How to Create Space in Your Condo

living area in a condoIt 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.

Divided zones

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!

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Owning a Condo

Are you trying to decide if condo-living is right for you? While living in a condo is the perfect option for many people, particularly those who want to live a life of luxury, there are some potential downsides to living in a condo. Therefore, before you decide to make a purchase, it is important for you to explore the pros and cons of living in a condo community.

The Downsides to Living in a Condo

Depending on your personal goals and lifestyle, there are some potential downsides to living in a condo. For example, when you purchase a condo that is located inside a tower or multi-unit building, you only own the inside of your unit. Therefore, if you are looking for total homeownership, a condo may not be your best option. Furthermore, since many condo units are connected to one another, you may not feel the same level of privacy and security as you would with a single-family home or separate unit. Depending upon the type of condo community you live in, you may also not have a private front or back yard to enjoy. Since condo communities typically offer shared amenities, such as tennis courts, pools and other recreational equipment, you will also have to be willing to share these items with other condo residents and you will need to pay a monthly condo fee to help cover the cost of maintaining these facilities.

The Benefits of Condo-Living

While there are some potential downsides to living in a condo, there are several benefits as well. For example, condos are often less expensive luxury estates and single-family homes. Furthermore, while you do have to share the recreational facilities with other residents and you do have to pay condo community fees, the cost is still much less than it would cost for you to install and maintain comparable facilities at a private home. Also, you are only responsible for maintaining the inside of your unit while all other responsibilities of homeownership are handled by the condo association. In other words, you don’t have to worry about all of the hassle or expense associated with maintaining the yard, structure and major appliances and systems.