A spacious apartment is hard to maintain, especially if you are living in a city whereby housing prices may be rocket high. No matter how small an apartment is, we just need to be smart about storage and ensuring we make use of the space as efficiently as possible.
Here are some tips on how we can make full use of the limited space we have and we may realize that the size we have does not really matter.
Lighten up your walls
Try to choose a white or light color palette for your wall color to brighten and enhance the limited space. Rich, darker color tone tends to make our living area appear smaller. To add color, you can bring color into the space in other ways like the sofa, rug, or artwork.
Define separate areas
When there is a lack of definition to the space, it can lead to the overall area looking messy. Try to define separate areas and give each area a specific purpose. For example, put the coat and shoe rack by the door. Back your sofa to the foot of your bed to draw eyes into your living area.
A bookshelf is another good idea for a room divider. Previously, we used to hang a curtain from the ceiling as a room divider. But this is not a very pleasing sight. If we use a bookshelf as a room divider, by filling the shelf with books, you can keep your sleeping area private and drawing attention to your living space.
Make use of your vertical space
Using shelves to store your objects is innovative and practical as you are taking advantage of your vertical space. You can even make use of the storage space above your cabinets.
Use lidded boxes to hide loose objects. It is an investment to get furniture with built-in, hidden storage. Opt for sliding doors for the closet.
Declutter your apartment regularly
It is only human nature to accumulate clutter after living in the same place for some time. Living in a small apartment, clutter is much apparent because there are fewer places to hide. To maximize the space in your apartment, you will need to learn how to let go of your stuff. Instead of holding on to everything, ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”
Once or twice a year, review your possessions and reevaluate what should be kept. Enforce this by setting a deadline, tackle one area at a time, and do start with the most cluttered area first.
No matter how small your apartment is, nothing beats than having your own space.
Futon or other convertible furniture
A futon is a bedding set consists of a padded mattress, a quilt, and a pillow. The futon is put on the floor at night for sleeping. They can be easily rolled up and stored away in a large closet so that space can be used be for other purposes during the days. A futon needs to be aired regularly to prevent mold from developing.
A futon can be used as regular bedding as long as there is enough cushioning to support one’s back during sleep. Historically, the Japanese used futon to sleep is not because they are good for the back, but rather traditionally, they do not have beds and mattresses at the time yet.