Though there are multiple benefits of renting an apartment, getting a lot of space is usually not one of them. However, there are fortunately certain things that a person can do to improve their situation without having to change the apartment itself. For getting the most out of a small apartment and getting rid of piled up mess, following are a few tips to organize an apartment and maximize the usable space:
1. Think Tall
When the bookshelves or any other shelves are being installed, buy something which reaches high towards the ceiling of the place. Greater number of shelves mean greater area of storage. Installing shelves higher also helps eliminate the cramped feeling.
2. Rotate Clothing
There is no necessity of having a wind-proof or thick jacket for snow eating up space in the closet during summer season. For making efficient use of the space, clothing should be rotated by season. Only things that are appropriate for the current season should be placed in wardrobes and other things should be packed and placed in store rooms.
3. Raise The Bed
Beds that are higher off the ground are a better choice for people who face challenging situation of storage in their apartments. If somebody has a bed that is not high enough, they should instead buy a high bed under which they can place bins or cases for storing items like jackets, shoes, children’s toys, and etc.
4. Add Shelves
Do not limit the storage space by installing the traditional bookshelves only. For creating space in the washroom, additional shelves can be installed above the toilet, or in the closet for maximizing the organization and capacity of a closet. Instead of having headboards, shelving units can also be installed so that nightstands can be removed and more space can be created.
5. Strategic Furniture
Apart from buying furniture that will give out an illusion of bigger space (like couches and glass tables with small legs), a homeowner can also position their furniture for creating mini-rooms within the apartment for organizing the flow of entire space.
Everything inside in apartment should have more-than-one functions. Instead of having a separate couch, one can buy a daybed. Moreover, the dining table can also be used as work or office space when it is not being used for dining purposes.
7. Rollaway Surfaces
When a small place is being organized, rollaway surfaces such as a wheeled kitchen cart may give more workspace in living room plus an extra counter space within kitchen when it is needed.
8. Hang The Television
For getting more space to showcase the organization ability, hang the TV, however, do place a table underneath the TV for storing some books and DVDs. It will not only give out a neat look but it will maximize the functionality and space as well.
9. Hidden Storage
Make use of hidden storage spaces as much as possible. Besides raising the bed to placing boxes underneath, coffee tables can also be utilized by hanging a skirt around it and putting things under it.
10. Angled Furniture
Furniture like chairs can be placed in corners of the room and their backside can be utilized for storing baskets and other things like CD collection, some sports items and etc.