How to Get the Most Out of Your Rental Apartment

In every living space, clutter accumulates quite fast. Shoes multiply, purchases mount and clothes pile up. In a large house, these new items can be stored away unnoticed. But in an apartment, they can quickly consume the limited storage space available. Before you know it, your house is filled with things you don’t need. So, how do you make good use of space? Here are six simple examples of how to get the most out of your rental apartment.


1. Make Use of Vertical Space

Do you have a tiny space above your door? How about some extra storage room on top of your dresser? Can you fit a shelf or two at the top of your closet? There’s almost always vertical space you can take advantage of in your small apartment.

You can even install some wall hooks. And, of course, storage isn’t the only thing that can go vertical. If you love exploring your DIY spirit, consider adding a loft bed near the ceiling while taking advantage of the space below for your seats.


organized closet in an apartment
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2. Use Room Dividers

Room dividers are the magical antidotes to tiny apartment conundrums thanks to their ability to create entirely new rooms out of thin air. And they can be manipulated to take a variety of shapes in an endless array of materials depending on your style and preference. For example, pairing large curtains with beautiful plants is a sure-fire way of separating space in a way that looks functional and stylish. You can also consider using a bookshelf, so you can create a partition that not only divides space but also helps tame clutter.


apartment office with bookshelf room divider
© Maegan Tintari

3. Declutter Your Apartment

Yes, yes we know you’re already tired of hearing this. But it’s honestly one of the best ways to maximize your living space in a smaller apartment. The first thing you should learn is how to let go of stuff you don’t need. Instead of holding on to everything and even bringing in more stuff, consider asking yourself one question every time you want to buy something “do I really need it?”


organized apartment bedroom

4. Maximize Light

Natural light makes any space feel more airy and open, so make sure you maximize the amount of light that gets into your apartment. If you’re going to use dividers to create partitions inside the room, make sure to use one that will still allow light. Shelves and bright curtains can easily divide the bedroom from the living room while letting in light over the entire space. 


Bedroom with white walls, a small desk, computer and a black chair by a window

5. Use Mirrors

Mirrors are handy when it comes to transforming the look of a tiny apartment. The more reflective surfaces you have in your room, the larger the room will appear. Investing in some gorgeous mirrors minimizes the compact vibe and creates the illusion of more space.


Mirror hanging in a living room with light gray walls

6. Put Everything in Order

Arranging all your stuff smartly will save you a great deal of time when it comes to keeping things neat and chic. You can fit several items in a tiny room if you organize them in a thoughtful and pristine way.


apartment kitchen with light green walls and white appliances

The Big Takeaway

Whether you live in a small rental apartment or want to make the most of your studio apartment, these design ideas can help you maximize space. If you want more ideas, get in touch with us at Marcotte Properties via phone at 800-538-1724 or through our website’s contact page today. 

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