If you live or are moving to the Seattle area, you might have noticed apartment sizes getting smaller and smaller! According to Multifamily Executive, as of 2013, the average apartment size today is 982 square feet. Along the West Coast in places like Seattle, Washington, apartment sizes are shrinking. If that sounds like the type of space you have, it’s important to maximize every square foot to the best of your ability.
Here are 5 ways you can get the most out of your tiny space in Seattle:
Put Your Pantry on Display
If you don’t have the space to create a traditional pantry, go for a more utilitarian shelving system. Industrial or rustic open shelving with metal or wicker baskets as storage is a great way to keep your space open and also add plenty of storage. Keep all your dry goods hidden with baskets to keep that space looking chic and organized.
Go Crazy with Room Dividers
One of the best ways to maximize a small space is by adding room dividers. When it comes to this, the taller the better! You can go with traditional dividers that stand up from the ground or you could try hanging a curtain from the ceiling. Dividing the room partially can give extra privacy and also multi-functional. Consider this creative idea: a white curtain divider that also functions as a projector screen!
Create an Office Nook
Rather than using your kitchen table as your office space, look for any unused corner or “in-between” area that you could retrofit a small desk. Another great place for an office is surprisingly under the stairs. That space is often underutilized, if at all.
Use Tall Window Treatments
The easiest way to make your ceilings look higher is to trick the eye with extra tall curtains. If you hang the curtain rod about 2 inches below the crown molding (rather than lower on the wall where they really are) and about 4 inches wider than the window, it will make the room appear much larger and allow for maximum light.
Invest in Multi-Functional Furniture
Instead of just placing a mattress and box spring on the floor, find a bed with storage drawers underneath and a functional bookshelf as the headboard. If you’re more of a DIY person, you might be interested in building it yourself. Using pallets is a cheap and viable option for a project like this. Another multi-functional piece is a sofa bed or stylish futon couch which can be used to make your home available to guests.
If you live in the Seattle area and are planning a move soon, consider using On the Go Moving and Storage to help you pack your belongings and get them to your new space safely and securely. If you’re like many people in the area who are downsizing and moving to a smaller space, we also have climate controlled storage vaults where you can keep your extra belongings for as long as you need. fill out our form for more information today.