Published at Monday, January 15th 2018. by Valarie Russo in Apartment Furniture.
While theres a lot of resources out there for decorating todays larger homes, theres very little about how to decorate an apartment or incorporate your furniture into it. Lets face it, many people are downsizing these days and even a 1,000 square foot apartment can seem pretty small after living in a house.
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.
If you have decided on the amount of space you can allot for seating and have your budget decided, there are still some other things that need to be taken into consideration. Round tables have always been the first selection for cramped quarters but dont limit yourself to just one style. Long narrow kitchens often extend a much more aesthetic look with the use of a oblong table with a bench that slides underneath it when not in use.
After you figured out what your essential activities are, you are ready to start going furniture shopping. Try to find pieces of furniture that serve two uses. Storage ottomans are a terrific example, because you can sit on them, use them as a coffee table, and also store things out of sight. Wall shelves and containers are very useful because you may be tight on shelf space and youre certainly tight on floor space. If you are buying a bed, seriously consider the kinds of beds but you can store things under. Finally, try to go for height -- floor-to-ceiling shelving has made the difference in many small apartments and dorm rooms.
So, when it comes to apartment decorating ideas, space is paramount - even down to the size of the furniture and any patterns used when decorating: it all matters and nothing should be left to chance. One way of making every inch count is to combine furniture with multiple utilities: buy a desk which, when you need to sleep, easily converts itself into a bed. This isnt as far-fetched as it sounds. The 2009 Ideal Home Exhibition at Earls Court, London is currently advertising a piece of furniture which does exactly that. At face value, it certainly isnt a cheap option but, when you consider how effective and efficient it is, it is actually an economic solution. This particular piece of furniture is manufactured in a wood composite for durability, cleverly veneered for a lovely finish.
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.