How to Furnish a Small Apartment with Furniture

November 13, 2020

You’ve signed the lease, paid the deposit, and collected the keys to your new apartment. Now what? The next logical step is to furnish your apartment, right? Well, that’s always easier said than done. Shopping around for furniture that would maximize your apartment’s square footage can be a bit overwhelming. After all, you have to make sure that the furniture you pick is the right size so every piece fits together nicely.

If you’re not sure where to start, we got you covered! Here are some interior design basics to keep in mind when furnishing your new home.

Set a budget

The very first question you should ask yourself is “how much am I willing to spend?” Setting a budget allows you to look for furniture that not only looks good but also makes financial sense. The last thing you want is to have unrealistic expectations beyond what you can afford.

Use your corners wisely

Filling an empty corner in your small apartment can transform what looks like a neglected space into an otherwise useful spot. For instance, you can add a stylish cabinet that could add storage space into an awkward empty corner in your apartment. With some creativity, you can make your apartment feel more sophisticated and complete even with limited room.

Keep multifunctional furniture in mind

The biggest dilemma when it comes to designing small apartments is that it’s difficult to plan the purpose of a particular section. This is where multifunctional furniture comes in. Multifunctional furniture is an all-encompassing terminology used to describe pieces that have multiple purposes. Some common examples are shelves that double as a dining table, beds that can be pushed up and turned into a workspace, and ottomans that can provide additional seating and extra storage space. These furniture pieces can help maximize your apartment’s already tight square footage while also providing functionality and value.

Consider a minimalist aesthetic

When it comes to decorating a small apartment, less is definitely more. While we understand that minimalism does not apply to everyone, it’s worth considering given how restricted your space is. Minimalist design refers to having the bare essentials that provide simplicity without compromising the functionality and value of each individual piece. This means that you don’t have to fill every nook and cranny inside your apartment as minimalist design is all about having less clutter and more space. However, note that a minimalist aesthetic may be a bit difficult to conceptualize as everything from design, form, and materials should be taken into account.

Key takeaway: Function over form

You may have heard about the saying “form follows function” before and, when it comes to furnishing small areas, it just doesn’t apply. Since elbow room is limited in regular apartments, considering function over form and making the most out of your furniture is important. By no means is this a comprehensive guide on how to furnish your small apartment but it’s a great place to start. Do you have any other tips on how to consider furniture for your apartment? Let us know in the comments below!

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