It’s finally time to ditch the roommates (or parents) and get your own place! But how do you weigh your options? Most people that can afford to live alone go for a studio apartment or a one-bedroom, but what’s the difference? Here are some tips and facts about both to help you make the right decision for your needs. Read the rest of this entry »
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Lock the doors, pull the curtains tight, and turn on all the lights in your apartment! Friday the 13th is here and won’t come around again until next February. While this blog won’t be filled with scary tales pulled from the latest thriller movie, it will provide you with some frighteningly awesome facts about how cool it is to live in an apartment. Without further ado, here are 13 fast facts about apartment living as we celebrate 2016’s one and only Friday the 13th! Read the rest of this entry »
Living in a one bedroom apartment or studio apartment can be a great way to save money, but there are often some tradeoffs for the reduced expenses. A common problem is the lack of a full kitchen, which can cause a lot of stress for the hungry renter. Here a few tips for how to make it work.
1. The Hot Plate
The defining aspect of any kitchen is the stove, but some small apartments may do without. An easy remedy to that situation is the purchase of a restaurant-quality hot plate. With a couple of pots, pans, and cooking utensils, the hot plate will function as a normal stove burner, allowing you to cook any of the stove-top dishes you desire. Combined with a microwave and a mini-fridge, you’ll have a scaled-down version of a kitchen with all the basic necessities. Read the rest of this entry »
Regardless of whether you live in New York City or San Francisco, studio apartments have one major characteristic in common: limited space. The thing about a small area is that it gives you the opportunity to be creative with your smaller home. We’ve put together a few apartment hacks to keep your clutter to a minimum and help you maximize your space and organization.
Wine holder as a towel rack
If you’re seriously lacking shelving space in your bathroom, a wine rack is a great way to store and organize your towels and linens. Plus, the wine rack adds a functional yet elegant look to the bathroom. Read the rest of this entry »
If you live in a studio apartment, you know what it’s like to get creative with storage. Studio apartments can get cramped very quickly, but they don’t have to! Using storage solutions are a great way to maximize the space you do have in your apartment. Walls aren’t just for art; they can be the best vehicles for uncluttering the floor. Additionally, storage doesn’t have to be ugly. Have fun with it and you’ll make the visual dynamics of your studio apartment more interesting. Here are a few best practices when it comes to storage solutions.
Look for Multipurpose Furniture
Finding furniture that has multiple uses is key to fitting all your stuff into your small apartment. Think about the pieces of furniture that take up a lot of room, but could also provide space to store things. Look for bed frames that come with drawers or have space under them for storage bins. Furniture pieces like this are perfect for hiding out-of-season clothes or extra linens. Storage ottomans are great for packing away DVDs, extra remotes and controllers, or throw blankets. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s an equation many parents are all too familiar with: siblings + hot tempers + small spaces = timeouts. Sibling squabbles are bound to happen even when kids don’t share a bedroom; but add a small, shared apartment room to the equation, and there is enormous potential for chaos. Whether you are moving into an apartment and already have children, or have one with a baby on the way, you’ll need to come up with some creative solutions that let your kids coexist peacefully. Here are a few things to think about as you find an apartment that’s right for kids if they’re sharing a bedroom.
Find an apartment that’s kid-friendly.
A kid-friendly apartment doesn’t have to have 2 rooms or even have a totally symmetrical single room, but the right potential for configuration is imperative. When you tour prospective apartments, think about the kinds of furniture that will fit in the bedroom and whether it is the right space for your children. If you are planning on staying in the apartment for a long time, also consider how you will be able to change the space as the kids grow.
Divide the room.
Studio apartments, or efficiency apartments, are an excellent choice for renters looking to keep costs low. Studio apartments generally range from 300 to 450 square feet. As such, living room, bedroom, and kitchen are all combined in a single space. Often kitchen facilities are usually partitioned off by a smaller half-wall, but the bathroom is its own separate room. Because they are so small, studio apartments can be difficult and daunting to decorate. You have free reign over furniture arrangement, but with no pre-made room division, how do you go about setting up? How should you organize in the small space of studio apartments? Here are a few tips:
Most of the time, studio apartments only consist of a single room. While this makes the space nice and open, it looks pretty awkward having your bedroom 10 feet away from your kitchen. The solution is a room divider. Essentially, you are creating your own wall to divide your apartment wherever you would like. There are lots of different ways you can divide apartments. A large, long bookshelf is ideal, as it allows you to divide the apartment and store your belongings at the same time. Don’t limit yourself to just books, though; records, office supplies, framed art or photos, and other knickknacks can be stored here, too. If you choose to put the shelf directly behind the head of your bed, keep your lamp and alarm clock there for an instant headboard. Other divider options are a curtain attached to the ceiling or strung on a line from wall to wall, or a decorative folding screen. If you’re really pressed for space, another option is to hang a curtain just around to the bed to create a canopy for privacy.
