Home: How To Maximise A Small Living Space
Updated: Apr 28
If you currently live in a small apartment or even a studio apartment or perhaps you are looking for a 1 bedroom for rent, you will more than likely be all too familiar with the challenges it brings.
Space is at a premium, you may have a serious lack of privacy and struggle to organise and create the living space you desire. The good news, however, is that with a bit of creative ingenuity and planning, you can live stylishly and practically, and I'm going to share a few of my tips with you
If there is lots of natural light, the space will immediately feel bigger. Do not cover windows with dense, dark curtains or cover with blinds and don't block out light with furniture or partitions. If you have a lack of natural light, you can fake it to an extent with bright white walls and ceilings and light-colored floors and big mirrors, which will all help to create the illusion of more space and light.
Bring the outside in
If you are lucky, you might have a small balcony area, but for many people living in an apartment, they have no outside space at all. This does not stop you from bringing the outside into your little home. A few small pots dotted on your balcony look great through big glass doors, and window boxes filled with bright flowers can add a splash of color. You can even have a go at growing fruit and vegetables with a hydroponics system - you can purchase all the accessories that you need from https://thehippiehouse.com.au/collections/pots-stone-wool-and-growing-bags.
Think up, not out
Storage is made a lot easier when you think about going upwards rather than outwards. Keep an eye out for storage systems that can have more than one purpose - for example, a desk with shelving built up towards the ceiling. Free-floating shelves can also hold a multitude of things and can even be used as side tables!
While closed units and cupboards can look tidier, they also close in the rest of the space and make an area feel a lot smaller. Where possible, stick to open shelving and units. Ok, so it does mean that you can't just throw everything in a cupboard and close the door on it, but if arranged aesthetically, it not only adds the illusion of space but can be a feature of your home.
Think about your bed
If space is really short, you could invest in a high loft bed. It may be one to stay away from if you are a sleepwalker, but for most people, it is an easy way of adding space. You could put a couch under to create a cozy seating area or use it as your work area.
Being short on space does not mean you have to compromise on style and practicality. It requires a little more creativity and practicing restraint and minimalism, but a small apartment can feel like a mansion if you put your mind to it!