There are a lot of benefits to living in an apartment. There’s less to clean, you save a bit on rent and you may even be centrally located in a cool, urban area. However, storage can be an issue with a small apartment, and maximizing limited space is never easy. Here are seven tips for getting as much space as possible from your small home.
1. Downsize your refrigerator.
If you don’t cook a lot or eat at home often, odds are you can get away with a smaller refrigerator. You’ll save yourself a ton of space, and you’ll also cut down your electricity bill, since it uses less energy to run a small fridge. Just make sure that there’s plenty of venting around the fridge, wherever you decide to put it.
2. Use the space under the bed.
If you don’t have a bed frame that lays right on the floor, you can use the space underneath for storage. If you need more space, purchase bed risers that will raise its height. If you want to hide the storage boxes, use a long bed skirt. Or, you can choose pretty containers that you won’t mind showing. If you have a low bed, consider buying a storage bed, which has drawers that pull out from the base. You can even make your own storage bed if you’re ready to tackle a DIY project.
3. Max out the space in your closet.
A good closet overhaul can produce more space than you realize is there. First, get rid of anything you don’t wear or use anymore. Then, invest in a few inexpensive organization accessories, like scarf hangers, multi-pants hangers, stackable storage boxes and over-the-door hanging bags. A little organization can go a long way to freeing up space, which can help you clear the clutter out of the other areas of your home. Since your closet is solely for storage, carefully look at it to see any unused areas, then think of clever ways to use them up.
4. Add hanging space with cabinet pulls.
Bookshelves can be a pain to install, and depending on your agreement with your landlord, you may not be able to put up bookshelves at all. Cabinet and drawer pulls, though, are easier to install and remove, and they can create more space for hanging items. They’re an inexpensive way to make space for hanging clothing, towels or jewelry. You can even loop a plank hanging on rope over the drawer pull for a makeshift and rustic shelf.
5. Swap out your décor or furniture.
You wouldn’t leave your holiday decorations up all year long, and you can approach the rest of your home’s décor and furnishings the same way. Instead of feeling like you have to have everything out and showing all the time, pack some items away and then swap them out every few months. You’ll get use and enjoyment out of your belongings without using up space that could otherwise be functional or more attractive. Store them out of the way at home and mark down on your calendar when you want to do a mini-redecoration.
6. Mount your flat screen TV.
Most people don’t have bulky add-on equipment for their TV anymore, making big TV stands unnecessary. If your living room is looking cluttered, get rid of your TV stand and mount the TV on the wall. You can install it yourself, or ask to have a pro do it, which is a small, one-time expense.
7. Consider getting a storage unit.
If you’re seriously limited on space and can’t seem to make your apartment comfortable and clutter-free, consider getting a small storage unit nearby. These can be less expensive than you’d think, especially if you rent when they’re running a special, like during the summertime. For less than $50 a month, you may be able to get rid of some of the clutter and seasonal items that’s taking up space in your home.
Small apartments have their own limitations, but there are definitely budget-friendly ways to maximize your storage space and living area.