How to Maximize Space in a Small Apartment

Posted by Cathy Alberich on


If you're living in a small apartment, you know how challenging it can be to make the most of your space. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks and tips you can use to maximize every inch of your home. With a little creativity, you can turn it into a comfortable and functional living space. Here are a few ideas for getting started!


The bedroom is one of the most essential rooms in your apartment; it's where you sleep, relax and recharge. Here are some tips to maximize the space in your bedroom:

Choose the right bed: When selecting a bed, consider a platform bed with built-in storage or a bed frame with drawers. This will provide extra storage without sacrificing space. Items can also be stored in boxes or baskets that fit neatly underneath it to store out-of-season clothing, bedding, or shoes.

Use vertical space: Consider hanging shelves or installing bookcases on the wall to create additional storage space. Wall-mounted bedside tables or floating shelves can also be effective ways to increase storage without taking up floor space.

Keep it light: Use lighter hues like white, light grey and ivory to multiply light and make the space feel bigger.  

Use Every Inch of Closet Space 

Closets are a prime source of storage in most apartments, but they can also be a source of frustration if they're disorganized. To make the most of your closet space, try these ideas:

Use hanging organizers: Hanging organizers are a great way to store shoes, accessories, and even folded clothes. They take up minimal space and can be hung from a closet rod or a hook on the wall.

Add extra shelving: If your closet doesn't have enough shelf space, consider adding your own. Use stackable shelves or install floating shelves to make room for folded clothes, purses, and other small items.

Double up on hangers: Instead of using a single hanger for each item of clothing, try using cascading hangers or S-shaped hangers to save room.

No closet? No problem. Here are 2 options:


  1. An 'open concept' closet won't require doors, only a wall to mount it will do. 
  2. A built-in closet unit with drawers and doors. These units can also be mounted on a wall without the need of a designated space, a custom closet company like CosyCloset can design and install them for you. 

Add a Wall Bed for Extra Sleeping Space

If you're short on bedrooms, a wall bed can be a lifesaver, giving you extra floor space during the day. Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering a foldaway bed:

Look for a comfortable mattress: Just like a regular bed, a wall bed needs a comfortable mattress. Make sure you test the mattress before making a purchase.

Consider installing it yourself: If you're handy, you can save money by installing your wall bed. Request a consultation here to get the materials and instructions delivered to your door within Canada. 

Living Room

In your living room, you want to create a comfortable and inviting space for relaxing and entertaining guests. Here are some tips to maximize the space:

Choose multi-functional furniture: Select furniture that has extra storage or can serve multiple purposes. A coffee table with built-in storage, a sofa bed, or an ottoman that doubles as a storage container are all great options.

Install built ins and shelves: The ultimate space savers for any room. 


Mount your TV: Mounting your TV on the wall frees up valuable cabinet or shelf space and keeps your living room looking neat and uncluttered.

Use mirrors: Mirrors can make small spaces appear larger and brighter. Hang a large mirror on one of the walls to create the illusion of additional space.


Make Use of Cabinets and Cupboards: Cabinets and cupboards are another key storage solution in most apartments. To maximize your cabinet space, try these tips:

Use risers: If you're short on cabinet space, use wire or acrylic risers to add an extra layer of storage. You can find these handy gadgets at most home goods stores.

Try a Lazy Susan: A Lazy Susan is an easy way to access items at the back of a deep cabinet.

Use the inside of cabinet doors: The inside of cabinet doors can be a great place to store small items like cutting boards, measuring cups, or cleaning supplies. Install a few hooks or adhesive organizers to make the most of this space.


The bathroom is typically the smallest room in your apartment, so it's crucial to make every inch count. Here are some tips to maximize the space in your bathroom:

Install shelves and cabinets: Consider adding a medicine cabinet or installing floating shelves for additional storage space.


Utilize the space: Add pull out racks under the sink. 


Use the back of the door: Over-the-door organizers can be incredibly useful in the bathroom. They can store everything from hair products to towels, freeing up valuable counter and cabinet space.

Keep it organized: Sort through your bathroom items and donate or discard what you no longer need. Use drawer dividers to make the most of the space in your drawers and cabinets.

With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can turn your small apartment into a comfortable and organized living space. Try these tips and see how much extra room you can create!

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