hiding your storage in furniture that you would already have, there’s no need to buy anything extra. If a stranger walked into your apartment, they ideally shouldn’t even be able to spot your storage.
I love the idea of a bookcase under the bed. Not only is it a great way to store your books but it also looks absolutely amazing.
Go For Function As Well As Design
For storage to be adequate, it needs to be functional. Hanging storage that can be attached from the walls can act as statement design pieces and can also be useful for storing clothing, linen and other materials. Other wall-based storage such as cabinets and shelving no longer have to be the bog standard pine stripped bookcase. Cubes, asymmetric designs and hidden cubby holes make for superb storage in cramped spaces. It also means you don’t have to purchase extra cupboards and chests that can take up valuable floor space. I see a lot of bloggers accessorising their storage space with cute succulents, prints from Etsy or rose gold additions and it makes a lot of difference to an otherwise boring IKEA shelf.
Think Outside The Box
Sometimes it pays to think outside of our apartment rather than squeeze everything within our four walls come what may. If you have loft space, utilise it. If you need to source a storage depot, check out a company like https://www.mybekins.com (usa based) who won’t tie you into a long-term commitment for a storage unit and will allow you to only pay for the time you use the space, whether it’s for three weeks or three months.
If you’re really struggling for storage space, think about utilising some of the features of your home for alternative purposes. If your fireplace is blocked and no longer useable, you can utilise the space for books, CDs/DVDs. Just because you live in a tiny space doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy living in a relaxing atmosphere. You can store your items, hide them away and live in a relatively minimalist environment. All you need to do is think outside the box, use your interior design head and think about function as well as form.
What kinds of storage solutions have your invented around your apartment? I’d love to know any Youtube video or Pinterest hacks you have saved to help me!
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