I am moving to New York next month. I got myself a tiny place and started to wonder how am I gonna fit there?
I sold some of the furnitures, bir table and chairs.
I can't afford an Interior Design company or a designer. So it is just you and me.
How can I live a small apartment? Do you have any usefull tips for me?
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It's all in the planning. You don't need a professional - just some paper, a pencil, and ideas.
I used to really be into design - I've controlled my parents' house design for years now, and I liked setting myself challenges like working with a small area.
-Get the measurements of your apartment, and set it down on paper. Draw a floor plan.
-Make sure you take into account any windows/radiators etc. they really make a difference.
-Try to visualize what the best use of your space would be - think about loft beds, extending tables, stacking chairs, layered cupboards, etc. Draw them into the plan.
-Work to use as much wall area as possible. Corners are a gift for small spaces. You can do so much with a corner - Jigsaw desks, corner sofas... Use your imagination. Bear in mind, with small places, use as little furniture as possible. It clogs up the room.
-Once you've got a plan, go to furniture shop with friendly, helpful staff and good (and free) design help. Ikea is amazing. The people who work there really help you find exactly what you need, and give helpful tips on design/installation. Plus, most of the furniture there is mix and match, so you can make it fit perfectly to you needs, as well as easy-setup, so you don't need professional help.
-Get as much help as you can from the staff, until you find the perfect furniture.
-Paint you walls light colours. It makes such a difference, making a room look bigger.
-Mirrors also create an illusion of space. Go for large, simple and modern mirrors, ideally opposite a window.
-If you can't afford a lot of new furniture, then once you've finished interrogating people at the furniture store, take careful note of what you need to buy and save up slowly over time, or use their suggestions to look at stuff online. You can get some great deals.
-Avoid dark furniture. They look heavy. Sell or paint any existing furniture.
These are just some suggestions. Good luck with fixing up your new apartment. It can be really fun.1