Living in a smaller home doesn't necessarily have to mean living with less, but it does mean you have to be extra choosy when you're picking your furnishings. Here are a few tips from Apartment Lifestyle to help you choose the best pieces to suit apartment living.
It's common knowledge that simple furniture with clean lines will make a space look much bigger than busier, more ornate pieces. But of course, this doesn't mean you have to avoid more elaborate furnishings altogether – it just means you need to think about how you display them. For example, they can often form a striking centrepiece against a largely sleek and modern aesthetic. Otherwise, the general rule is that less is more when it comes to furnishing apartments.
Anyone who's lived in a smaller space knows how quickly surfaces can become covered in the detritus of the day-to-day – from yesterday's newspaper to this morning's shopping bags. In some tiny bedrooms, it can seem like you put two things down and the room becomes a mess.
That's why storage is so important. The right storage areas can make a world of difference to the look and feel of your home. Streamlined shelving will be your hero in tight places – perfect for displaying your special items and getting rid of any last-minute mess from the floor!
The best pieces will combine discreet storage compartments in a multi-purpose design. For example, a coffee table that doubles as a cabinet, or a footstool that opens up to reveal storage compartments within.
In line with the above, it's ideal to find furniture that can do two things for you at once. For example, a table with inbuilt bookshelves, or a fold-out couch that doubles as a spare bed for your guests.
Sideboards are a classic when it comes to versatility, as they are effectively a display surface, side table, buffet table and storage cabinet all in one.
A deceptively simple space-saver is the extendable dining table, which lets you accommodate extra guests at a moment's notice without taking up too much precious space.
Furnishing a small house or apartment is simply a matter of choosing furniture that helps you maximise the use of every hidden space – whether it's under the bed, on the wall, or behind the couch. As long as you can think outside the box, you won't feel like you're living in one!
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