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Apartment Furniture Buying Guide

07/12/2016
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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.

Maximise Space with Minimalist Furnishings

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.

Be Smart About Storage

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.


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Choose Flexible Furnishings

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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