Living in a small apartment has its benefits and its drawbacks. On the one hand, a small apartment like a studio is can be relaxing for those who want to lead a downsized lifestyle and spend less on monthly rent. On the other hand, small and compact apartments can be difficult outfit and organize without compromising too much space. If you are currently looking for ideas on how to decorate and design your studio or one-bedroom, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, our property experts here at Clintwood Realty have compiled several furniture suggestions to help you get the most out of your small space. Read to for some of our best furniture tips, and contact our Rochester, NY team at (585) 244-0610 today!
When thinking about furniture, other belongings, and general space concerns for your apartment, storage is always a good place to start. In small apartments such as studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms, proper storage is essential maximizing livable space. To keep the square footage on your floor as open as possible, we recommend utilizing the vertical space in your apartment to its fullest when planning your storage. If you’re going to invest in shelving or bookcases (which, in most cases, you’ll need to), make sure that your shelves reach as close to the ceiling as possible while still being reachable for those in your apartments. The same goes for dressers, drawers, and cabinetry in other areas in your apartment. By getting as much out of your vertical storage as possible through tall furniture items, you will be opening up your floor space in your apartment for other uses.
Foldable, Collapsible, and Storable Furniture
With space at a premium in most apartments, finding furniture that’s as compact as possible in generally a good idea. Of course, you don’t want your furniture so compact that it’s no longer comfortable. To optimize both space usage and comfort, many of today’s furniture makers offer foldable and collapsible furniture items to allow for spacious comfort when you need it, and compact storage when you don’t.
If you are looking for a dining or seating set, try to find one that is stackable and designed compact storing. That way, you’ll be able to open up your kitchen and dining space whenever needed. Foldable tables, collapsible chairs and any other well-made items that have the ability to become smaller when needed are excellent investments for homes and apartments that are short on space.
Related to foldable and collapsible furniture items are multi-purpose furniture pieces that can be used for several functions. These items are perfect for small spaces since they consolidate the roles of 2 or 3 furniture items into one fully-functional piece.
If you’re in the market for a coffee table, consider one that opens up for extra storage underneath the hood. Better yet, try to find on that vertically expands into a desk, thus eliminating the need for an extra furniture item. Other multi-purpose furniture items include bed frames with built-in shelf storage, wall-mounted desks with slide-out trays for storage and functional usage when needed, vanity-dresser combos, and more. By adding as many multi-purpose furniture pieces to your home or apartment as possible, you’ll eliminate the need for extra furniture and open up your living space.
We’ve already covered vertical storage, collapsible solutions, and multi-purpose furniture. Our last suggestion isn’t so much a type of furniture as it is a general piece of advice for small-apartment dwellers. When it comes to your furniture, get creative. Learn to build your own vertical storage or collapsible furniture solutions. Don’t be afraid to let your dinner table double as a desk. Many space-related problems can be solved through creative rearranging or thrift-store purchases. Just be sure to make choices that will complement your space. You’re the one living there, after all.