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Our Designers’ Best Interior Design Tips For Small Apartments

apartment design ideasTrying to make a new apartment feel like home can be hard, especially when the space you have to work with is small. It doesn’t help that you (usually) can’t make permanent changes. And to top it off, your place might have strange dimensions or awkward features that you have no clue what to do with… Ugh!

Fortunately, Modsy Designers have seen it all. We’re sharing the following small apartment design ideas from our home design playbook to help you tackle your space in style.

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1. Light It Up With Wall Sconces

If you’re looking for small apartment design ideas involving lighting, wall sconces are the way to go. These babies light up your home without wasting valuable floor space or table surface area (unlike a chunkier table lamp).

What’s even better? Many wall sconce options can be plugged into the wall so you don’t have to worry about the whole wiring issue. Some even swivel, giving you extra flexibility with your lighting.

Read This Next: 6 Temporary Decorating Ideas for Renters

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2. Keep Furniture Off the Floor

Kind of like how your mom used to say “keep your feet off the sofa,” one of the best apartment design ideas involves keeping your furniture off the floor.

Why? Because nothing makes a small space look even smaller like a bulky sofa plopped right on the floor. Instead, try using furniture that sits high up off the floor to make your small space look roomier. Pieces with long tapered legs, like this sofa, are a perfect choice. (Psst! This is also a reason why the Mid-Century Modern trend is so popular in urban cities where homes are a lot smaller.)

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3. Layer a Rug Over Your Carpet

One of the best small apartment design ideas is to cover the unattractive floor with a pretty rug. This works whether you have hardwood, tile or carpet that’s just not doing it for you.

Not only does a rug add style, but it also helps define zones in your layout. Plus, rugs are easy to roll up and transport, meaning you can invest knowing you’ll be able to your next place.

Read This Next: How much should you spend on a rug?

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4. Divide Your Space With Your Furniture

Many small apartments don’t have separate dining and living rooms (or even separate bedrooms if you’re living the studio life). But you can still create different “zones” using your furniture to divide the space.

Among the best small apartment design ideas is using the back of your sofa to act like a wall that divides one large living/dining room into two separate areas. Another of our favorite tricks is to use a bookcase as a divider between your bedroom and living spaces. Voila – your studio apartment is now a one bedroom!

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5. Try an Irregular Rug

Sometimes it’s best to skip a rectangular rug and embrace an irregular option instead. After all, a rug that is clearly too big or too small will just draw attention to the size of your room.

Instead, try an irregularly shaped rug, such as a cowhide or even a round rug. This will create a sense of flow and fill most of the floor space without drawing attention to the small size of your room.

apartment design ideas6. Opt for Clear Furniture

When you can’t make more space, you can always employ some apartment design ideas that make it look like you have more space. The oldest trick in the interior designer’s handbook? Clear furniture!

Opting for pieces made of glass or acrylic is a great way to trick the eye into thinking your space is larger than it is. So skip the bulky wooden coffee table in favor of a glass or acrylic option. It’ll make your space look more open and airy – which in turn will help it feel larger!

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7. Prop Up Artwork

Renting an apartment often means you can’t put holes in the walls. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the chance to display beautiful art in your home! Instead, just put the artwork on a dresser or shelf and lean it against the wall.

This is also a great trick to create a slightly more eclectic vibe in your space. Not worried about making holes? Try leaning one piece of art against another hung on the wall for a layered look.

Read This Next: 5 Creative Ways to fill Blank Walls

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8. Use Your Space Vertically

You may not have a lot of square footage in your apartment, but you can make the absolute most of it by going vertical. For instance, one of tour favorite small apartment design ideas is using bookcases in creative ways!

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Bookcases make use of your space vertically so you can maximize storage while minimizing use of floor space. Want to take it a step further? Try swapping your nightstand or side table for a bookcase. Even consider finding a bookcase with a built in desk option!

