You don’t need to enforce restrictions on your decor ideas just because your home does not have the space to accommodate your dreams. There are many ways in which you can decorate your small apartment with some really clever pieces of furniture and decor items, and still have plenty of room to move about with ease. Accordingly, here are 7 such must haves every small space definitely needs to have.
Double Duty Furniture
Small spaces can look more overcrowded with large furniture pieces like sofas, sectionals and beds. One way to ensure that you get to enjoy both a sofa and bed in your home without making it look too cluttered would be to opt for a sofa bed combo. It would also be considered wise to opt for furniture pieces that do double duty. For instance, dining room tables that come with storage options and chairs that can be utilized as ladders, etc. can all work out well in a space crunched apartment.
Vertical Storage Options
When you have limited horizontal space to store all your belongings, the next best option would be to go for vertical storage wherein you can utilize the vertical space in your apartment to set up hanging storage pieces. For instance, a hanging storage option above your work desk would be the perfect option to store everything your workspace (and you) would ever need without taking up too much floor space in the process.
The vertical shelf unit by designer Danny Kuo also reiterates the same fact. Resembling a single column of boxes stacked above one another, the shelf consists of drawers that can be pulled out whenever needed and then pushed back into place to minimize space usage. You can also use the bottom drawers are staircases to reach the drawers at the top of the unit.
Modular Decor Items
Consider opting for modular pieces that can be downsized or expanded according to your needs. For instance, the space saving REK bookcase by Reinier de Jong can be pulled out to reveal more shelves for your book collections, or pushed closer together to reveal just a few gaps for the same.
Glass Topped Table
Not many individuals know that having a coffee table in an already small hall would make it look much smaller. A creative alternative for this would be to use a glass topped table instead. These tables allow you to get a clear view of the floor below, thus making the space look larger in comparison. It would also help the room look roomier and airier instantly.
A Screen Divider
Small spaces can look smaller with walls that separate the rooms. Alternatively, you can use translucent screens to divide space without actually cutting off the area completely. Screens made of fabric would be great in this case and can offer you the much needed privacy without making your rooms look like a matchbox.
Plants are a must in every home and help purify the indoor air in addition to giving off a calm, peaceful vibe. While placing multiple rows of plants on the floor can be a space crunching option, you can choose to place them along the length of a vertical planter. Choose one that comes with additional storage options to stack additional accessories so that you can maximize functionality without restricting floor space.
Track Lighting Options
Placing table lamps and huge lights in the room corners would work well for a large room. However, it would tend to make a small room look smaller. Large lights would also look gaudy and out of place in a small room. Your best bet in this case would be to opt for track lighting. Not only will this give off the illusion of a much higher ceiling and more room space, but it would also allow you to install lights wherever you need them in the house. This smart lighting option would thus, allow maximum light into your home without overcrowding it.
A small home doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to forego on your home decorating dreams. By filling the space with functional and yet modular items as well as other simply tricks, you can be rest assured that your home has everything you would ever need, and still ends up looking neat and spacious.