Living Small In NYC (How to work with the space you have)

NYC is becoming increasingly known for its small apartments. It’s a relatively small city with huge demand!

With so many people living in the city, spaces are getting smaller and smaller to accommodate more people. Hence the closet sized bedrooms and teeny tiny “studio apartments”. Let’s not even get started on the sky high rents for these places! It sucks, but let’s be honest, none of us plan on leaving NYC nor do we want to! This is how we can make it work, with a few simple, smart ways to maximize your apartment space:

 

 

Use appropriate furniture

This doesn’t necessarily mean that all of your furniture has to be smaller than average. You can simply be a little strategic. For example, with a regular full size bed you can opt for smaller nightstands or mounted shelves as an alternative. You can even use larger furniture pieces, but use less of them and keep them proportional. 

 

No space for a nightstand? Mount a shelf in the corner instead!

No space for a nightstand? Mount a shelf in the corner instead!

 

 

Be clever with space ‘zoning’

If you are furnishing a small studio, it may quickly start to feel like one big room. Some things that make it feel this way: furniture pushed to the perimeter of the room and placing all types furniture into one big room without designating areas. This is where zoning can help. This simply means creating 'rooms' within the space. Through selective placement of furniture, you can suggest zones. For example, if you live in a studio you can suggest a bedroom by placing a large rug that will act as a boundary - so that everything within the rug is within the bedroom area. You can even add a screen, bookshelf, or curtain to separate even more. 

This person cleverly used wallpaper and an open shelving unit to zone a bedroom space.

This person cleverly used wallpaper and an open shelving unit to zone a bedroom space.

 

 

Mount things

If you lack square footage an easy way to compensate is by putting things on the walls! Walls aren’t just for artwork! You can mount shelves next to your couch or bed as a side table alternative, leaving space underneath for something else. Attach a fold out desk to the wall to save space when you’re not using it. Other items that can be mounted: lights, plants, mirrors, even storage baskets!

This person created a hanging garden wall, by hanging tools and plants to a wire grid.

This person created a hanging garden wall, by hanging tools and plants to a wire grid.

 

 

Become a minimalist

If you are moving from a larger apartment to smaller one this is a good step. Before the move consider what items are essential and extremely functional. Bring those first. Add in a small amount of decorative (non functional pieces) and either get rid of the stuff you don’t use or put it into storage! Not only will this save space, your apartment will look cleaner and uncluttered.

This apartment is minimal and functional - yet super stylish!

This apartment is minimal and functional - yet super stylish!

 

 

Use multi-functional items

No space for a bed and a dresser? Buy a bed with built in drawers! Not enough room for a guest room? But a side chair that unfolds into a daybed. Need seating and side tables? Get a pouf with a removable tray! Bonus point if it has storage inside!

This bed features a built in drawer underneath

This bed features a built in drawer underneath

 

 

Micro living can be fun! Use these easy tips and maximize your space! And hey, next time you feel sad about your small apartment, just think - you could live in a hallway like this guy.

Somewhere out here in NYC, someone is happily living in a hallway. 

Somewhere out here in NYC, someone is happily living in a hallway.