4 ways to maximize efficiency in a tiny space
Monday, January 23, 2017
Since 2012, we've noticed an increasingly large market for studio apartments. Low on square footage (and rent), studios offer younger, single renters an option that fits an on-the-go lifestyle.
But they also present a problem: What do you do with all your stuff?
Recent readers of Marie Kondo'’s book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing" might suggest throwing it away. But a minimalist lifestyle isn't every renter's cup of tea. Better, then, to maximize the space you do have. Here are four ways to do it.
1. Lofted beds
No, it's not a bunk bed. But one thing that cramped college dorm rooms get right is the necessity of using vertical space.
In a small room, a bed often becomes the centerpiece, crowding out other activities. If you've only got 300 square feet to work with, lifting your bed and using the space beneath it can you give you room for a work space or lounge area.
2. "Hidden" shelving
Bookshelves take up a deceptively large amount of floor space, and they're heavy, which makes them hard to move and rearrange on the fly. Hidden shelving — like floating shelf systems — takes advantage of vertical space, and it also allows your books to double as wall decorations.
3. Modular furniture
Studio apartments often require a lot out of each room. Depending on the setup, the bedroom might be the living room, the dining room and the study. So it's almost necessary for furniture to be versatile.
You don't have to go full sleeper sofa — though there are some remarkably stylish ones now on the market — to save space. Firm, low ottomans that can double as chairs for a small breakfast table or a desk that's large, light and mobile enough to double as a dining table can make a room more multifunctional.
4. Simplify your kitchen
Do you really need a tagine? Have you ever used your standing mixer? If you have, good for you — you're a cultured gourmand, an adult in good standing.
But if you've let your kitchen appliances take over your studio and you're still eating takeout most nights, it might be time to get rid of things. Aim for just a few pots and pans, and hang them from the bottom of a cabinet. That way, you can use cabinets for food and dried goods, which frees up counter space and makes your kitchen look less cluttered.
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