Big Ideas for Small Spaces
Leonardo Da Vinci
Downsizing to an apartment can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Being in a community with separate recreation, dining and entertaining areas enable one to use personal space for private uses such as sleeping, work and relaxation. The greatest challenge of moving to a smaller space is finding a place for ones treasures. Here are some tips on making efficient use of smaller spaces:
Ø Incorporate multi-use furniture such as a storage ottoman, a clothes hamper that doubles as an end table, a coffee table that turns into a bed or a drop leaf table that allows chair storage underneath (see www.juliewesthome.com).
Ø Add a drop down counter or purchase a raise-able coffee table. These items can serve as desk space when needed.
Ø Lighten up your furniture to fit the space by choosing slimmer designs and moveable tables or cabinets.
Ø Include mirrors in your decorating to reflect light and add depth to a room. At
Ø Separate areas with partitions to add privacy to a workspace or sleeping area. Folding screens come in many different styles to fit different décor preferences and some even hold photos. A freestanding bookshelf or cabinet unit can also serve as a partition to separate areas of a room. Choose translucent or open partitions to let light into the space.
Ø Create definition by painting walls different colors. Cool colors add depth to a room and can make a space feel larger.
Ø Install a closet organization system. California Closets (www.calclosets.com) offers a variety of closet organizers to make the most efficient use of space.
Ø Wall bed Systems have become an attractive option for small spaces as they help maximize floor space. The beds are easily stored behind attractive doors and can be part of a complete design incorporating desk space, shelving, cabinets, a dresser, or whatever suits your needs. For some ideas, see www.murphyroom.com.
Ø A daybed is a popular choice of residents in studio apartments. Daybeds serve both as a bed and a sitting area for company.
Ø Built-in storage cabinets or shelving help turn wall space into valuable storage. Hold Everything (www.williams-sonomainc.com) has a variety of options for attractive and useful furnishings.