Living in a small home can be equal parts blessing and curse – depending on how you choose to look at the situation.
If all you can see is the tight space you need to navigate to get from the sofa to the kitchen, or the fact that the bathroom doesn’t provide enough space to prance around belting out your favorite oldie – you might start to feel cramped.
On the other hand, if you embrace the lack of space as less space to keep tidy and clean, and enjoy the lower rent and utilities – you’ll notice you enjoy it more.
Here are 5 ways to make the most of your tiny space:
Choose the right furniture
The first thing to consider in a small space is the furniture you choose to bring it to life with.
Think about the items you actually need – do you actually use the dining table, or do you always end up eating at your desk? Do you need a desk, or do you usually work at the dining table? How many guests do you expect at any given time, and how much seating do you need to provide?
Make sure you measure the space properly, so you go furniture shopping armed with the right data.
Make good use of your items
Sometimes you don’t need to crowd your space with appliances that do the same thing.
For instance, you can buy a microwave oven instead of a regular oven, especially if you don’t do a lot of cooking at home. You can use the aforementioned desk as a dining table and vice versa. You can sleep on the sofa, especially if you get one of those comfy sleeper sofa mattresses you can just throw over the actual sofa.
Store things wisely
Storage is often the most challenging issue in smaller apartments, so the more your furniture can double as storage space, the better.
Coffee tables with extra shelves, beds with storage space under the frame, sofas that open up and offer some space are all great choices.
You can also hang a lot of stuff on the walls (including your bike), or get some of those hanging storage units that drop from the ceiling.
Pocket your doors
Doors that need to swing open can take up an excessive amount of room. If you can make them pocket doors or slide doors instead, or even opt for foldable doors (or turn your space into a no-door area entirely), you will suddenly open up your interiors.
Play with lighting and reflections
Smaller spaces can be made to look bigger with the clever use of mirrors. Strategically placing them above your sofa, above the TV, or so that the living area is reflected in the sleeping area or kitchen can introduce a bit more airiness.
Lighting will also play a huge role – darker spaces will seem smaller and less inviting, while well-lit spaces will appear larger.
Place your lamps well, or go for fairly lights and other trinkets that will bring in some warmth and bring your space to life.
To sum it up
With a bit of clever engineering, even the smallest of spaces can be made to appear much more inviting and homey than they might appear to be at first glance. Take some time to furnish and decorate your space, and you’ll find yourself resenting its size less and less.