How to Make the Most of Your Small Space

Marie Kondo may be making magic with her decluttering and organizing wisdom, but how do you make the most of what little space you have? As a resident of a small apartment, I can say that deciding what stays and what goes is only part of the problem. Flexibility is your focus. I think of it as juggling space, and I have some solutions and decorating tips for how to make it work in every room.

Kitchen

Other than being an area to hold dirty dishes, the sink is an underutilized space. Use an over-the-sink cutting board, which is also convenient for dealing with scraps. There are also over-the-sink dish racks that fold up and take up little space.

The kitchen can stand some decluttering. No one needs a full set of pots and pans, for example, or even a butcher block of knives. For what you have left, add vertical storage to taller shelf space with organizers or helper shelves.

Metal bed frame

Bedroom

Beds take up the most room in a small bedroom, so you have to make use of your under-bed storage space. A metal platform bed frame is the least bulky furniture option that will give you space underneath and won’t sag over time like traditional box-spring frames.

S-hooks will save you closet space when hanging jeans and pants, and they’re actually much easier to use than regular hangers. I also always install a simple cube organizer under a section of hanging shirts and sweaters that is fastened directly to the back of the closet.

If you’re lucky to have a window ledge, use it as a bedside table.

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Wooden dining table with stools

Living Room

I finally mounted my TV to the wall, and I’m thrilled with how much room I gained with that small detail. You can install a textile to drop over the front when it’s not in use.

If I had a big picture window, I would install a shelf to make it feel like a cafe counter. But for now, I’m in love with pub tables. They’re counter height (which is great for kitchen prep!), and you can tuck the stools underneath.

My other favorite piece for a small living room is my fold-up wooden coffee table, which I can put away for more space when I need it. Buy floor cushions to sit on and eat, Japanese style. These pillows add to your home decor, and you can bring them out for more flexible seating when company visits, too.

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  1. Cat

    Great article! Thanks for the tips. I also like how the bed in your picture does not have a footboard. I feel like I’m always blocked around my bed with foot boards so I don’t use bed frames like that anymore. The one you posted looks perfect. Also great idea about the pub tables! Floor cushions sounds really effective as well. Look forward to your next article! Thank you!