Strategies for Small Apartment Living
Housing trends come and go, and while mega-mansions may be a thing of the past, small living trends might just be here to stay. Developers are responding to the needs of today’s renters by maximizing space with more amenities, greener buildings, and efficient living space. Units are smaller, but there are also more shared multi-use spaces to keep energy costs down and units affordable. So if square footage isn’t your renters’ top priority, what aspect of apartment living appeals to them? For today’s renters, a multi-functional apartment is key. Here are some ways to transform your smaller units into a flexible living space that will accommodate any renter’s lifestyle.
Limited on space? The logical solution is to make it multi-functional. Save space by installing a Murphy bed, also known as a pull-down bed. When not used for sleeping, the bed can be stored out of sight with a stackable desk or table in its place. Perfect for entertaining and utilizing a space to fit multiple functions.
Adding more storage in an already-small space can make the apartment feel cluttered. Help renters live comfortably with all their stuff by installing plenty of storage space. Make use of empty vertical spaces by installing storage. Don’t forget about the space under windows and over doors – a perfect opportunity to expand storage capacity. Doors on shelving and cabinetry allow belongings to be shut away when not in use.
Use sliding doors.
Instead of doors that open and close, install sliding doors that pull out from the door frame. This will instantly create an open floor plan or private space, as needed. Doors that retract into the wall will also provide a little more wiggle room for furniture and storage.
Functional room dividers.
Closing off a corner of the apartment adds privacy to the unit and can help make it feel more like home with a separate sleeping and living area. If adding walls creates a squeeze on space or creates bad lighting, try something more flexible, such as bookshelves (more storage!), retractable screen dividers, or curtains.