If you’ve chosen a condo for your vacation or home to retire, you’ll need to think about maximizing space. Condos are generally smaller than stand alone houses, and like apartments, don’t have as much square footage as a larger ‘house’. However, the benefits to condo living are obvious; great views, great amenities, and less maintenance. learning to maximize space in a condo is fun and easy. Sometimes you just need to think outside the box!
Tip 1. Take Advantage of Open Storage
If your kitchen is short on cupboard or counter space you can boost it’s capacity by adding some open storage. Choose an open baker’s rack or even sleek industrial metal shelving, to display your dishes or stemware. The racks are ideal for displaying and storing cookbooks, placemats, and other kitchen items that are bulky. Place some baskets on the lower shelves for additional storage, and add some cute decorative touches, such as phots in frames, to give it a finished feel.
Tip 2. Create an Entry
If your condo lacks a traditional foyer, you can easily create one in just a small amount of space. Search for a petite bench, coatrack or combination of both. This will give your entry a more formal feel and will double as storage for shoes, umbrellas, coats etc. If you have an old bookcase, you can repurpose it by removing the top shelves and screwing some decorative hooks into the upper portion. This will allow a place to hang items. The bottom shelves can be outfitted with baskets to organize mail, catch car-keys, cell phones and handbags.
Tip 3. Make Good Use of Mirrors
Mirrors are the ultimate decorating tool in small spaces. A large mirror strategically placed across from a window will reflect natural light throughout the entire space. If you have a beautiful view of the beach or a golf course, a large mirror will allow the view to be seen from additional angles in the room.
Tip 4. Streamline Your Dining Area
If you have a small space for a dining table consider buying an all glass table. Being able to see through the table will make the space feel naturally larger. In addition, large cumbersome chandeliers in a dining area can make the ceiling feel lower, which makes the room feel more cramped and claustrophobic. Consider replacing bulky over the table light fixtures with petite wall sconces.
Tip 5 Choose Multipurpose Furniture
When you don’t have as much space to work with, it’s important that each piece of furniture pull it’s own weight. A sofa that can be folded out into a bed by night is a great way to accommodate overnight guests when you don’t have a spare bedroom. A guest bedroom can be outfitted with a daybed that can be used as a sofa by day, and sleeping space by night. If you’re short on linen closet space choose a decorative basket to hold folded up bed linens that are within easy access to your sleeping spaces.
For other great tips to maximizing space in small spaces check out this Better Homes and Gardens article: