Space-Saving Tips for Small Homes
Ever since I moved into a studio in January, I find myself drawn to stories and photos of other studio apartments, as well as the people who live in them. I want to know how they arrange their furniture, and if living in a smaller space suits them. I wonder if their space feels crowded because they're trying to fit too much into a limited amount of square footage or if everything flows like it should.
I've discovered that some people prefer to live in small spaces. There's less upkeep involved, less to clean, and less furniture to buy to fill large rooms that you may not be using.
I don't like to keep stuff around that I'm not using, so although I'm aware of various space-saving measures -- hiding storage items in ottomans that open up, or in flat plastic containers I could slide under my bed -- I haven't needed to utilize them.
When I moved from my last location to my current place, the kind people who helped me move remarked on my very manageable amount of boxes and furniture. That was purposeful on my part -- I always purge things I don't want anymore when I move from one place to another. (In fact, I'd just dropped off six big bags of stuff at a thrift store the weekend before.)
I've noticed that when I meet someone and find out they live in a studio, I tend to start asking questions. I want to know if they separate their living area from their sleeping area, or if they keep the room open. I inquire about the use of room dividers. I wonder if they like their space or if they'd trade up for a larger area if they could, (there are some people who say they wouldn't).
Apartment Therapy has a number of good posts related to space-saving solutions and decorating tips for small areas.
At 102 square feet, this studio apartment is only 1/5 the size of mine(!).
New York Times: A Roomy 178 Square Feet
Home Interiors Zone showcases 19 Amazing Furniture Designs To Make The Most Out Of Tiny Apartment Space
Malnurtured Snay lives in a studio apartment and shows an example of another studio arrangement that he loves.
Diplotette just moved to Washington, DC to become a Foreign Service Officer, and she's proud of the $1,100 per month studio she was able to find in Logan Circle.
Miss Moss says Small is Cool.
Darling Dexter recently moved into a studio with her husband and dog.
What's your favorite way to save space in a small home?
(Contributing editor Zandria blogs at Zandria.us.)