Published at Friday, 12 January 2018 by Carla Hines in Apartment Furniture, with total 27 drawings.
Apartments that need decorating may be limited in size but never forget they also have height and this is something that can be very successfully utilized when it comes to furnishings such as an entertainment centre, or a desk for your home office equipment. Drop leaf tables, or tables which have additional leaves that drop into the middle of a dining table, have been around for generations. There are now many dining tables on the market which can be fitted against a wall, with a drop-down leaf that can be released when not in use. Conversely, another innovation is the dining table into which two chairs can be slotted when not in use - certainly my choice if I was in the position where I needed to conserve space.
Picking the right furniture for a small apartment is really just about mindset. While stores like IKEA and Target have good choices for furniture that will work in a dorm room or a studio apartment, you can find suitable furniture for small spaces just about anywhere. You just have to think like a ships captain. Why a ships captain? Because the interiors of ships offer the best possible example of good usability and efficient use of space. Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to be on board a large sailboat or even a yacht knows how compact everything is, how much thought goes into how spaces are designed, and how well-built everything is. It becomes very evident that someone put a lot of thought into what was really necessary and then just ignored the things that were not necessary, and made the essentials work.
Starter homes and city apartments including condos are famous for their lack of room. Things like sinks, stovetops, ovens, and even refrigerators are being uniquely combined into one single unit. The smaller the kitchen space the more the appliances are compacted. One ingenious designer has even managed to design a table on wheels that encapsulates these islands to provide ample dining room. Although this particular model has yet to hit the market, it shows the innovative ideas that are being developed to make a small kitchen work.