Finding ways to decorate a small apartment while ensuring good storage and an aesthetically pleasing apartment can be frustrating. As I move from my somewhat spacious one bedroom home on the lake in South Carolina to a tiny one-bedroom apartment in the city of Columbus, Ohio, I know that it will be difficult making all of the things my husband and I have attained fit and look good in a much smaller space. So I have started my search for creative and clever storage and furniture that will complement my smaller space without leaving me frustrated.
Right now, we have quite a bit of larger furniture that will not work well in a small apartment. The main culprit is our behemoth of a sleeper sofa. It fits perfectly in our lake cottage with its wicker arms and lemony yellow upholstery, but this thing is not going to work in a tiny apartment — especially trying to get it up three floors. Instead of even attempting that, we have decided to sell the couch and buy this sleeper loveseat. It weighs half as much and takes up much less space. We also plan to use furniture that works for us in more than one way. Our coffee table for example is a cushion-top ottoman that opens to store linens or, right now, board games. The cushion top flips to become a tray if we have guests and are serving in the living room. We recently inherited two somewhat large end tables for our living room, but they will work in a small space because they are drop leaf — they open up to a large round surface, but when the leaves are dropped, they take up much less room.
Apartment storage is difficult because especially in a one-bedroom, closet space is limited. Also, I’m not willing to give up clothes storage space to shove other things out of sight. Luckily, there are some really creative ways to store things that otherwise would clutter up counter tops. One of my favorites is this rolling pantry. While it’s not beautifully made and probably won’t last forever, it is one of the best ways I have found to make use of that awkward space next to the fridge where I usually shove my broom and mop. If the apartment already has a pantry, I will probably buy this sliding utility storage to mount on the wall to hold that pesky broom and mop.
Making Use of Vertical Space
This one seems like an obvious one, but we plan to make as much use as possible of our vertical storage options. As two English majors, we have a lot of books, and instead of bulky book shelf units that take up precious floor space, we are looking to make or invest in book storage like these floating book shelves and these tall, thin shelves.
Regardless of how it’s done, moving from a house to an apartment requires a good bit of thought into how all these possessions are going to fit into the new scheme and layout of a smaller space. Sometimes getting rid of old furniture and buying newer, more svelte pieces is necessary, but often just reconsidering some smaller fixes like storage opportunities can make room for those bigger pieces you just don’t want to part with.