5 Design Tips for Space-Efficient Apartment Living

When you choose an apartment with a smaller floorplan, leveraging every inch of space is key. Luckily there are tons of tricks designers use to get the most out of any room. Maximize your apartment’s space, whether small or large, with these tips for comfortable living in any floor plan.

Utilize Vertical Storage


Vertical storage, like shelves, can hold cookware, small appliances, books, and decorative items without taking up precious floor space. In the kitchen, hang pots and pans on a pot rack, and in the living area, use the shelves to display art pieces or family photos. You can find a ton of different options for your apartment directly on Amazon.

Invest in Multi-Functional Furniture

Invest in multi-functional furniture–it can work wonders. Choose a dining table with collapsible sides or extension leaves that you can tuck away when not in use. Look for a sofa bed or a sleeper sofa that can serve as a comfortable seating area during the day and a cozy bed for guests at night. Try a coffee table with storage underneath or nesting tables that you can stack together, as they are also excellent space-saving choices. Many of our floor plans at Crest come with multifunctional islands in the kitchens which go a long way for added storage, check out what we have available here.

Create Visual Separation

Create visual separation between the kitchen and living area to give the illusion of multiple spaces. Use area rugs to define each space and add texture and warmth. Position furniture strategically to act as a natural divider, such as placing a bookshelf or a low console table between the kitchen and living room. Utilize different lighting styles, like pendant lights for the kitchen and floor lamps for the living area, to visually distinguish the two spaces.

Harness the Power of Freestanding Storage

If you can’t install cabinets or open shelving, consider incorporating freestanding storage solutions in your kitchen. Freestanding carts with shelves and drawers can provide additional storage for your cookware and utensils. These versatile pieces can be easily moved around, making them perfect for small kitchens where space optimization is essential. Additionally, you can use standalone bookshelves or storage bins in the living area for items like books, décor, and entertainment devices. This brings both functionality and style to your space. Choose freestanding storage options that complement your overall design theme and provide an organized and clutter-free environment.

Use Mirrors to Create Illusion

Mirrors are a powerful tool for creating an illusion of more space. Place a large mirror on a wall in the living area to reflect natural light and make the room feel larger. In an open plan living and kitchen space, try angling the mirror toward the kitchen, which not only adds a stylish touch but also makes the area seem more expansive. Additionally, mirrors can make the apartment feel brighter and more inviting.

Whether you choose to live in one of Crest’s studio, one, or two-bedroom apartments, these tips will help you make the most of the space! Designing an efficient apartment kitchen and living space without removing walls or installing cabinets requires creative thinking and resourcefulness. Transform your apartment into a beautiful, practical, and inviting home with vertical storage, multi-functional furniture, visual separation, freestanding storage, and strategically placed mirrors.

Embrace these tips for maximizing your space, ensuring comfort and style for years to come, regardless of its size. Happy decorating!