Like so many people in Australia – especially in its large cities – you may be grappling with the issue of having very limited amounts of space. Studio apartments are particularly difficult to arrange, and many people just throw up their hands and live in cluttered, cramped situations. It doesn’t have to be like that! There are plenty of nifty tricks that you can use to maximize the space you have, creating the illusion of having a lot more; check them out below:
Steer Clear of Coffee Tables – A very common error when arranging small units or apartments is the cluttering up of floors. Sure, coffee tables are convenient – but they take up a lot of very limited floor space. You can achieve plenty of surface space – without sacrificing floor space – by using a corner counter or credenza. Such things are out of the way enough to keep the floor in your apartment clear, but offer enough surface space to be useful and convenient.
Invest in Multitasking Furniture – Without a doubt, wall beds are godsends to those who live in exceptionally small apartments. These days, Murphy wall beds come in a dizzying array of configurations, styles and designs, allowing you to make the most out of your available space. By night, you can fold your wall bed down and sleep on it; by day, you can fold it up and use it as a shelving unit, desk or other useful thing. Wall beds are worthwhile investments and can make a major difference in how cramped – or not cramped – your studio apartment is.
Hang, Hang, Hang! – Floor space may be limited in a tiny apartment, but wall and ceiling space should be ample. Make the most out of this by hanging things from your apartment’s walls and ceilings. Hanging shelves are great options, as are hooks for hanging clothes hangers and other things. Hanging lamps can be used in lieu of standing or desktop models, as well.
Reflectivity Rules – Reflective items help give cramped spaces the illusion of being more spacious. If you are like most other people then you don’t want to hang mirrors on every possible surface in your apartment. Instead, try to select furniture that is made from reflective surfaces such as polished wood and glass. Get creative with your lighting scheme, and your studio apartment will look considerably larger than it actually is – and you’ll feel a lot less stressed!
Get Creative with Storage – Finally, if your apartment is overrun with kitchen cupboards, drawers and shelves, remember that you don’t strictly have to store kitchen items in them. Store whatever you want, wherever you want to – the end result will be a less cluttered, and more liveable, apartment.