If you’re having trouble visualizing these small apartment ideas in your own home, let Modsy help! We use 3d renderings to show you how new furniture and décor will look in your exact room, ensuring you don’t waste time and money buying items that won’t fit or look good in your home.

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6 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party in Small Spaces

small space hostingWith Thanksgiving less than a month away, it’s safe to say peak hosting season is officially upon us! That means it’s time to break out the pumpkin décor, light your favorite fall scented candle, and get your bar cart ready for action.

Whether you’re opening your home for the big turkey day or planning an informal “Friendsgiving,” hosting a dinner party in any space can be intimidating. But for those of us working with minimal square footage, it can pose an even greater challenge.

Not only do you have to negotiate cooking a spectacular meal in a pint-sized kitchen, but you also have to figure where everyone is going to sit. Not to mention the struggle of fitting your feast on your tiny (or even non-existent) table!

If those struggles sound familiar, don’t fret! With a few clever tricks you can easily host a successful dinner party in your space, no matter the size.

To help, we rounded up our Modsy Designers’ 6 best tips for small space hosting.

small space hosting1. Don’t Be Afraid to Rearrange Your Whole Space

The most common challenge with small space hosting is that most small homes don’t have dining rooms! But here’s the good news – dining rooms are not a requirement for hosting an excellent dinner party.

Try rearranging your main living space for the evening. Push your sofa to the side and bring your dining table into the newly opened space.

Not sure what the best layout is for your space? Try your hand at our 3D Style Editor to see how new layouts will look in your room (without the heavy lifting). Not a Modsy customer? Start a project and we’ll show you your options in 3D.

small space hosting2. Mix and Match Your Chairs

Don’t have a full set of dining chairs handy? Gather all of the seats from around your house and take them into the main entertaining space.

Look around for desk chairs, stools, entryway benches and other furniture that you can repurpose as dining room seating for the evening.

Designer Tip: Dining chairs can be used in more places than just the dining room! Try one as a desk chair or even get creative and use it as a nightstand. This is a great option if you prefer the look of a matching set (not to mention shopping in pairs can often save you money).

small space hosting3. Expand Your Table (Or Expand Your Options)

One of the best ways to prepare for a small space dinner party is with an expandable dining table. These give you the option to accommodate more people when needed, but also easily collapse to save space when it’s just you.

If purchasing a new table just isn’t, well, on the table, consider making do with what you have. Don’t be afraid to pull in desks and console tables to create a makeshift dining space for the night.

Read This Next: 6 Ways to Prep Your Dining Room for Holiday Entertaining

small space hosting4. Go Mobile With Your Drink + Snack Station

A bar car is a great option for hosting a dinner party in tight quarters. You can wheel it in when you need it, and easily tuck it away when you don’t.

If you’re working with an especially small space, look for an option with an open frame to keep your space looking airy and light. Mirrored shelves are another trick to help make your space look a bit larger than it is.

Read This Next: Small Space Hacks to Optimize Your Living Room

small space hosting5. Set Up a Buffet Station

The last thing you want is to clutter up your dining table and leave no space to actually eat. Instead, outfit a credenza or console table as a buffet station and encourage guests to help themselves.

6. Serve Vertically

Vertical displays are a great way to make more surface area when you don’t have any. When it comes to small space hosting, opt for some tiered serving trays to make the most of a smaller serving station.

Read This Next: 7 Sneaky Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

 

Don’t let your small space hold you back! Whether it’s a tiny dining room or an awkward living space, our Modsy designers are standing by to help you find the perfect design for your home. Start a project today and get your space ready for the holidays!

Small-Space Hacks: 5 Ideas for Small Entryways

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In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.

This week we show you great small entryway ideas that can make the most of a pint-sized space. Here are our 5 of our favorite tricks to turn your entryway into a welcoming checkpoint and functional storage spot.

