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Don’t Let Smaller Spaces Cramp Your Style! Tips for Maximizing Your Space.

Shaker Run - Friday, September 25, 2015

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There are numerous advantages to apartment living. For one, it is a lot more affordable than owning a home. As an apartment dweller at Shaker Run, you never have to worry about shelling out tons of money for costly repairs. A house also requires a lot more upkeep; there are more rooms to clean, leaves to rake, grass to mow, etc. An apartment affords you more freedom from chores and it typically comes with free amenities such as a fitness center and pool. Of course, one thing you might feel that you sacrifice when living in an apartment is space. But, our spacious apartments provide you with lots of opportunity for maximizing it for your enjoyment!

Just because you live in a smaller space doesn’t mean you have to feel cramped and confined. There are plenty of ways to make a small space appear bigger and more open. Check out these handy tips:

De-clutter and Make Your Apartment Visually Larger

Is there an unsightly pile of mail on your kitchen counter? Are you constantly tripping over toys? Are clothes and shoes spilling out of your closet? Clutter can make any space seem smaller than it is. It can also dampen your mood. Clearing out clutter will not only heighten the perception of space, it will make your apartment more aesthetically pleasing.

Organization is the antidote to clutter. Go room by room and assure each item has an assigned place. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Create a filing system for bills and mail.
  • Use drawer organizers.
  • Keep toys orderly with bins.
  • Use hooks to hang up keys, coats, ties, etc.
  • Shelving is a great way to capitalize on unused space.
  • Hang shoe organizers on the back of a closet or bedroom door.
  • Take advantage of vacant space under beds to stash things that are out of season, like clothing and holiday items.

Décor Choices Are a Big Part of the Equation

Even the smallest of spaces can be functional, practical and enjoyable if furnished and decorated cleverly.

  • Placing furniture around one large area rug can give the impression of more open space.
  • Be careful not to overcrowd a room with furniture. Take inventory of what you have and consider what you really need and which things currently reflect your taste and style.
  • Pulling large furniture just a few inches from the wall can do a great job of making a space seem more open.
  • Make use of multi-functional furniture, such as coffee tables or ottomans with hidden storage features.
  • Be a minimalist when it comes to knick-knacks. Too many of them make a space seem untidy and crowded. Opt for just a few larger decorative items.

Let There Be Light!

Darkness not only reduces the perception of space in a room, it can also give off a gloomy vibe.

  • Avoid heavy curtains or dark window coverings.
  • Keep the blinds open during the day. This not only lets in lots of sunlight, but the view from larger windows helps to extend the space.
  • Strategically place mirrors across from windows. They will reflect light and create an illusion of spaciousness.
  • Replacing a table lamp and side table with a floor lamp frees up space, and the vertical line provides balance to the room.

Use these tips to create an open and spacious interior and you will be well on your way to maximizing the space in your apartment.

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