When you have lived in small spaces for the majority of your life, you learn to use and maximise each inch of space within your humble abode. Living in an apartment does not mean you have to sacrifice on storage space if you are clever with your storage solutions. Here are five of our best storage ideas for apartment living.
1. Store under the bed
Your bed is the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom and will take up the most space, so getting a bed with under-bed storage is a great way to make use of the limited space you have.
Some bed frames have under-bed storage drawers built into the frame or drawers that can be purchased as an add-on feature to the bed frame. Another alternative are gas lift storage beds which allow you to store items underneath the mattress.
If you already have a bed frame or bed base that sits high off the ground, you can use under bed storage containers that can fit underneath your bed. Under bed storage containers come in all different shapes and sizes so make sure you measure the distance between the floor and the bed so you buy containers that can fit under your bed.
2. Use over the door storage solutions
You can find over the door storage solutions for all areas of your home; the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc. These are a great solution for an apartment with limited space as they don’t take up any floor space and sit flush against the door.
In the kitchen, you can find over the door storage solutions for your tea towels, paper towels, canned produce, spice racks, bin racks, cleaning supplies and much more.
In the bathroom, there are over the door options for towel racks, medicine cabinets, shower caddies and toilet paper holders just to name a few.
For the bedroom, there are storage options that hang over the door for shoes, clothes, jewellery and mirrors.
3. Use vertical space instead of horizontal space
When you are working with small spaces with minimal square meterage, you want to make use of vertical space as you are limited with horizontal space. Using vertical space means making use of the real estate on the walls rather than the floor.
A great way to make use of vertical space is to use shelving. To maximise your space, we recommend you go floor-to-ceiling with your shelves. You can do this on any budget, either by going custom and getting shelves built in or purchasing tall shelving units that fit your space. If you have limited space, use narrow shelves to not intrude too much on traffic flow.
When organising your shelves, place infrequently used items on the top shelves and work your way down to the most frequently used for easier access. To keep things looking neat and uncluttered, use baskets or containers to organise your bits and bobs. You can also place decor items amongst your shelves so it can serve as storage and decoration.
4. Use collapsible items
There are some items in your apartment that will take up a lot of space, so finding collapsible versions of these items will help free up some of your cupboards.
If you are working with a small kitchen then you may want to consider swapping out some of these items you may use on a daily basis. You can find collapsible colanders, measuring cups, mixing bowls, microwave cover and dish rack just to name a few.
In the bathroom and laundry room, you can find collapsible laundry baskets, laundry hampers and wash buckets.
These space saving items will also work great if you go camping or on a road trip when you are working with the limited amount of space in your car.
5. Organise cupboards with baskets and containers
If your apartment only comes with one storage cupboard, you want to make the most of it by organising all your items using baskets and containers.
Organising and placing all your items into designated baskets will keep things neat and tidy. It will also help you maximise the entire area of your cupboard.
If you have a deep cupboard, you want to find long containers so you can use the entire depth of the cupboard rather than just the front of the shelves.
If the shelves in the cupboard are quite tall, you want to use containers that have lids so you can stack multiple containers on top of each other therefore making use of the entire shelf. You can also use containers that have pull out drawers for easy access to everyday items.