Optimize Your Space With These 5 Small Entryway Ideas

small entryway ideas1. If you need extra storage…

Center your entry with a dresser with deep drawers for increased storage options. This is a great way to deal with storage overflow from other areas in your home where square footage is at a premium. Stash winter coats, extra pillows and big throws in the lower compartments and use the dresser’s upper storage for more practical daily items, such as books, scarves, hats, and even takeout menus.

You can easily round out the look of the overall space by adding personal art and objects along with a stylish table lamp on the dresser surface. And don’t underestimate the beauty of umbrella stands, which can double as sculptural accents in an otherwise utilitarian space.

Another idea? If you’re really pressed for space, consider the storage possibilities of a nightstand. One with drawers can provide the perfect mini catchall spot.

small entryway ideas2. If you’re (always) on the go…

A space-saving console makes for a convenient catchall for holding your wallet, car keys, and mail. Choose a console with drawers and cubbies specifically for mail that’s important; junk mail can go into baskets squirreled away underneath the console. In a small space, this can keep paper clutter from trickling into the rest of your home.

Treat the surface of the console as a vanity with a mirror and table lamp, and keep frequently worn jewelry and other accessories (phone chargers, headphones) neatly stowed away. This will create a functional spot that gathers all your everyday essentials as you dash out (or in) the door.

small entryway ideas3. If you have guests over often…

Your small entry should combine both function and style for an instantly welcoming spot. And just because you’re tight on space doesn’t mean you can’t go big with multiple pieces of stylish furnishings.

Look for storage pieces that have slim silhouettes as well as open-shelving constructions. A tall bookshelf can provide vertical storage that also helps to draw attention away from the small size of your entry, while a slim glass console will further lend a spacious look and feel.

small entryway ideas4. If you have high-energy kids…

There’s no furniture piece more practical than a storage bench for containing all the little things that can easily pile up in a small home, be it shoes, jackets, or toys.

Opt for a storage bench with a lid or one with cubbies, and arrange the space to mimic a mudroom; even in a small entry, you can set up hooks and baskets that give everything a place. The best part about a storage bench is that it’s also the perfect perch for your little ones to put on their shoes.

small entryway ideas5. If you have (very) little space…

Keep your entry minimal by pulling in a pair of dining chairs. They make for a much simpler alternative to storage pieces if you just need a place to put down your bag or to slip on shoes before you run out the door.

The best part is that chairs are versatile and movable, you can pull them into other areas of your home if needed. Consider using chairs that match those in your dining area so that they can easily pinch-hit as extra seating for guests.

Need help bringing your small entryway ideas to life?

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7 Sneaky Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

storage ideas for small spacesWhether you live in a tiny apartment or a big family house, storage ideas for small spaces can always come in handy. Adding storage doesn’t have to mean adding an entire new shelving system or purchasing a big ticket item, like a credenza; all it takes is rethinking your spaces with the right pieces.

Read on for 7 of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces1. Work Storage Into Your Entry

Use a desk in your entry as a functional console and catchall. One with drawers provides holding places for mail and on-the-go accessories, like sunglasses, hats, and totes.

The surface can hold a tray for keys, a table lamp, and a mirror for those last-minute outfit checks before you dash out the door.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces2. Choose a Multipurpose Coffee Table

For a busy space like your living room, consider working storage into your coffee table.

For instance, a two-tiered table allows you to stash trays, magazines, and coasters on the lower shelves. A repurposed trunk or a coffee table with a lid is great for stowing away big books, board games, and even kids’ toys. And a coffee table with drawers are stylish design details that can also keep remotes, wine openers, and other small items out of sight.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces3. Find New Use for Nightstands

No need to relegate a nightstand to just your bedroom. Pull one into your living room to use as a side table. One of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces, nightstands are a great way to pack in extra storage without adding clutter.

Most nightstands come with two or three drawers, so you’ll have extra storage space for everything from additional cords and candles to throw blankets. On top, you’ll have room for a lamp as well as a place to put down a drink.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces4. Add Seating with Storage

Super-functional storage benches and ottomans are perfect in any living room, but especially if you’re short on space.

