Great home staging for an apartment can be the difference between a quick turnaround and a sluggish sale. When a prospective tenant walks in, they should instantly feel at home in the space, and an effective home staging job can make that happen. However, there are some common blunders that you can make when setting up an apartment. Take note of these top 5 mistakes, and you’ll be on your way to a successful partnership.
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Whether you’re looking to store 7 bikes creatively in your garage, or just trying to save some space in your studio apartment, finding the perfect bike rack can be a daunting task. But the truth of the matter is that if you’re willing to spend a little time assembling or even building your bike rack from scratch, a lot of creative options are available.
Here are five bike storage ideas for all the bike enthusiasts in your life, varying from easiest to hardest in terms of execution.
1. For The “Creative But Busy” – The Bike Shelf
If you’re looking for a bike rack that’s easy-to-install, requires little assembly, and looks pretty neat, the Bike Shelf is a good option for you. Half-bookshelf and half-bike rack, it’s perfect for studio apartments or people who tight on space in general. After minimal assembly, the Shelf can go right up on the wall. It’s your choice what to put on top, but users usually opt for a few books. Read the rest of this entry »
Redecorating your living room shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg! If you are looking to overhaul your living space or recently moved into an entirely new space, keep these modern interior design tips in mind.
Play With Patterns
If you’re looking to add something more colorful to your living space, patterns offer a fun way to mix it up. The trick to working with patterns is to stick with the same color scheme. So if your pattern has greens, blues, and grey, have a few solid color furniture pieces to anchor down the space. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey pal, put a cork in it! In your apartment decorating, that is. Corks aren’t just for popping champagne and making bulletin boards. Saving corks from bottles can pay off in some seriously awesome DIY décor. From one-bedroom apartments to townhouses, here are 5 ways any renter can finally put all those leftover wine corks to good use.
Favorable Table Labels
Halve the cork vertically, then make a ¼-inch horizontal cut on the rounded sides of your two cork halves. Place the halves flat side down, and ta-da! It’s a couple of tiny cardholders. Host a dinner party and put them to good use—make place cards for your guests, or put out hors d’oeuvres platters and name all those unusual-looking cheeses. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you just rented a new one bedroom apartment or you’re still in the process of searching for the perfect place, you’ve thought of simple ways to make your space unique to your tastes. When it comes to walls, you’re dying to do away with the same old blank and boring standard. You’ve thought about applying wallpaper, but that takes too much time; time you’ll have to put back in to taking that wallpaper down just to get your security deposit back. Adding a fresh coat of paint is always an option, but that takes effort you’d rather not exert for the same thing you had before: walls that are all the same color. Womp womp. Read the rest of this entry »
Noisy neighbors are a common complaint for apartment tenants. However, if you complain about your noisy neighbor, it’s likely that they say the same thing about you from time to time. Even if you have carpet flooring, sometimes you need to take additional steps to keep your apartment soundproof. If you tend to listen to a lot of loud music or play motion related video games, it might be essential for you to limit your sound and stay on your neighbor’s good side. Here are a few tips on keeping the noise level down in your apartment: Read the rest of this entry »
There are two kinds of renters who need an interior designer: those who want an apartment that looks stylish and put-together but don’t know the first thing about how to get there, and those who have a vision in mind and need help executing it. There are some relatively affordable options for either type of apartment dweller, and they are actually fairly distinct from each other. To keep your apartment redesign from looking like a home makeover show gone wrong, think about these tips as you hunt for your perfect interior designer.
If You Need Ideas…
If you are an interior-design newbie and what you need is a vision for your home’s redesign, start by finding a designer that fits your overall sense of style. The best way to make sure that your designer fits that category is to look at the work they have already done. If you can find a designer that has a website and a portfolio, that can be an easy job. Think about the things you already like about your apartment’s design, and look for those traits in a designer’s portfolio. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether you’re expecting a baby or are in need of a redesign now that your infant is growing older, there are plenty of things you can do to make your apartment more kid-friendly. From furniture changes to finding a whole new apartment, think about these things as you start to redesign a family-friendly apartment.
Start with the floors.
After all, this is where your baby will be spending the most time—and consequently, so will you. Invest in a good, easy-to-use vacuum if you don’t have one already; get comfy, stain-resistant rugs for the living room and bedroom; and consider putting a few floor pillows down for your own comfort when it’s time to play.
Think outside the apartment.
Since many apartments don’t have a private yard or patio, you can always take advantage of your apartment’s playground or other communal area. Read the rest of this entry »
Almost every apartment kitchen has a space for bar stools these days, and finding the right set of stools can prove to be a difficult task. Even though the process can be daunting, going through it is well worth it when your friends and family are able to join you in the kitchen. However before you start your search, there are a few things everyone should know about bar stools.
Types of Bar Stools
The first thing you must know is that when it comes to bar stools, there is more than one type. In fact, “bar stool” is an umbrella term for three different stool heights:
A counter stool is considered to be standard sized because it pairs nicely with a 36-inch standard height kitchen counter. Counter stools usually measure anywhere between 24 and 26 inches in height.
When a kitchen counter has an attached raised section that is the height of a real bar, you can use a standard bar stool. This counter height is about six inches taller than your standard sized counter, so it’s typically about 42 inches in height. At this counter height, if you go with a bar stool that has a seat height of 30-inches, it usually fits perfectly.
This type of stool is sometimes referred to as a “stadium stool”, and it’s known for being 34 to 36 inches high, which is significantly taller than the other styles because it’s supposed to fit comfortably under a table or counter that is 48 inches tall.
Getting New Bar Stools
Bar stools look great with the counters they’ve been designed for, but problems can arise when moving into a new apartment if your new counters are a different height than your old ones. To avoid this issue, we recommend doing one of two things:
1. Buying Adjustable Stools
If you move frequently, or just don’t want to purchase new bar stools after every move, you should look into adjustable bar stools. With this solution, one size fits all, no matter if you need taller or shorter stools.
2. Renting Bar Stools
Another option, and perhaps our favorite, is renting bar stools. This is a great alternative because you’ll not only save money, but you’ll be able to get brand new bar stools that fit your new counter’s dimensions every time you move.
Now that you know the bar stool basics, you should feel comfortable picking out some fabulous new furniture for your new apartment.