In studio apartments, horizontal surfaces are likely limited to a few shelves and cabinets, a kitchen counter, and a bathroom counter, so when it comes to organizing, if you can hang it up instead of setting it down, do it. This goes for every space. Put pots and pans on hooks on your kitchen wall; staple a window screen into a picture frame and hang it up to store earrings and jewelry; install hooks by your front door and in your closet to hold coats, hats, ties, purses, scarves, and more. If you’re smart about organizing, small apartments don’t have to be cluttered.
Small apartments don’t need to be sparse to seem larger. Putting up a few mirrors can instantly expand a space. Placing potted plants near a window or on a patio also makes apartments more inviting. As a bonus, try growing your own herbs. Just be sure you don’t go overboard with decorations. Because studio apartments have so little space, an excess of décor can make the apartment seem messy.
For other decorating tips and tricks, check out more posts on our apartment living blog, If you are currently trying to find an apartment, take advantage of our moving checklist and let ApartmentSearch.com help you make the move.
Apartment living for college students comes with many benefits, but an abundance of storage space usually isn’t one of them. What can you do? If you’ve lived in a dorm room you probably already know a few tricks for saving space. Here are a few more for apartment living:
Furniture: Your furniture can do double duty for you, making apartment living much more pleasant. Purchase trunks to hold winter clothes, blankets, or other bulky items and use these as coffee tables or benches at the end of your bed. A low bookshelf behind your sofa adds storage and extra counter space. Ottomans are one of the most flexible pieces of furniture for apartment living and can be used as tables, footstools, extra seating, and for storage. When choosing a bed, add risers to create space for containers underneath or choose a loft style bed that can sit above your desk.
Wall Space: Take full advantage of your wall space with shelves and bookcases. Place shelves high on walls and above doorways. Bookshelves can go under windows and along hallway walls. You can even buy shelving units specifically designed for corners, which make great display areas in apartment living rooms. If you have large items like musical instruments or sports equipment, wall mounting them can save closet space.
Closets and Cabinets: To get the most out of your apartment living spaces, take full advantage of these. In closets, add extra shelves or hanging rods. Stack storage bins containing out of season clothes on the floor. You can even purchase hangers that stack to hold multiple outfits, an invention that is perfect for apartment living. In kitchen cabinets and under sinks add extra shelves too. Hang shoe racks inside closet doors and small organizing racks or rods on the inside of cabinet doors.
Keep It Clean: Apartment living is better when you keep your space cleaned up! Don’t leave shoes tossed around the floor, clothes strewn on the furniture, and mail piled on the kitchen table of your apartment. Living in a clean space is not only more pleasant, it also helps make your space appear larger.
Most of these solutions for improving apartment living are inexpensive and easy to implement. Even so, you may not be able to create enough space in your apartment. Living in small spaces is like that sometimes. You can always use ApartmentSearch.com to find Austin apartments, Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, or Seattle apartments, if you need to make a move to a new apartment that better fits your lifestyle and all of your belongings.
Apartment living doesn’t have to rule out getting into the holiday spirit. Maybe you don’t have room for a Christmas tree. You can still decorate by hanging ornaments on a ficus or an umbrella plant. Or buy a beautiful poinsettia — that is a quick way to add a dash of color and cheer to your apartment. Living with plants is not your thing? Then here’s an idea for you: Make a winter wreath! Read the rest of this entry »
Do you have too much stuff, and know that there’s no way everything can fit into your new apartment living quarters? Are you low on funds and want to have a chance at making back the down payment you made on your new digs? How about making at least enough money to update your wardrobe for Fall? It’s time for a Garage Sale!
The first step is to find a secure spot to sell your excess baggage. Be sure to look into neighborhood association yard sale restrictions before you begin your first stages of planning. If you are already an apartment dweller, make plans with one of your friends to have a joint garage sale at their house. Make it a team effort! It will be cheaper to run an ad when the cost is split, and more people at the sale will encourage other people to come.
After you have found a place to have the garage sale, select a weekend date. Running a sale on Saturday is a good idea. You may want to have a second day of selling on Sunday in case of inclimate weather on Saturday, or to just have another opportunity to get rid of your load. Be mindful of holidays and paydays of big industries in the area. Select a date that will be good for a big crowd.
Post messages on your social networks, and run an ad on Craig’s List under the “community” section to promote the sale. If you plan to create street signs, make sure your lettering is bold. Use crayon and permanent marker in order to keep ink from running if there is a rainstorm. Post signs at apartments in the area on their community board. Be careful about where you place signs and be sure to abide by all signage restrictions. Running a print ad for a local newspaper is also a good idea. Be sure to submit your ad content a couple weeks in advance to ensure that your ad will run the week of your yard sale.
Small apartment living requires you to think about saving space. Keep that as your mantra when you are parting with your stuff! A good rule of thumb is to price items for a quarter or a third of their original cost. Make sure that items are labeled well and that you have a sign posted that says “all sales final.” Also, remember to bring plastic grocery bags and newspaper (for fragile items) for purchases.
Good luck at your garage sale! See you next week on the apartment living blog!