Giving you both style and storage, these benches serve as pretty and comfortable seating when you have guests over and also as hiding spots for anything and everything. Try using a storage bench under a living room window to create a reading spot, or tuck it behind your sofa.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces5. Go Big with Baskets

Easy to tote around, baskets are storage catchalls. They’re the easiest of our small space storage ideas to implement and they can be easily brought to a larger space if you move!

They’re especially handy if you have kids that lay out their toys; keeping them in baskets will help conceal what can be a mess on the floor. Plus, baskets tuck nicely into cubbies or can be set on the floor by a chair to hold blankets and books.

Try multiple baskets spread out in one room on the floor for a few storage touch points.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces6. Make Your Bed Do Double Duty

If you’re working with small square footage, a platform bed with drawers or one with storage underneath can help you make the most of an otherwise unused space in your bedroom.

It’s a great small-space solution for stowing away winter bedding, clothes, and extra sheets, linens, and pillows.  

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces7. Rethink a Bookshelf

Try an open bookcase beside your bed instead of a nightstand or table. This ups your storage (literally) by making use of wall space that’s often left empty next to your bed.

Essentials—like an alarm clock, your iPhone, bedtime reading—can go on the lower shelves, while books, jewelry boxes, and even clothes can be stored on the upper ones. And since most open bookshelves are narrow, you’ll also be saving floor space.

Need to rethink storage in your small space?

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Bedroom Design Ideas: 8 Unique Nightstand Alternatives To Try Now

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Your nightstand might be one of the most personal pieces of furniture. Not only do you spend a third of your life sleeping next to it, most of us also use our nightstands as a home for an intimate collection of our most personal objects.

A typical nightstand might display everything from a pile of books you’re reading (or intend to read, or want people to think you’re reading), a collection of half-finished beverages, photos of your travels and loved ones, or simply your nighttime essentials like reading glasses or the retainer you never wear.

But aside from being a highly personal piece of furniture, your nightstand should also be functional. And sometimes, the most functional nightstand is actually no nightstand at all.

This may sound crazy, but this simple swap can instantly pack your space with multi-purpose power. Read on to see some of our favorite nightstand alternatives that add extra function without skimping on style.

8 Nightstand Alternatives for the Multi-Purpose Bedroom

nightstand alternatives1. Go Vertical With a Bookcase

Why not save space with a bookcase that doubles as your nightstand? Just clear off a shelf that’s easy to reach and stash all your bedside essentials there. You can use the other shelves for extra storage, which is great if you’re tight on space. It’s a win win if you ask us!

nightstand alternatives2. Pull Up a Chair

If all you need is a place to set down a bedtime book, an alarm clock, or your phone to charge overnight, a lightweight chair is an easy nightstand alternative.

Want to get multipurpose? Try pulling in an extra dining chair. This works well if you don’t use all your dining chairs daily, but like having them on-call for when guests come over.

nightstand alternatives3. Consider a Console

Is your big, bulky nightstand making your bedroom feel cramped and cluttered? Try a console with an open base instead.

Console tables are designed to be used in (often narrow) entryways, making them one of the best nightstand alternatives for small spaces. Their long and slender shape won’t clutter up floor space, but you still get a decent amount of surface area to prop bedside essentials, art, and decor.

Looking to optimize a small entryway? Here are 5 ideas.

nightstand alternatives4. Work It With a Desk

Need to fit in a mini office in your bedroom? Skip the nightstand and go for a desk instead. Not only are these stylish nightstand alternatives, a desk also gives you both lots of surface space and storage if you pick one with a drawer.

nightstand alternatives5. Do Double-Duty With a Dresser

When it comes to making the most of a storage piece, try using a dresser as your nightstand. This 2-for-1 approach helps you save space in the room (let’s face it: dressers are big!) but gives you tons of extra storage. Not to mention, they’re sure to bring bold style to your bedside.

nightstand alternatives6. Float a Shelf

This is both a clever and cost-effective option for super small spaces. You can count on a floating shelf to hold all your nighttime essentials, all the while saving you lots of floor space.

