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15 Simple Small Apartment Ideas For Renters

Compact living is a global trend. Millions of people are renting studio apartments and it is a challenge to maximize such limited living spaces. Here are 15 small apartment ideas that will inspire the imagination and creativity of renters: #1. Custom build an elevated bed platform, leaving more space underneath for closet space, working area, or for storage. #2. Hang anything from the ceiling by attaching string, twine, or fishing wire to the ceiling. Use clothespins to hang items along a rope that is suspended from the ceiling and add reinforcements such as thumbtacks, hooks, or nails to the ceiling for heavier objects. #3. Separated room with sliding wooden doors disguised as panels. To make sliding wooden doors look great, try to paint the door green, red, and yellow for a pop of vibrant color. #4. Invest in a compact all-in-one storage solution. One of the more clever ones is the innovative space-efficient box that houses a platform that can fit a queen-sized bed, a workspace, and an internal space for storage. #5. Turn an entire wall into different-sized shelves for smart storage space. Consider using floating shelves that are the same color as your wall for a sleeker look. Use different sizes and strategically place them on the wall. #6. Create functional space by investing in furniture units that either slides or moves that results in having more space in the apartment. Get a furniture unit that incorporates a sliding bed or a sliding workspace or a custom-made movable bookshelf that uncovers either a bed or a working corner. #7. Cluster a variety of mirrors on the wall instead of placing artwork. Place a pair of mirrored nightstands on both sides of the bed or place a large floor mirror on the foyer. #8. Keep things linear by putting varying geometric and linear prints in your apartment. It will give a small space a sense of structure, provided the illusion of additional length and width and gives the apartment a more interesting aesthetic. #9. Do layer lighting which will keeping light at multiple levels. You could aim high with eye-catching ceiling fixtures, Go vertical with floor lamps or using task lights. #10. Use acrylic or glass furniture to trick the eye and lessens the visual clutter in the room. #11. Place a buffet between your kitchen and dining areas for easy serving and extra storage. Use indoor plants to indicate changes in the use of space and put a coat and shoe rack by the door to mark your entranceway. #12. Turn a large windowsill into a workspace. Invest in a corner shelving unit to store kitchenware, dishes, or even bar essentials and place baskets on top of your refrigerator to hide lesser-used serving platters or baking sheets. #13. Place two identical bookshelves on either side of a doorway where you can store household items. A large entertainment center with extra shelves serve as a great room divider and storage space. #14. Use floating shelves instead of a bookcase or a floating sink in lieu of a traditional vanity. You could also use furniture pieces with legs rather than those that sit directly on the floor. #15. If your apartment has access to natural light, choose lighter-colored shades to maximize the light. Customize a vanity cum study table at one end to take advantage of the natural light and use bay windows as extra shelves to store decorative items or even small plants. And that’s all for now… What do you thinks about this episodes? Please share your thoughts about this video in the comment section… For more Apartment ideas, stay tune to our channel… Thanks for watching and we’ll see you in the next video…


Diane Durante

Jun 6, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

You are not allowed to build things in most apartments. I have always loved your ideas

SCD Observer

Jun 6, 2019, 6:47 pm Reply

Floating shelves on a rented apartment? I want what she's smoking…

Charlie Girl

Jun 6, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

These ideas suck for renters you can't build things or poke holes in a rented dwelling


Jun 6, 2019, 7:07 pm Reply

The pictures don't match the comments half the time!

Veronica Lombarte

Jun 6, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

Unless you're going to buy your own removable furniture that is space changing or is versatile, most of the options here are not for renters. You can't place hooks, nails or tacks into walls or ceilings without losing your deposit or having to repair if you vacate the property. This is not for renters benefits.

Cheryl McNutt

Jun 6, 2019, 10:47 am Reply

Whoever wrote this, forgot it was for an apt. and started writing text where you can install “floating shelves, use Nails , & hooks” none of which you can do in an apartment. While I like many of Jansen’s ideas, they offer ZERO information on where to find certain purchases or how to do the work. This will be my last view of your videos because they simply cause frustration instead of providing solutions.

Dave S

Jun 6, 2019, 1:10 pm Reply

The idea's themselves sounded okay, but lost a lot of the impact because the pictures did not match the voice over leaving one to wonder..??

Quiff Osaurusrex

Jun 6, 2019, 3:55 pm Reply

Most of that shit looks ridiculously expensive.

Jill Barnett

Jun 6, 2019, 12:52 am Reply

Where does the queen bed drawer go? The unit cannot possibly be bed-wide.

Leticia Martinez

Jun 6, 2019, 2:19 pm Reply

Great ideas thanks

Frances Walker

Jun 6, 2019, 10:46 pm Reply

OMG, I can imagine me falling to my death from that skyscraper bed!

Frances Walker

Jun 6, 2019, 10:55 pm Reply

I mean no harm but buffet is not "boo-fay"'; it's BUFF-FAY. How to pronounce buffet, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lesxCSZkLvE

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