The rise of small-space homes is primarily brought about by the influx of people to urban areas. By 2030, nearly two billion people will be migrating to the cities. Real estate developers and designers are coming up with ingenious solutions to supply the increasing demand for housing accommodation. Today, we are witnessing more condominiums and micro apartments. There is also the trend of shared working and living spaces.
Living in small spaces have its pros and cons. It can discourage the accumulation of stuff but can also trigger stress due to overcrowding. “An apartment has to fill other psychological needs as well, such as self-expression and relaxation, that might not be as easily met in a highly cramped space,” the University of Texas psychology professor Samuel Gosling tells The Altlantic. Is it possible to live comfortably in a small apartment? The key is knowing how to maximize space to create a stress-free home.
How to save space in a small apartment? Explore these 10 creative tricks.
Space-saving furniture pieces
Working at home shouldn’t be a problem when you live in a tight home. You can explore space-saving storage ideas in furniture stores. The Seater Sofa, for an instance, provides the comfort you need without taking up too much space. There are innovative furniture pieces that have hidden storage such as work desks that can store books, photo albums, and other items.
You may have heard about floating shelves, but what about wall-mounted workstations? Not only does this trick save you space, it can also save you money because you can build it on your own. You can use wood scraps as the desk and old drawers as the shelves. Sand, apply varnish paint, and they mount them on your bedroom or living room wall.
Build a SuperCabinet in your kitchen
The kitchen is no longer “mother’s personal kingdom” as more families work, study, and spend time together in this area. This is partly due to the space-saving design of many condo homes, where the kitchen is conjoined with the dining area. Martha Stewart shares the SuperCabinet for your kitchen. “Rolling trays and wire pullouts put everything within reach, so you can get the most of your cabinet space. Also, wire door racks keep smaller items right at hand,” she advises on her website.
Bookshelves as room dividers
Are you living in a studio apartment? No problem! There are various storage hacks you can explore. You can use a bookshelf as a divider between your sleeping area and living room. Add a curtain for extra privacy. A fine bedside table would lift the cozy ambiance and offer more storage for your belongings.
Innovative utility box under your stairs
With the right design concepts, you can have a clutter-free small apartment. How? You use the idle space under your stairs as a utility box or storage for carpets and rugs. This will need carpentry work, so seek assistance as needed.
A stairway of all trades
Do you know that you can turn your small apartment into a comfortable dwelling? Take it from Dao Architecture which redesigned a dilapidated garage into a posh apartment. One space-saving trick they did to a 970-square-foot pied-à-terre in Portland was to build a stairway that also serves as storage. You can have a mini library and display treasured décor without eating up extra square footage.
Your mini stairway office
Another novel way of maximizing the space under your stairs is to turn it into a work area. You can install a wall-mounted desk and add a Darwin storage furniture. This space-saving hack can also offer the privacy you need when trying to finish work.
Wall-mounted dispensers for your kitchen
The kitchen is the busiest place in the house. This is especially true in homes with an adjoining kitchen and dining area. How can you create extra space in your cooking area? You can install wall-mounted dispensers for grains, pasta, and spices to save you the space racks and cabinets would occupy. Having dispensers can help you have a clutter-free and more organized kitchen. You can check out dining furniture stores for space-saving tables that can both be used for food preparation and dining.
A no-cabinet bedroom for your tiny home
If a cabinet takes up a lot of space in your bedroom, you can opt for a noncabinet room. Simply mount rods to hold clothes and put hanging shelves for your bags and accessories. A simple dresser for shirts, workout outfits, and others can also be used as a shoe rack.
Holders for your bath essentials
Do you have a tight space in your bathroom? Add space without spending too much. You can use plastic boxes (you can also repurpose old ones) as hanging containers for toiletries, towels, and other bathing essentials. If you have mounted rods, you simply need to tie those boxes with ropes or shoestrings.
The rising urban migration is putting pressure on governments and real estate developers to build more housing spaces with the limited land in cities. No wonder the skyline in key cities is continually busy with construction of high-rise residential buildings. You don’t have to live miserably in a small house. Explore ways on how to maximize every square footage by applying new interior designs, buying space-saving furniture, and utilizing your creativity. Discover new storage ideas today!