If one is not enough, we suggest stacking two floating shelves.

nightstand alternatives7. Move a Stool Over

For another low-cost alternative to a nightstand, try a small stool, bench, or ottoman. This is an easy, portable option that also doubles as a convenient spot to put your shoes on in the morning.

Plus, you can easily pull the stool into your living room when you need an extra seats.

nightstand alternatives8. Trunk It!

Looking to add a little vintage style or rustic charm to your bedroom? Try an industrial trunk. It provides great storage and it’s got style to boot, making it one of our favorite nightstand alternatives.

If you get a trunk as a hand-me-down piece that you don’t quite know what to do with, swap it in for your nightstand.

Or check out 5 more ideas how to mix vintage pieces in to modern interiors.

 

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Small-Space Hacks: Simple Ways To Maximize A Tiny Bedroom

In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.

This week we show you simple ways to make the most of a small bedroom. Read on for our favorite easy tricks to save lots of space, add major style, and rethink the possibilities in a pint-size bedroom.

If You’re Pressed For Storage Space…

Small bedroom ideasBulk Up Your Bedside.

If you don’t have a lot of room, make this spot by your bed work overtime. Nix the nightstand and go for a small dresser or a compact chest with drawers instead. They function just like a nightstand but offer more in storage for stashing away clothes, sheets, and other essentials. You can even pull in a set of baskets for storing small items, such as books, pillows, and even chunkier, winter clothes.

Small bedroom ideasThink Vertical Storage.

Swap in a bookcase to add more vertical storage space. If you’re have lots of books, accents, and small knick knacks, this is a great solve that takes up very little footprint beside your bed.

If You Have Very Little Walking Room…

Small bedroom ideasFloat Some Shelves.

If a small nightstand, chest, or bookshelf are all still taking up too much floor space, opt for a floating shelf or two (or three!), which leaves zero footprint and won’t clutter up a small bedroom that’s already tight on space. The best part is that these can go anywhere and also double as display surfaces for cool art, personal objects, and plants.

Small bedroom ideasHang Your Lights.

Rather than a table or floor lamps, hang pendants (or sconces) for bedside lighting instead to save on floor space. They’re a stylish solve for small bedrooms, particularly alongside the bed. They also work well with floating shelves beside the bed!

If You Think There’s No Room For Stylish Pieces…

Small bedroom ideasTry a Free-Form Rug.

Rugs come in several standard sizes, but these can often be too big or too small, which will accentuate the small size of your space rather than work with it. Consider a rug with an organic shape, like a cowhide, which will distract from the boxiness of your tiny bedroom while adding some nice color and warm, fuzzy texture underfoot.

Small bedroom ideasAdd Cool, Clear Furniture.

Furniture like an acrylic bench or set of clear nesting tables can open up your small bedroom visually and also act as storage without making the space feel cluttered. Similarly, mirrors can have the same effect, tricking the eye into thinking the room is larger than it seems. Try hanging one bedside or a large round one above the bed for a light, roomy effect.

Small bedroom ideasPack in Some Plants.

Even if you don’t have room for extra furniture, you can easily add a lively touch with some hanging greenery and plants. Find a corner for a hanging planter or two, or line up several plants along floating shelves for a cute display.

For more stylish and smart ideas for your small bedroom, check out these stories!

8 Nightstand Alternatives for a Multi-Purpose Bedroom

1 Boxy Bedroom, 2 Smart Ways to Maximize The Space

7 Ways to Incorporate Seating Into Your Bedroom

My Modsy Story: Redesigning a Bedroom And Not Knowing Where to Start

 

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