How to Make Your Urban Apartment Feel More Spacious
Living in an apartment in an urban setting can
have a lot of benefits. Transportation costs can be slashed by walking or
biking, stores are typically nearby, and you can remain in close proximity to
friends and family.
However, one of the challenges of living in a
city-center is the amount of space you have to work with. Unless you’re flush
with cash and can purchase a luxury penthouse, chances are you have limited
room in your apartment.
On top of that, if you have roommates or
you’re co-living with someone, you have
even less space to work with. If you’re looking for ways to find more room,
here are a few tips to help your apartment feel more spacious.
Clear Out the Clutter
The first thing you’re going to want to do is clear out the clutter. Look around your apartment for anything and everything that doesn’t belong.
Do you leave piles of clothes lying around on the floor? Toss them in the laundry or put them away. Do dozens of empty Amazon boxes have a tendency to get stacked up in the corner on a regular basis? Come up with a system to get rid of them before they pile up and monopolize half of your mudroom every few weeks.
If there’s anything that is quick and easy to declutter, start there.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also take
the decluttering gospel to a new level by going minimalist. Minimalism isn’t
just a design style, it’s a complete
lifestyle focused on bringing a deeper sense of peace and satisfaction — partly
through decluttering your life. You can ease into minimalism by:
Storing seasonal items on a
Planning your meals ahead of time.
Thinking carefully before you buy
Decluttering one space at a time
by asking yourself what items within it provide value (emotionally or
practically) and then getting rid of anything that fails the test.
All of these activities will go a long way in
decluttering your apartment and will help it to feel more spacious.
If you have alterations permission from your
landlord, or you own your place, you can tackle the space with more concrete
changes. For example, painting the walls a lighter color is another great way
to help your spaces feel bigger. Replace those browns, reds, and greens with
lighter taupes, greys, and whites. You can also opt to use a glossier finish on some walls.
This reflects more light and creates a feeling of depth that can make a room
You can also redo your floors. This one
requires a bit more work, but consider replacing your existing floors with a
lighter alternative. Many flooring options, like vinyl planking, have become
much more affordable and are often easy to install. Just like mirrors, windows,
and paint, if your floors are a lighter color, they’ll naturally help a room
Overhaul Your Furniture
If you’re working with limited space, it’s
important to also go over what kind of furniture you’re using. If you have a
long couch, an extra-wide lounge chair, or even a big kitchen table, it can
quickly make your space feel cramped.
Try to find furniture that is both functional
and appropriately sized for the rooms you’re working with. Purchasing a smaller
couch, removing a rocking chair, or taking out a table leaf can make a huge
difference when you’re working with limited space.
Pieces of furniture with legs — rather than
ones that rest directly on the ground — are also helpful, as legs allow you to
see under the furniture. This does less to disrupt your line of sight and leads
to a feeling of more space.
Another easy solution is to replace your
coffee table with a sofa table. These are thinner,
taller tables that go behind your couch. While it makes the furniture stick out
from the wall a little bit further, it can open up the center of a room, making
the space feel much larger.
Creating a Spacious Apartment
There are many ways to go about creating a
more spacious apartment. Some options literally give you more space, such as
decluttering or ditching your coffee table. Other strategies, like painting
with brighter colors or hanging mirrors, can masterfully create an illusion of
space even if the room is exactly the same size.However you choose to go about it, it’s worth taking a
little time to maximize your space when you live in an apartment where every