27 April 2017

Making the best use of space in a cramped apartment

Living in a cramped apartment can seem really claustrophobic; especially if you do not make best use of the space that you do have. The good news is that there are ways you can make your apartment seem more spacious. You just have to put a little thought into planning and design.

In this article, we are going to give you some tips about how to create much wanted space, even if your apartment is tiny. Hopefully, we can make you feel a bit better about living in a less than spacious environment.

Make use of storage crates

Storage crates are popular when people are moving, or when items are getting packed away in storage units. The thing is, you can actually use storage crates every day. When your kids have been playing with toys, stash them away in a storage crate and push it under the table. That way you are not taking up extra floor space. You can do the same thing with other items, such as books or shoes.

Use curtains instead of doors

Cupboard doors take up more space than you might actually think. It's not just about the door itself, but the space you need in order to open it. For this reason, it's a good idea to use curtains on your cupboards instead. You can just pull them open and then draw them back across; no extra space is required.

Add some mirrors

Adding mirrors to your apartment will not add any extra space; but it will make your home feel more spacious. If you feel hemmed in, in your tiny living space, this is a big deal. We are not suggesting you go for mirror overkill, but a few of them, strategically placed, can make a big difference.

Make use of your parking facilities

If you have parking facilities that come with your apartment, you may be able to make use of some extra space there. You do not even need to have floor space for this to be the case. You can make use of above bonnet storage, which means you are using space which otherwise would not be put to any use at all.

Section off areas

The worst thing for a small apartment is for it to look confused and untidy. This makes the conditions seem even more cramped than they actually are. It's important to have specific areas for specific activity, such as a corner where you watch TV and a corner where you use your laptop or computer. Having some sort of definition in your apartment helps to make it appear more organized and more spacious. 

Living in a cramped apartment is not always easy. But, if that is your only option, you have to make the most of it. Hopefully, you can use some of the tips in this article to turn your apartment into a living environment that, at the very least, feels more spacious. 

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.

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