We’ve all heard the saying: less is more. And that seems to be increasingly the case when it comes to the size of apartments and condos these days. But while the square footage of many condos and apartments decrease, the rise in innovative ideas to work with storage space marches on.
If you’re experiencing the squeeze in the size of your apartment or condo rental, we’ve come up with a list of ways you can creatively save space so that it doesn’t feel like the walls are caving in on you.
Hang it up!
There are all kinds of great places to hang things, you just have to use a little creativity. You can hang things on both sides of doors, inside cupboards, inside the walls of your closets, beside your bathroom sink, and so on. If you are renting, you may not be able to put many permanent holes in your walls, but there are plenty of other options. There are heavy duty tapes that don’t destroy paint, hooks that use magnets to stay in place, tension bars, door hooks and so on. Another great space saving idea is to hang your bike — there are plenty of options, both horizontal and vertical, and it just depends on what you have the space for, but getting your bike off the ground will free up a lot of room.
If you are living in a small space, one thing you’ll notice is that your bed takes up a large part of the room. One innovative solution that’s gaining in popularity is to build or buy a loft bed. A loft be is sort of like a bunk bed that only has an upper bunk and voila! all the room underneath can be used for pretty much anything else. You can put a desk or a couch underneath, or use it for bike storage… or absolutely anything you want! You’ll be amazed at how much extra room you have.
Coming up with multi use ways to store things is one of the oldest tricks in the book. For example, consider getting a coffee table that has extra storage built in underneath; or find or build an ottoman that has a removable top with storage inside; or put your bed on risers to increase the space below. If you have an empty wall (and if you’re allowed), you can purchase or build extra shelves and use decorative boxes to keep things organized and tidy. Again, when it your bed, consider storing that too, there are cool new ways like the innovative cabinet bed that are gaining in popularity.
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One way to give you the feeling of extra space in an apartment or condo rental is creative furniture placement. If you have a studio where there is only one large room without a separate bedroom, consider putting your couch facing away from the foot of your bed. This will give you the feeling of separation and will make it seem like you have more room than you do. Or use standing book shelves or hang a curtain from the ceiling to divide the space so that the separate areas feel like separate rooms. Placing furniture in unconventional places might seem odd at first but you might also find that new arrangements can be fun and result in seeming like you have extra space.
Get rid of it!
No matter how innovative you get, sometimes there is just not enough space for things, and often we hold onto things that we don’t actually need. If you are moving into a smaller space or it seems like your closets are bursting at the seams, it might be time to do an overhaul of the things you have. Not only does decluttering add a surprising amount of room to your space, you can also make some money by selling things online, and what you don’t sell can be dedicated to others in need. It’s a win, win, win!
No one likes living in a space that feels like you can’t move or breathe, so we hope that these ideas can help. Just remember, creativity goes a long way. If you have any questions about available condo rentals in Estevan, give us a call today and we’ll help you find your next new and exciting place!