Furnishing an apartment is often not the easiest thing to do for several reasons. Usually apartments are small, often there is a tight budget to contend with, and on top of all this often there might be restrictions in your lease on what you can and can't do.
The wonderful thing is that there are often workarounds, and restrictions should not scare you away from furnishing an attractive space to your own liking.
There Are Some Furnishing Essentials You Absolutely Need
There are certain pieces of furniture that you must have when furnishing any living space whether it is a house or an apartment.
- You need some form of seating for you and your visitors to sit upon.
- You need a table and some chairs for dining. The table can also double as a work surface, and the chairs may be used for extra seating when you have friends over.
- You need a surface for sleeping. A sleeper sofa, or sofa bed can double as a combination sitting and sleeping surface for you or visitors.
- You will need some storage furniture to contain your belongings.
You Should Choose Furniture That is Multi-functional and Flexible
Think in terms of multi-functionality and flexibility when you are furnishing a smaller space, such as an apartment.
- Be flexible in how you use your space. Turn a dining area into a home office, or set up a seating group around a table to double as a sitting and dining area.
- Divide the space to suit your needs with room dividers such as shelving which does double duty as storage furniture. A room divider could be especially useful in a studio apartment.
- Choose a coffee table that has storage space, such as a trunk, or choose one that lets you adjust its height for dining or work.
Invest in Storage Furniture
Creative storage is much needed in an apartment as it is easier for smaller spaces to become overrun with clutter.
- Buy a bed that has storage underneath. It could be in the shape of pull out drawers or a bed that lifts up to let you store clothing or blankets when not in use.
- Nightstands, and accent tables can also provide storage if they have shelves. So can storage ottomans, which can also double as seating or coffee tables.
- Dining tables with drawers, coffee tables with drawers or shelves, room dividers with shelves are all good storage options.
- Some sofas come with storage options as well, as do sofa beds.
- Vertical storage in the shape of floating shelves can also help keep clutter in control.
Don't Forget to Layer and Personalize With Accessories
Once you have the essentials in place, accessorize to dress up your apartment to turn it into a more welcoming and comfortable space. It will never feel like a home if you don't personalize it.
- Floor lamps provide flexibility and let you free up table tops for books or other belongings.
- Rugs help hide unsightly floors and walls in addition to providing warmth.
- Curtains help soften a sterile space and muffle noise from the inevitable noisy neighbors.
- Ceiling to floor curtains and tall shelving units add a vertical aspect, making a room appear larger.
- Wall decals, peel off wallpaper, posters and paintings, or fabric on stretchers can dress up walls even when you are not allowed to paint your walls.