Congratulations, you have just moved into your very own apartment!
But now you have to furnish it. Now apartments can be small and limit your options on how you can decorate and what furniture you can bring into the space. There are a variety of ways you can go about this process with many different options to fit your needs.
Before you shop for furniture, the first thing to do is measure the space.
- How big is the room?
- How high are the ceilings?
- How wide and long is it?
- How much natural light does it get?
- How much artificial light is produced by the lighting fixtures?
Getting the answers to these questions will help you decide what size furniture you can have. While we do want to furnish the apartment. We also want to make the most out of this space.
Note Potential Layouts
The layout is important as well.
- How many places/areas do you want to put a couch?
- How many chairs would work in the room?
These questions are vital in making the most out of the space in your apartment. You may need to be creative and mix and match different sized pieces of furniture depending on the size of your space.
How To Furnish An Apartment Living Room
Space-saving measures are key when searching for furniture. You should always look for furniture that also has storage capabilities. Ottomans, cabinets and shelving are perfect to furnish your home while expanding your storage space.
If you have lots of shelving, try placing them close to the sealing. Doing this will draw the eye up, making the room seem much taller.
Let Your Furniture Breathe
You should also refrain from putting all your furniture up against the walls. This is a sure-fire way to make the space appear much larger. When all your furniture is against the walls it can give off a cramped and restricted feel to the room.
If you really want a big sofa or couch then that can also do the trick! Having a large statement piece of furniture can also make the room appear larger than it is!
Paint Your Walls a Lighter Colour
Having the walls a lighter shade will give an airier impression, making the space seem much bigger. Experiment with light blues or neutral colours, using these colours will make your living room feel fresh and highly chic!
Hang Large Pieces of Art Or Mirrors
Leaving your walls bare can make a room appear drab and boring. Hanging large statement pieces of art or mirrors can make the room seem much larger than it is. Try to avoid putting pictures in frames. This narrows down the space and makes the room feel tight and cramped instead.
How To Furnish An Apartment Kitchen
If you want to create a modern feel in the kitchen of your apartment. Why not try light wood or white? These colours can create a welcoming and open atmosphere. Which will make the space seem much larger than it is.
Choose Appliances That Combine Two Functions into One
This may seem like a no-brainer. But you would be surprised by how many people buy a washer and dryer. Instead of just buying a washer-dryer! Going for appliances like this can save you swathes of space.
Save Space Where You Can
When looking to kit out your kitchen, find items that can be stacked, hung and look stylish! Place baskets on the top of your cupboards to save space in your cupboards. These are perfect for storing dry snacks, kitchen rolls, jars or tinned food!
Another big space saver is installing a drop-leaf table or breakfast bar. Having either of these installed in your kitchen area will make hosting dinner parties a breeze.
How To Furnish An Apartment Bedroom
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and this place needs to be designed for relaxation and recharging. Paint the walls a darker colour to promote a cosier feel when you go to bed. Also, consider using dimmable lamps instead of relying on the main light fixture. Low lighting will help you relax and get comfortable.
If you have the option to build your own bed platform. Building it about 2 feet off the ground will provide storage underneath for large boxes or suitcases. If not, choose either a high bed frame or ottoman bed for expanded storage.
Cover Those Windows
While natural light is great and all. It doesn't exactly help you get to sleep. Also, you don't want people on the street to be able to peer in. So hanging some blackout curtains will not only give you privacy but is also a great way to block out additional light.
How To Furnish An Apartment Bathroom
Keeping your bathroom accessible while also stylish is paramount. Having lots of clutter in your bathroom can make what might be a small room. Even smaller!
Storage, Storage, Storage!
Similar to the kitchen, adding more storage can not only improve the volume of space you have, but it can also make it extremely stylish.
Look out for multi-level shelving. You can keep all your skin and hair care products in one place.
Also, towel holders that can hold multiple towels at once are a must. Having only one towel in the bathroom is impractical but also unhygienic.
You could utilize additional holders if you have free corners, notes storage expert Ryan Banks.
Use The Walls To Your Advantage
Hanging large pieces of art can really let the room breathe. Having multiple smaller pieces placed on the wall can make the room seem claustrophobic. Another benefit is installing a large mirror for not only your own use but will make the room seem taller and larger.
Dim The Lights and Relax
Most bathrooms operate on a standard on and off lighting setup. Installing a dimmer is a great way to set the mood for those long soaks after a long day or just for some 'me' time.
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