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Making The Most Of An Apartment Space

Thursday, 20th June, 2024 // Tips & Advice

Many Australians are choosing to downsize and opting for smaller and more manageable spaces like an apartment. While these can offer a sense of intimacy it presents its own set of unique challenges regarding maximising space and keeping functionality without looking cluttered. Here are some helpful tips to make sure the layout of your space helps you live more comfortably and efficiently whilst also adding value to your property. 

Embracing minimalism is key in small spaces. Start by decluttering ruthlessly – box up excess items like books and kitchenware for donation or putting elsewhere like a storage cage. Choose furniture with streamlined designs and dual purposes to minimise visual clutter and make the apartment feel more spacious. Open plan living can bring functionality to a small space. Create zones where possible by using things such as area rugs, a bookcase or even a divider to separate areas for sleeping, working and relaxing.

Lighting can work wonders in small spaces, making them feel brighter, airer and more inviting. Maximise natural light by keeping windows clear and using sheer curtains or blinds. Mirrors strategically placed can reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Supplement natural light with ambient and string lighting to brighten up corners and create a cosy atmosphere with visual appeal. 

Utilising hidden storage solutions is essential for maximising space. Look for furniture that doubles as storage, like sofa beds and ottomans with hidden compartments. Consider built-in shelving and wardrobes to optimise storage potential without cluttering the apartment. 

When floor space is limited, think vertically. Install floating shelves, wall-mounted cabinets, or hanging organisers to free up floor space and draw the eye upward, making the room appear larger. Loft beds or wall-mounted desks are excellent space-saving solutions for creating functional areas in smaller apartments.

And let’s not forget about the convenience and efficiency of hidden washer and dryer units. By seamlessly integrating these appliances into your apartment, you can enjoy the luxury of at-home laundry facilities without sacrificing valuable square footage.

Investing in key areas like the kitchen and bathroom can significantly enhance your apartment’s appeal. Opt for space-saving fixtures and storage solutions to maximise efficiency and create a modern, attractive living space.

If you’re looking to sell your apartment, staging can help potential buyers envision themselves in the space. Keep décor neutral and clutter-free, showcasing your apartment’s best features with space-saving furniture and decorations. Consider consulting with a local real estate agent who can connect you with a stylist who can enhance your apartment’s appeal within your budget.

By implementing these tips, you can maximise the layout of your small apartment, making it more comfortable, efficient, and appealing to potential buyers or renters.

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