Decorating any home is a hassle but having to decorate a small apartment all the while keeping it chic and practical comes with its own set of challenges. When it comes to storage, it may seem impossible to find the right balance between style and functionality, which is why most people struggle with the thought of maximizing their available space. However, with a touch of creativity, you’ll find out that even small spaces hold a ton of smart storage ideas.

Ease your way into the decorating process by considering the following tips on how to create stylish storage spaces in a small apartment:

1. Put Your Bed to Use

The go-to idea that most people turn to when they’re in need of additional space is under-the-bed storage. However, this can easily turn into a chaotic mess if you don’t do it in a smart and organized way. Luckily, there are plenty of options crafted specifically to store your items safely and neatly under the bed. You can purchase a couple of pull-out drawers or you can allocate some time to a DIY project and create some customizable containers yourself. If you want to keep things even more simple and efficient, invest directly in a higher bed frame with built-in storage underneath.

2. Add Floating Shelves

This is an idea that always saves the day, because wall-mounted shelves can go pretty much anywhere. As long as you don’t overcrowd your walls, you can add extra shelves in the kitchen and put some nice-looking mugs on display. Or you could put some up in the living room for those ornaments and candles that you could never find a home for, or perhaps in the bedroom, where they could show off some perfectly folded clothes. Make sure the shelves are securely fixed and use your imagination to make the most of those empty walls.

3. Get a Multi-Functioning Coffee Table

The living room can become extremely disorganized, even if it’s the center of a home. This room tends to be a magnet for half-read magazines, remotes and all sorts of hardly used but much-needed items, until it’s overflowing with clutter. However, you must have heard of hiding in plain sight, which is what table-top storage is for. Even the smallest of coffee tables can be made into a super-effective storage solution to help with the small, extra stuff in your home.

4. Invest in Ottomans

Another solution to store the extra items floating around your house that never seem to have a proper place is to purchase a good storage ottoman. This double-duty beauty will not only have a practical function by keeping the clutter out of sight, but it will warm up the aesthetics of your home and increase the comfort at the same time. Don’t hesitate to get a big and cozy one that will match the rest of your furniture and make it the centerpiece of your living room!

5. Turn Art into Storage

One last beautiful combination of style and function is turning wall prints into storage. You can hang your precious jewelry on a beautiful matching canvas, which will not only keep them tangle-free, but will also not take up any of the much-needed surface. You can either buy them ready-made or you can add some DIY magic for a more satisfying outcome. Either way, you’ll save space and beautify your home with this simple idea.

Renting a smaller apartment doesn’t mean you have to be limited in your design choices, it just means that you have to be creative and use your imagination to enhance your personal style while staying practical. A small space can easily go from monotonous to exquisite with just a couple of small changes and additions.

For the extra stuff that you want to store until you’re ready to put to better use, browse through the listings on STORAGECafé  and find your ideal storage space.


Diandra is a creative writer for RENTCafé.com. With an academic background in English literature and linguistics, Diandra has a strong passion for real estate. She covers a variety of topics, from marketing trends to entertaining articles about urban development. When she’s not catching up on the latest real estate deals, she’s usually busy traveling, reading, or learning new languages. You can get in touch with Diandra via email.

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