Living in an apartment or studio flat has its pros and cons, often providing the ideal location for a busy lifestyle working in the city, but sometimes leaving you bursting out of wardrobes and drawers fighting for space.
It is very easy to feel cramped in a one bed apartment packed with your belongings, especially if you’re building up furniture ready for to buy your first home, and so it is important to be clever and organised when trying to free up space with limited storage.
There are many easy and cost-effective solutions you can put in place within your flat to really make the most of the space you have available. So, whether it’s freeing up space to make your living areas more comfortable, or finding a way to store furniture your building up ready for your first home, our experts have shared their top tips below:
1.Install coat hooks
These affordable and easy to install items instantly create places to store your belongings. Putting up a few hooks in your hallway will allow you to hang bulky winter coats, as well as hats and scarves, which will save you a lot of wardrobe space.
2.Use storage containers
A lot of studio flats have very limited built in storage, meaning space is at a premium. One easy way to ensure you make the most of the space you have is by organising your belongings and condensing them down. One of the easiest ways to do this is by using storage containers, which you can stack on top of each other to allow you to fit more into the space that you do have.
3.Turn your décor into storage
Having a stylish and homely apartment is often a high priority, with many choosing to hang art and photos on the walls. However, one way you may be able to maintain a strong look whilst also storing belongings is to go one step further and hang items such as jewellery or even hats on your walls whilst you aren’t using them, to merge storage and style together perfectly.
4.Invest in foldable furniture
A go to storage solution for those living in small apartments is to use furniture you can easily fold up and put away. Items such as fold out chairs and desks are affordable, easy to use and can be set up anywhere that is convenient in your home, before being condensed down to a smaller size making them easier to store and freeing up floor space in the process.
5.Organise and store upwards
If you organise your belongings well, this will allow you to make the most of the space you have available to you, especially if you store things upwards, rather than outwards. Having a cupboard where containers are stacked on top of one another will help you be more efficient with your space, whilst installing high rise shelving would have the same benefits.
Take a look at our blog for more storage tips and tricks, or if you’re in need of some self-storage space, check out our calculator to work out how much you might need.