How to Make Small Space Living Work For You
It seems like no one ever thinks their living space is big enough. If you’re hustling on an entry-level salary, sharing with roommates or sacrificing square footage for the luxury of living alone, there’s a good chance you’re faced with what most would consider a “small space.” Shoebox living doesn’t have to be totally uncomfortable or crazy, though — just take these four things into consideration:
Maximize your light
Hopefully, your tiny abode is blessed with good natural light, but even if it’s not, there are ways to fake it. Don’t just rely on whatever overhead situation your space comes with — make sure you have enough ambient and task lighting throughout your apartment or room. Try not to interrupt the light’s “flow” too much, and use mirrors to reflect and create the illusion of more space. (Seriously, mirrors have got to be one of the oldest small space tricks in the book, but there’s a reason. They work!)
Form + Function
Look out for double-duty furniture (ottomans as coffee table! Chairs as nightstands!) and dual-purpose decorative objects. When you’re working with minimal space, it’s important to make the most of what you do have!
If you’re living in a tiny apartment, it’s quite unlikely you will have room for a full dining room, office and dressing area. Really consider what is important to you, and work the layout to fit that in. If you love entertaining, maybe you focus on a dining nook that can double as a workspace. If you work from home quite a bit, maybe a “home office” is more important. It’s all about what works for you!
You Do You
Lots of articles about small space living will tell you to keep things light and bright or de-clutter as much as possible in order to maximize the space you have. If you’re into minimalism with a Scandinavian vibe, great! Do that! But the thing is…it’s your space. And at the end of the day, if you prefer dark walls and drama, there are totally ways to make that work, no matter how much square footage you’ve got. It’s all about what’s going to make you happy to come home to at the end of the day.