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11 Stylish ideas to optimize space in your Paris apartment
At some point in our lives, everyone lives in a small and challenging space. So how do you make the best use of the space without neglecting style? According to the interio r designers at international firm Décor Aid, these handy hacks may work to your advantage.
From tiered coffee tables and consoles to units that have concealed storage via drawers or cabinet doors, it’s great to have extra space underneath surfaces to show off cherished finds or to store what you don’t always need out.
A BED WITH STORAGE UNDERNEATH
By having storage compartments or baskets stowed underneath your bed you’ll be able to keep your bedroom tidy on a regular basis by using that dead space under your bed to your advantage. This way everything will have a dedicated spot so you’ll know exactly what’s under there without second-guessing.
From stylishly updated convertible sleeper sofas to investment pieces that recline or retract with ease, there’s scores of brilliantly design convertible furnishings to consider for your home that do double-duty.
MOVEABLE NESTING TABLES
Use slim and sleek nesting tables to your advantage since they are small in scale and easy to move around when needed. Even better if you opt for glass-topped nesting tables and glass tops throughout in general. By doing so, you’ll keep your small apartment feeling light and airy so the eye can keep moving.
VINTAGE STORAGE TRUNKS
When it comes to ultra-chic trunks that’ll double as storage, who could say no to an iconic one from the likes of Louis Vuitton or Hermes? But since they can cost a small fortune and can at times be delicate due to their age, store items in a brushed stainless steel storage trunk that’ll stand up to everyday wear and tear better while getting the job done and giving you extra surface space.
A HANDY WHEELED TROLLY
In small spaces anything on wheels is a handy addition and when it comes to entertaining, a cart on casters can work as a buffet or bar cart for treating guests that you can easily move out of the way.
SMART OTTOMAN STORAGE
Just because you’re looking for storage pieces for a small home doesn’t mean that they’ll go to waste when you move into a larger space. Which is what makes clever ottomans with built-in storage so appealing. Source one in a classic fabrication and you’ll be able to stylishly stow cherished items to keep them out of sight while adding extra seating – a win win of sorts!
SMALL SPACE ARCHITECTURAL IDEAS
Sure, you’ve got a rental to take on, and sometimes you can only do so much without going through a drastic overhaul. But that doesn’t mean that these indulgent ideas aren’t worth considering, as they are definitely worth the investment.
ABOVE THE DOOR SHELVING
In small spaces you should always take dead wall space into consideration, especially the area above doors. A smart shelf installed above your doors will help create more storage space for things like linens and towels that you don’t always need out.
SMART POCKET DOORS
One of the most common wastes of space in small apartments comes from the use of doors being opened and closed. And instead of dealing with that day in and day out, it’ll pay to look out for apartments and spaces that boast convenient pocket doors to save valuable floor space and to keep traffic flow breezy. In fact, it’s a shame that most developers don’t take pocket doors into account when designing a new building.
As you can imagine, when it comes to mastering a small space, it takes some creativity, and some hefty intuition to perfect it. And if you’ve got the budget, why not increase the functionality of your home with custom features that are movable so you can take them with you to your next rental? Take the handy breakfast nook featured above, for instance. To save space, the extended leaf boasts a base that swings closed to create what’s an otherwise standard, sleek alcove that’s flush with the walls around it. Think custom built-ins that boast ample concealed storage to make the most of any space.
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