There are numerous benefits that come with living in an apartment. There is less space to take care of, no yard maintenance, and extra amenities like gyms, pools and common areas. At the same time, because apartments are smaller, every square foot counts. It’s important to know how to make the most of small spaces to live comfortably. Here are several tips that everyone should keep in mind.
Use Smaller Tables
Yes, there is something elegant that comes with having a full-size dining room table; however, it is challenging to shift a dining room table out of the way or maneuver it in such a way that it takes up less space. Instead, use a dinette set or a pub table. They’re still stylish but simply take up less room. If you have a lot of guests coming over and the table isn’t big enough, this might be a good time to spread the party out between the living area and the table. Furthermore, there might be a way to take the party outside to the pool, grill or another community area.
Consider Foldable Options
Alluding to the party situation above, it might be a good idea to find a table that can extend with an added leaf when necessary. The table can be kept small most of the time; however, if necessary, a leaf can be added to make room for a few extra people.
Another great example is a foldable bed. Rather than commit floor space to a full-size bed, consider finding a foldable option instead. This might include a pull-out couch or Murphy bed. Most of the time the couch will function as additional seating in the living area; however, in a pinch, this is a great place for a guest to sleep.
In houses, most people think of storage in a horizontal manner. Items are spread out through different rooms and closets. In an apartment, storage has to be planned vertically. The square footage is limited; however, if items are stored vertically, they still take up the same square footage. For example, consider stacking shelving units on top of each other. Have a few units side by side and then add more on top. This will stretch the storage space vertically instead of horizontally while also storing items efficiently. It might be helpful to loft the bed and store items underneath as well.
Living in Small Spaces with California Stools, Bars, and Dinettes
Apartment living is fantastic, but space can be limited so a little careful planning goes a long way. At California Stools, Bars, and Dinettes, we have two convenient locations in San Jose and Pleasant Hills. We have everything you need to make the most of apartment living. Come and visit us today!