The apartment market continues to grow in Melbourne and people are happily trading backyards and mowing lawns for sunny balconies and minimalist spaces. Apartments are more affordable, require less maintenance and generally have lower utility costs. Of course, apartment living does require downsizing. Finding space for extra bedding, winter coats, sporting equipment can be difficult when you still have to have space for all the items you need day to day. The following list may give you some ideas to maximize apartment space.
- Find the hidden spaces
2 Make use of the ‘dead’ spaces
Similar to looking for hidden spaces, this is finding the ‘awkward’ space that is not being used. This may be a corner space or the space behind a coach or chair, which will accommodate a storage bin, corner cabinet or wicker basket. They say that people rarely look up when they enter a room – well, up might be the place you can find that extra storage space. On top of cabinets or roof hanging could provide that little bit extra, so invest in a sturdy (foldable) step ladder and make use of the high places to store seasonal or ‘used-once-in-a-while’ items.
3 Apply the ‘two-for-one’ principle
Don’t buy a bedside table, buy a cabinet or a set of small drawers. If you have an ottoman, make sure the top lifts off for extra storage; these days even couches, large chairs and beds with in-built storage space are available. These are perfect for bedding or even shoes and clothing. Likewise, a dining table with drawers can store linen and cutlery.
4 Be well-hung
These days, we tend to save lots of living room space by having the television hung on the wall. An apartment is an opportunity to take this idea and use it outside the living room. You can add shelving to hold wine, books or cups and glasses; peg board and hooks can be used to hold pots and pans. This then frees up cupboard or bench space. Over-the-door racks can be used to organize everything from shoes to purses or coats and other clothing.