your fave small space design tips and there were some great ideas! We loved your suggestions and enthusiasm and definitely picked up some fab tips for our own small space. After the jump, check out the compiled list and pick up a tip or two.
fit the scale of the apartment. Your space will feel bigger. 2) Keep it clean! 3) Get rid of the clutter. Have a place for everything and then everything can go back in its place. 4) In small spaces, there never seems be enough space for clothing, books, electronic media, work areas but rather than lots of traditional freestanding dressers, cabinets, desks, etc. consider built-ins and modular furniture systems that can be configured to fit your space wall-to-wall and floor-to ceiling and accommodate all your storage needs in one compact area. 5) Dual purpose! Look for multiple uses in everything you buy. An ottoman is cozy, but an ottoman with hidden storage is even better. 6) Furniture with legs feels less heavy in a space than pieces that sit directly on the floor.
really think about how you use your house. Where do you like to read your mail? Flip through magazines? Pay bills? Then place storage and trash bins in the places where you will be handling paper and other cluttering items. 9) Enjoy the cozy feeling of a small space. 10) Spend more money on getting one or two taller piece (like bookcases). Try to confine your cluttery possessions (mail, books, ipod, etc) to a few concentrated zones instead of thinly spread out all over the place! 11) Glass-front bookcases (or barrister bookcases). For some reason things *feel* less cluttered if they are behind glass. 12) My tip would be to draw yourself a floorplan and organize yourself and the stuff you already own with the help of it. 13) Walk into your apartment and create your space from that viewpoint. You don't want to see the back of your tv from that perspective, and a few other not quite neat sides of things.
areas where you spend the most time. If you always eat in the living room, maybe that means investing in a coffee or side table that's really comfortable to eat from and forgoing a separate dining area altogether. 17) Don't go hog-wild at any store until you're sure that you need it. I made a list of all the things I "thought" I would need when I moved in, but after unpacking, half those things were no longer needed (due to space constraints). What a hassle.
Get a storage bed, so you don't have to have a dresser. 21) Consider furniture that blends in visually with your floor or walls, whether it is transparent or similar in color.
Clear furniture can do wonders. 26) Expandable dining table. 27) Large mirror to give the illusion of more space.