Leasing a studio apartment is a great way to save money and have a place of your own that isn’t too much to take care of, but living in a smaller space means you’ll have to get a little creative when it comes to storage. From utilizing under the bed storage to purchasing functional furniture, here are eight simple ways to make your space feel cozy instead of cramped.
- Donate what you don’t need or use anymore
Whether you’re packing up to move into a smaller space or just trying to get your current one more organized, going through your belongings is always a good place to start. Toss what’s broken or stained and donate anything else.
- Replace a traditional coffee table with a chest or storage cube
Instead of a coffee table with limited storage space, try using a chest or storage cube to keep blankets, board games, dog toys, and more out of sight whenever they aren’t being used.
- Turn hats and jewelry into wall decor
Hats and jewelry can take up a lot of space and they can be difficult to store. Try hanging hats on your wall with hooks or thumbtacks and display jewelry on a hanging rack. This way, you won’t have to use valuable storage space and you’ll get a head start on decorating .
- Maximize closet space
Be smart about how you use your closet space: Keep shoes organized with a shoe rack
or a hanging organizer, stack plastic drawers on one side of the closet for smaller items (socks, underwear, hats), and hang everything else. Pro tip: Save even more space by doubling up when you’re hanging clothes (i.e. putting coats over dresses or tops).
- Create behind-the-door storage
Putting a hanging organizer behind your closet or bathroom doors is a quick way to create additional storage space for towels, jackets, scarves, and more. Plus, you can easily keep everything hidden when you have guests
- Put your bed on risers
Store larger items you don’t reach for regularly, like suitcases or out-of-season clothes in plastic tubs, underneath your bed. If you don’t have enough room to use the space for storage, put your bed on risers for a quick and easy fix—and purchase a long bedskirt to keep everything out of sight.
- Invest in a comfy futon
If you anticipate friends or family come to visit, you’ll want to have a piece of furniture that can double as a guest bed, like a futon. Just remember to keep a spare set of sheets and some extra pillows on hand!
- Make use of your wall space
Wall-mounted shelves, hanging organizers, and bookcases are all great ways to make the most of your wall space. Leave the more organized and aesthetically pleasing things like books, photos, or house plants out and store the smaller stuff that you don’t want guests to see in baskets stacked on the shelves.