See how other people have dealt with the tiny room problem.
1. Instead of a bedside table, opt for ladder-like shelving.
2. Hang wall sconces above your bed when you have no space for a lamp on your beside table.
And, if two sconces seem like too much in your tiny bedroom, opt for just one, like in this Manhattan maximalist home from Lonny.
3. Co-opt your couch as a footboard for your bed and divider between your sleeping and living areas.
In this Washington, D.C. studio, both the rug and the couch serve as visual indicators of where one living space begins and the other ends.
4. And try to keep your couch on the smaller side.
I know, ugh, it’s so hard not to go big or go home on this one, since you spend so much time Netflix-ing here. But maybe this Washington, D.C., makeover will inspire you.
5. Embrace controlled clutter by covering a wall floor-to-ceiling with shelving and coordinated bins.
The consistent red bins across the top help make this small space look more intentional. Plus, it’s like a mini version of a dream library. See more photos of this Brooklyn apartment here.
6. Use a chef’s cart to double the counter and storage space in your itty-bitty kitchen.
7. If your space is slightly less tiny, use a long and narrow butcher block that doubles as counter space and dinner party table.
See more of this Brooklyn space here.
8. Install a kitchen rail system and use it for whatever extra storage you need the most.
9. Hang your pots and pans overhead on a sturdy rack to free up cabinet space for other necessary things.
10. Take two narrow tables and two benches (or four stools) and use them as convertible desks slash a dinner table.
11. Fill any awkward spaces with extra storage space.
Just make sure it’s nice and secure, so your cookbooks don’t collapse on the open flames. Check out this 500-square-foot San Francisco apartment here.
12. See every spot as a stylish storage opportunity — even the top of your toilet tank.
This backyard cottage in Dallas uses it for a plant and a couple of decorative bottles, but you could use it for more practical things, like mouthwash and lotion.
If you’re worried about the tray sliding off the top of your tank, secure it with a couple of removable adhesive strips like these, $2.88.
13. Skip a visually intrusive television in favor of a small projector you can connect to your computer.
And remember, your apartment doesn’t have to be perfect to be a home!