It has often been touted that bigger is better. But that is not necessarily so. In some instances, the practicalities of smaller can be just as alluring as the trappings of a larger option. Great things come in small packages…right? The debate gets even more complicated when you talk about living space and apartments. Who really knows the actual square footage they need in order to live comfortably? What does 750 square feet actually look like — and does it look that much different from 850 or 950? So when searching for your next apartment, how much space do you really need? Read the rest of this entry »
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It has been said that “bigger is better”. But is it? Is bigger really better, or have we fallen victim to a preconceived notion that should have disappeared around the same time as Blockbuster Video? As we recover from the economic downturn that scarred our country a few years ago, builders have once again begun to develop multi-family communities on an epic scale. Renting has evolved to the preferred living situation for the majority of Americans. Free from the burdens of an oppressive mortgage, many people who enjoy the apartment lifestyle are able to seek out the best of these new apartment offerings. Others, in a quest to save money, have sought more affordable apartment options from previously established apartment communities. But one thing that all apartment shoppers have in common is the quest to find an apartment with the right amount of space. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
Everyone loves music, but not everyone loves living near a musician. You may think your wailing solos sound great, but those who live near you may not agree. In apartments, soundproofing your space can be vital if you don’t want to win your building’s “Most Hated Neighbor” award. Read the rest of this entry »
Spring is here. The weather is changing, and now could be a good time to use that green thumb to add some color and decor with a garden. However, if you’re looking to find an apartment, the thought of adding a garden can seem downright impractical.
Small patios, cramped spaces and lack of sunlight don’t have to be impediments to adding some green ambiance to your apartment living.
So, if you’ve decided to focus on your moving checklist and crossed apartment garden off your wish list, here are a few tips to turn your urban patio and even your windowsill into an outdoor surprise.
1. Climate, Season and Sunlight
If you are still looking to find an apartment, the available sunlight makes a big difference. But so does the type of garden. Consider types of annuals depending on the season. For example, cold hardy snapdragons bloom in fall, are quiet during winter and come alive again in spring. Begonias are a great summer annual that do not always require full sun.
Choosing plants according to climate, season and sunlight adapted to where you live, will provide for optimal growth and can add some nice color to an apartment patio or sill.
2. Space Saving
If patio space is at a premium, consider a trellis or hanging pole. These are great space savers allowing a garden to spread vertically rather than horizontally. Hanging poles are quite common and great ways to grow tomatoes.
If patio space is non-existent, don’t fret. A windowbox can double as its larger than life cousin, the planter box. Hung from a windowsill, even a railing, that apartment garden can still become a reality.
3. Try Containers
With minimal room for large pots, some flowers, herbs and vegetables thrive in small containers. That empty canning jar, painted tomato cans and nearly anything can be substituted as a space-saving container for your apartment garden. We’re only limited by our own creativity.
When choosing a container, ideally, you want to ensure that it is large enough so as not to constrain the root system. Multiple plants in small spaces can compete for space, thus inhibiting growth.
Small apartment living space does not automatically mean the loss of a green thumb. However, a little research will yield many options that’ll add some style, color and possibly even put food on your table.
Last week, we finished off our apartment living blog post with some suggestions for furniture arrangement in your small apartment. We advise experimenting on paper with different sketches of how you could potentially arrange each room. And don’t overlook the fact that furniture rearrangement is the perfect time to consider painting your apartment.
Different apartments will have different rules for painting/repainting your unit, so consult a manager at your leasing office before making plans. Most likely, you will have to paint the walls white again before moving out. So as long as you’re planning to stay in your apartment for a while, it’s easily worth the effort to do some painting for a more aesthetically pleasing apartment living situation.
You have a few options, the most popular of which is to choose a neutral color scheme that uses varying shades of the same color with a few bold pops here or there. Or, you can go totally bold to make a great impact. Did you know dark colors hide the corner shadows that tend to highlight the smallness of apartments? Whichever route you decide to take, keep your colors cohesive with each other.
Lighting is a crucial element, no matter what color scheme is at play in your small space. Bring in as much natural light as possible by installing airy curtains and keeping windows open whenever possible. Your apartment will feel more open and bright. In tandem with that, pick up some fresh seasonal flowers to display for a lively touch. If you’re interested, invest in a longer-lasting potted plant like an orchid or cactus, for a continuous infusion of color and life in the unit.
Apartment living doesn’t have to look cramped. Make strategic use of mirrors and other reflective surfaces to give an illusion of more space. Scale back on visual clutter by rotating which collections of small objects you keep on display— kind of like an art gallery.
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Try adopting a strategy of “one in, one out.” This means considering every new item you buy (from clothes and shoes to food items) as a replacement for something you already have. Get rid of the old version by donating, selling or tossing it. On that note, when you finish reading a book, swap it at your local used book store.
In small apartments, try to keep the size of individual possessions small, too. Buy small appliances and kitchen wares like pots and pans, and use a pot rack to keep things organized. Think about how multi-functional furniture and accessories will help maximize space, as well. For example, buy storage ottomans and a bed with drawers built in underneath. Or loft your bed so you can fit a desk or other furniture below it. Just getting your bed a little off the ground (no more box spring on the floor, people) is beneficial for storage purposes. As an apartment living rule, anything you don’t use on a daily basis should be stored somewhere, so you’ll need as many options as you can get.
When it comes to furniture arrangement, play with the different options by sketching them out on paper before you launch into the labor of moving heavy things around. If you never put much thought into how things should be arranged in your space, it’s not too late to make a refreshing change. Remember, don’t neglect the precious space that corners provide. This is also the perfect opportunity to paint and/or buy new furniture. But more about that next week on the apartment living blog.
For now, we’ll sign off with a reminder that ApartmentSearch.com is the best place to start before moving apartments, whether you seek a big or small unit. Find Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, Seattle apartments, and many more in our huge database.