4 Steps to Setting Up Your New Apartment’s Layout
Regardless of whether you have rented a small studio apartment, a three-bedroom apartment or something in between, your living space understandably may be on the smaller end of the spectrum. In some cases, you may have truly cramped quarters. Creating a strategic, thoughtful layout for your furniture and other possessions is essential if you want to maximize the use of this limited amount of space and hopefully create a comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing space to call home for the next few months or years. These are some thoughtful steps to follow to create an exceptional layout for your apartment.
1. Choose the Right Furniture for the Size of the Space
2. Invest in Storage Solutions
Storage is a practical concern in most apartments, and this is because the amount of cabinet, drawer and closet space is usually severely limited. When your items do not all have a place of their own, you may have no other choice than to leave them laying around and cluttering up the space. This can interfere with your apartment décor, and it also can make the design and layout effort more challenging. A smart idea is to choose furnishings that have practical storage space in them. For example, rather than choosing a typical coffee table, choose one that has a hidden area for storage. Remember to choose pieces that are suitably-sized for the amount of space available in the room.
3. Focus on the Flow of Traffic
Before you place any items in your new apartment, consider how traffic will flow in and out of the apartment and between the rooms. In each individual room, think about the most common traffic patterns. For example, in a living room, individuals may most commonly walk to a couch or chair when entering, and they may commonly walk up to the entertainment center. Ideally, the flow of traffic will not be impeded by the placement of furniture. Remember to avoid blocking windows and light switches as well. Traffic flow issues can make your space feel cramped, and it can be a daily source of frustration. Remove any items that do not seem to fit comfortably in the space.
4. Take Advantage of Vertical Space
While horizontal or floor space is limited in a typical apartment, vertical space may be available in more abundant supply. More than that, it is not usually maximized. There are many practical ways to take advantage of this space that can free up floor space. For example, investing in wall-mounted lamps can negate the need for floor-standing lamps. Installing floating shelves can replace the need for a floor-standing bookshelf. There are many creative ideas for the use of vertical space, so be open to taking advantage of these ideas in your space.
After you move into a new apartment, you can try to move your furnishings and decorative items around to make them fit in your space. However, this can be an exhausting and time-consuming feat. A better idea is to create a layout plan before you move in. You can transport items that will not have a place of their own in your new apartment to storage, or you can sell them ahead of time. This will help you to decrease the clutter and set up a comfortable space as soon as you move in. Keep these tips in mind as you create an attractive, practical apartment layout.