How to Live Big in a Tiny Apartment


Living in a small space can be tough, especially when you dream of a palatial home. If you’re like most people, though, your big-house aspirations are hemmed-in either by the city you live in, your budget, or your current job. While you may find yourself living in the home of your dreams someday, here are a few smart tips to help you learn how to live big in a tiny apartment.

1. Turn everything into storage

Your ottoman? That should be storage. Your bookshelves? They should contain wicker baskets as storage. The dead space under the bed? Slide a few low-profile bins under it as storage. These simple yet proactive tips will make the most of the space you have in a small apartment. This will ensure that you never feel crowded or hemmed-in.

2. Get rid of the items you don’t need

While this is a common-sense tip, it can go a long way toward making your small living space feel larger and roomier. In a small apartment, every single item you don’t need takes the place of something that could be making you happy or contributing to your life in a more positive sense. With this in mind, pitch what you don’t need to make room for what you do.

3. Look for innovative devices to make the most of a small area

One of the biggest issues with small apartments is that they often lack the space. Especially for full-sized appliances, cushy couches, and overstuffed armchairs. Fortunately, a small area doesn’t have to mean sacrificing the comforts you want.

Instead, look for pared-down appliances like skinny dishwashers, stainless steel refrigerators made for tiny apartments, and sleek, modern furniture that provides all of the comfort you want without eating away at your available space.

4. Find multi-purpose items

To make the most of your small space, look for functional multi-purpose items that look great and perform even better. Things like closet desks and tabletops and chairs that drop down out of built-in cabinets are idea for tiny apartments. They will work hard to provide you with the usability you need.

5. Use curtains to segment areas

If you live in a studio apartment and you want to make it feel like you have defined rooms, use curtains to divide sections of the space. Place them around the bed, for example, to create a private and relaxing “bedroom,” or use them to divide a large room into separate sitting and dining areas.

6. Install sliding doors

If you can, consider installing sliding doors in your bathrooms and closets. Since these doors slide back into the wall, rather than opening out into your space, they make a small apartment feel much larger, and are ideal for maintaining an open floor plan, even if you don’t have much space to spare.

Tiny Apartment – Big Living

While many of us will live in a small apartment at some point in our lives, not everyone has to lament the lack of space. With these six tips, it’s easy to make the most of a small area, and ensure that, no matter what, your tiny apartment doesn’t hem in your big home dreams.