When you live in a small apartment or home, every inch of space is valuable. Sometimes, all it takes is one pile or clothing, books, or food storage containers to make the whole place seem like a cluttered mess. Wise use of space is imperative.
While there are plenty of pieces you can buy to help make more space in a small house or apartment, often your needs will be as unique as your personality and belongings. This is an ideal area for you to put your do-it-yourself skills to work.
1. Double Duty
It always helps to have furniture that does two things at once. Many items of furniture can double as chairs or small tables, but the more functional your furniture, the more space it will save. Check out this ottoman that can also serve as an end table or a chair, and even has shelves in the sides for books and knick knacks. The best part is that you can make it yourself, giving your wallet a break while giving your home a homemade personal twist!
2. Storable Furniture
Beds that fold into the wall saw a lot of marketing a while back but there is a lot of furniture that can be tucked into the outskirts of your room. Shallow shelves save a lot of space while hinged desks and tables can be propped up when needed, and fold flat against the wall when not in use. This simple do-it-yourself design can be a tremendous space-saver!
3. Portable Tables
Available surfaces are hard to come by in a small space, and sometimes there is not enough room for extra tables. Even a folding table can take up too much room. This small armchair table can solve the crunch by giving you a custom surface of just the right size that you can move anywhere. “Floating” tables can also be mounted to the wall in small spots between furniture; corners make an especially useful place for something like this!
4. Light from the Walls
In small space, there is not a lot of room for lamps on tables or floors. While most small homes or apartments come with light fixtures in the ceiling, wall mounted lights can brighten up the room without taking up that precious space. This can include lamps and wall sconces as well, and doesn’t need to include an electrician or any extra wiring outside of an extension cord!
5. Hanging Pots and Pans
The kitchen is one of the worst places for clutter, since even the simplest recipe requires timing and precision. Saving space is a matter of safety as much as it is a matter of convenience. Hanging pots and pans from a mounted wall shelf can save a lot of room while keeping these items handy for use. Hooks mounted to the bottoms of cabinets can hang pot holders and spatulas. A strong magnet can be mounted on the wall to hold knives and other metal utensils.
6. Standing Shelf Space
Sinks in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as any desk that sees use, also tend to collect a lot of clutter. Standing shelves can easily handle the clutter problem by giving your sinks a sort of overpass. This can add a second layer of storage for cleaning items, plants, gloves, or often-used plates and cups. In the bathroom it could be a place for toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes and soap dishes. Desks can benefit from a setup like this as well as an extra place for pen cups or even flat-screen computer monitors. Building one for your home is as simple as assembling the materials!
7. Mason Jar Storage
Kitchens and workstations can benefit from upcycling mason jars into storage containers. Going beyond the simple “reuse the mason jar,” you can glue the lids to these jars to the bottom of shelves or cabinets to make a handy rack. This can be used to store spices and herbs in the kitchen, office supplies at the desk, and even screws and nails at the workbench.
8. Hanging Key Holder
Keys get lost everywhere – even in the freezer! – so many people have a designated spot by the door to keep house and vehicle keys. When you have limited space, however, hanging your keys may be more practical. Use a picture frame with hooks drilled into it for a decorative way of doing this, or simply attach hooks to the bottom of an existing shelf or cabinet. You can even fill a used light bulb with cement or concrete, add hooks and mount that to the wall for a unique and creative look that can double as a coat rack.
9. Upcycle for the Earth
Wherever you can, you should always upcycle products. We’ve heard of recycling, which is throwing away products to be broken down and reassembled as new products. Upcycling is adapting a product for a different use. For example, Home Depot has this suggestion for using wooden crates to make an ottoman that doubles as storage. Since upcycling is even better for the planet than recycling us, finding ways to upcycle products and materials is a green-conscious way to reduce your carbon footprint – and maybe get some nice decor in the process!
10. Hoop Hamper
Clothing storage is tough, especially for the dirty stuff. Many apartments either don’t have room for a washer and dryer, or, if they do, it adds even more to the cramped feeling. Finding creative ways to store laundry and transport it to be cleaned can make a surprising difference in the amount of space you have. Hanging laundry hampers, such as this one mounted on an embroidery hoop, can not only keep your dirty laundry from creating a mess, it can also be conveniently carried to the laundry room or laundromat.
Decorating a tiny home or apartment may seem like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, but it is actually very easy if you remember you have vertical space on your walls and potential storage in all your furniture. Using smart thinking, creativity and the tips above, you can decorate your small home in a way that is stylish, chic, and all your own!