Urban Home Design: Making the most of your urban space
Every city dweller knows the struggle of working everything into the small space of your apartment. It’s hard to keep your place looking good and practical. Here are some of our Urban Home Design tips to help you figure out how.
Sofa Beds Are an Urban Home Design Staple
This one is pretty obvious but especially helpful for studio apartments. If your bedroom and living room are the same space, it can put a dampener on having guests over. A bed that folds into a sofa makes the space look like a decent living area. There is also evidence that spending a lot of time in a bedroom when not sleeping conditions people to find it more difficult to sleep, changing the layout of the room undercuts this effect.
Projectors take up less space than TVs
TVs are definitely the hardest piece of furniture when it comes to urban home design. Getting a small tv will fit a small space but can kind of defeat the purpose. Projectors are probably the best way to solve the problem. They can easily be cornered away on a bookcase, shelf or anywhere else. Not needing a tv stand either means you’re also getting rid of a piece of furniture that needs to be decorated. The downside is you’ll need wired or bluetooth speakers to sit in front of wherever you’re projecting your image. Even then, you can still keep the price under what a tv would cost while also getting small enough speakers.
Mirrors can save the smallest rooms
While they won’t necessarily help you save space, mirrors have two important uses if your place has lot square footage. First, a decent sized mirror will make a small area seem much bigger. Dropping one in behind another, smaller piece of furniture gives the suggestion of more space in the room. Doing this cuts off the bottom edge of the mirror, leaving it to your imagination rather than allowing you to see where the mirror ends.
Secondly, lacing a mirror angled across from a window can also add natural light to darker areas which you can’t replicate with artificial lights.
Also, placing plants near a large mirror gives the impression of more greenery without taking up as much space.
These pieces are made specifically for small, urban apartments. Tables or chairs that slot together when you aren’t using them are the perfect balance of style and function. There’s enough choice out there to get sets with small or large numbers of pieces depending on how many people you’ll be catering to. The most useful pieces in this style are the ones that can be used as a single piece of furniture when folded away.
Ottomans are great multi use furniture. If your living space lacks the room for a coffee table, a relatively flat ottoman can fill the gap. Finding one that has space for storage inside is most important. Store games, books, dvds if you want to keep your walls empty of shelves. Keep blankets and pillows there if you’re working with a sofa bed and you’ll have everything near at hand when you need it.
These are some of our urban home design tips to help make the most of your space. What works for you? Let us know in the comments.