When downsizing or moving into your first apartment, finding space for everything can be quite the challenge. There are some easy ways to add style to a small space and make it functional as well. When picking pieces for a small space you have to think about the scale and the function of the piece.
When furniture shopping, sometimes showrooms only display one size, so if there is a sofa you really like, see if it comes in a smaller, apartment size. A good rule of thumb is if it has three cushions, it is probably too big. Huffington Post recently published an article listed six sofas that work for small spaces. They are all classic in style and will last a long time. Even if you eventually move to a larger space, the small sofa can work in an office space or in a sitting room, so it does not have to be a throwaway piece.
When working in a small space, think vertically. You can use bookshelves or floating shelves to give you storage for all kinds of items. Use baskets to hide small items or unattractive necessities, like cords and chargers. You can even use this area for closet overflow.
When picking pieces for your living room or bedroom think multipurpose. Use a trunk as a coffee table or side table in your living room for a great use of space. You can also utilize an oversize tufted ottoman with a tray for a coffee table that can also double as extra seating when you have guests over. In the bedroom, use a small dresser as a side table so you can have extra clothes storage and a place to put a lamp for bedside lighting. You can also use a desk as a side table if you need a space for a small office area.
Whether you are downsizing or moving into your first apartment, there are many ways to add style and function while maximizing space. Remember to think of the scale of your pieces, the use of vertical space, and the ability of the pieces to serve a dual purpose. For more small space ideas check out Better Than Necessary Design's blog.