How to Design a Small Apartment in 6 Simple Steps

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How to Design a Small Apartment in 6 Simple Steps

Los Angeles is full of living options. But if you are scouting available apartments, you’ve probably discovered that many options are on the small side. In fact, LA recently made Thrillist’s Top 20 list of cities with the smallest apartments. Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of space to design an apartment that’s perfect for you. Below are six steps to help you design a small apartment that you will love.

Step One: Clean house BEFORE you move in

LA’s smallest apartments are a mere 200 square feet in size. While most available apartments aren’t this small, you do need to adopt a minimalist approach to avoid making your apartment feel cluttered. If the thought of organizing your possessions is overwhelming, try following these tips:

  • Start by throwing away anything that is broken or damaged beyond repair.
  • Set aside the clothing and things you rarely use to donate to your favorite charity. 
  • Say goodbye to any oversized pieces that won’t fit in your new apartment. 

Step Two: Avoid dark walls

Most design experts agree that dark walls are not a good choice for small spaces. On the other hand, an all-white approach or light-colored paint can make your small apartment feel larger. If you love color, remember you can infuse your favorite shades into your apartment by choosing furniture and accessories of that particular color. 

Step Three: Use mirrors to add light and create a larger feel

Hanging a mirror in the entryway of a tiny apartment helps to reflect light and create a welcoming ambiance for visitors. But there are plenty of other ways to get creative with mirrors. Here are some of the many ways to use mirrors to make your apartment look larger:

  • Put them on the front of your cabinet doors.
  • Position them behind your stove or dishwasher.
  • Use them as a backsplash in your bathroom or kitchen.

Step Four: Choose elevated furniture

The furniture you select can make a big difference in how spacious your apartment feels. You can help create space by choosing sofas, chairs, tables, and beds that feature legs as opposed to those that sit right on the floor with no clearance. As an added bonus, it’s easier to keep the floor clean when your furniture is elevated with legs.

Step Five: Use space that is often forgotten

When you live in a small apartment, it can feel like your closets and storage areas fill up quickly. When this happens, put on your thinking cap and take advantage of space that is often ignored by people. Here are some specific suggestions to help you:

  • Kitchen: Use the top of your refrigerator and cabinets to store items or display a piece of artwork.
  • Living Area: Use tall, vertical cabinets and elevated shelving.
  • Bedroom: Choose a bed that features storage drawers underneath.

Step Six: Keep your apartment clean

Clutter and dirt seem to look even worse in a small space. Set aside time each week to declutter, take care of your laundry, and get rid of trash. If you hate cleaning, reach out to a professional cleaning service. One of the many advantages of living in a small apartment is that you’ll pay less for cleaning services. 

What is the key to enjoying life in a small apartment?

As shown above, big things can happen in small spaces. With a plan and some creativity, you can design a small apartment you’ll love. However, the key to enjoying life in a tiny space is to find the perfect apartment community for your needs. 

We invite you to contact us at VIVE LA to schedule a tour at one of our unique communities. Whether you’re looking for a hotspot in one of LA’s best neighborhoods or a quaint, pet-friendly place to call home, we have a variety of choices to offer. We look forward to helping you find a cozy apartment that you’re proud to call home!

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