The average apartment or flat size in the US is shrinking. Newly built studios are up to 10% smaller than they were 10 years ago.
In order to make these smaller flats still feel functional, comfortable, and homey, people have had to get creative with their storage and design solutions. But when you’re first looking at flats for rent and trying to imagine how you’ll ever make it work, it can be daunting.
But fear not! In this post, we’ll go over some of the ways that you can make the most out of a small flat.
Keep reading to learn more.
You can work to maximize the space you do have by finding furniture that can serve multiple purposes.
For example, you can choose an ottoman or coffee table that can also be used for extra storage. Find a TV stand that has shelves for all of your books and electronics. Use your dresser as a nightstand so you don’t have to take up more floor space with two different pieces of furniture.
In small flats, storage space is at a premium. So you have to pick up extra storage wherever you can.
Utilize Natural Light
Natural light is not only good for enhancing your mood, but it can also help to make a small space seem larger and brighter.
Keep your blinds and curtains open during the day to let in as much sunlight as possible. You will also want to keep your windows as clean as possible so the light can actually shine in.
If you’re able to paint the flat you rent, choose a lighter color to help reflect the sunlight around the room.
However, when you find a flat for rent, it’s more likely that you won’t be able to make any permanent modifications to it. When you move in, check with your property manager to see what is and isn’t allowed, they’ll be able to give you more info.
Instead, consider using temporary, removable decorations to make the place your own. This could be removable vinyl decals or even full-on temporary wallpaper.
This can help you feel more comfortable in the space, and if used right can even help you to create the illusion of having distinct spaces or “rooms.”
Get Creative With Mirrors
Adding mirrors to your small flat can help it feel larger and brighter. The mirrors will help bounce the light around the room so it reaches all areas.
If there is an area of your flat that feels particularly small, like a narrow hallway, a mirror is a great way to give the illusion of it being bigger than it actually is.
Whenever possible, try and hang the mirrors so something beautiful will be reflected. This could mean hanging it across from a window overlooking a garden or a piece of artwork. You want as much beauty reflected in your home as possible.
Make Your Small Flat Work for You
You can make even a small flat feel like home with the right design choices. Follow these tips and make your flat feel brighter, bigger, and more like you.
For more great tips like this, check out the other articles in our home decor category.