Our Absolute Best Small Space Living Advice of the Year

Our Absolute Best Small Space Living Advice of the Year

Esteban Cortez
Dec 27, 2017
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When I rented my first apartment years ago, I constantly scoured the internet for advice on making the most of my new home. More often than not, I'd end up on here for inspiration, clicking through House Tours and articles from people facing the same challenges I was. Fast forward to 2017—there's still no shortage of small space living advice on Apartment Therapy, and we've collected some of this year's favorites for you in this roundup.

(Image credit: Small Cool contest entry)

Make Your Studio Apartment Work For You

In one of our most-read posts of the year, Apartment Therapy writer Nancy Mitchell gathered some of the best entries from our Small Cool contest with effective and unique studio layouts. All of the looks are totally achievable, as they were created by Apartment Therapy readers like you and me.

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Privacy, Please!

Creating a bed nook in a studio apartment will forever be a challenge, and this post gathered beautiful and creative ideas to add a bit of privacy in even the tiniest of spaces. Tip: Don't miss the garment rack plant stand used as a divider.

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Handy & Versatile

There's no denying that IKEA makes functional (and often beautiful) furniture and accessories. Extendable coffee tables, hanging storage, drop-leaf tables: this post curated the Swedish giant's best products for your cozy home.

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Be Bold

An Apartment Therapy reader said of the photo above, "Wow, that black bedroom looks very sleepworthy. Never thought I'd like a black wall." That was the gist of this roundup: to illustrate bold paint color choices in small spaces that just work.

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High Contrast

The age-old design advice says that light colors in small spaces is the way to go, but these examples of dark-colored walls in small spaces prove otherwise. The trick, though, is to paint just one wall in a dark color. Click the link below to find out why this works.

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Don't Waste an Inch

It's important to make use of all available space in your home, whether it's a hallway or a really narrow bedroom. This post showcased work spaces, libraries, and living rooms in tight quarters that are stylish and functional without looking too crammed.

(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

On Downsizing

Our writer Nancy moved from a spacious Houston home into a tiny New York apartment, and she told us of the things she doesn't miss after downsizing (plus one thing she does). What we loved most about this post is the "what if?" it proposes: what would you miss the most if you had to downsize?

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