It can be a challenge figuring out how to best utilize the sometimes limited space in a condo. These simple tips will help you get the most out of your space without sacrificing comfort or style.
When it comes to small spaces, smart storage is key. Think vertically! You’ve got tons of wall space that otherwise remains empty, so why not use it? Whether you’re hanging shelves or coming up with more creative storage (like hanging folding chairs on the wall for dining later, or hanging pots and pans on hooks in your kitchen), don’t let all that vertical space go to waste. It’s not only practical, but it draws the eye up, making a space feel bigger than it really is.
For things that can’t be stored on the walls (or things you don’t want to display), try under the bed, in the closet, or inside cupboard cubby boxes. No small space will go to waste, and all your personal belongings will be stored neatly out of sight. Furniture is also a great way to save on space and storage. Make the most of your space by using storage-friendly furniture (like a footstool that can hold magazines or blankets). The main goal is to get all that clutter off the floor to maintain a streamlined, open concept area that wastes no nook or cranny.
Mirrors and Glass
Mirrors create an optical illusion that makes a small space seem twice as large. Hanging mirrors around on the walls, or having a floor-to-ceiling mirrored all is a great way to open up a small space. Another trick is to maximize lighting. One way to do this is to use glass, acrylic, or lucite when decorating. Try a glass coffee table or clear dining chairs; not only do they fit with a variety of styles, but they let the eye travel through their clear and reflective surfaces.
When space is tight, it is important to create areas that are separated to give the illusion of several “rooms.” Hanging curtains to create a bedroom or playing around with furniture placement to section off a living area are great ways to make a small space multifunctional and appear larger. Try a couch that folds out into a bed, or a table that can be used for both work and eating. No space is too small if you utilize every inch you’ve got!