Decor Tips

Room for One: Optimizing Space In A One-Person Apartment

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Setting up a home for one can seem a daunting task, especially if you’re just finding your way around a new city. From the essentials like a mattress to add-ons such as cushions and curtains, there are many boxes you will have to tick before you can actually put your feet up.

But it doesn’t have to be complicated, and it will certainly be worth it when you return to a warm and welcoming space at the end of a long day. Read our guide on swift set-ups, décor don’ts, space saving and emphasizing your house’s plus points.

Design upward, not sideways

If your humble abode is a bit too humble in square footage, look to optimize space by thinking vertically, covering up wall space instead of floor space. For example, picking taller shelves with more levels instead of lower wide cabinets. We recommend this shelf for rent, which is just 3×1.25 feet in base area.

Maximize storage

Small homes can get cluttered easily. So make enough storage room to keep it need and tidy by furnishing with pieces that are raised off the ground, allowing you to store boxes or crates under. A bed like this platform bed to rent is perfect to keep extra linen or towels underneath, giving you more closet space.  

Create a curtain illusion

To emphasize the height of your room, place floor length curtains on a rod above the window, closer to the ceiling. The equivalent of wearing vertical stripes, this trick won’t make your room look slim but will lend visual length, making the ceilings appear higher.

Less (furniture) is more

Think about what your space really needs and choose furniture to compliment it. Often, this means picking out sleek pieces over bulky ones. Or furniture that doubles up – like these sofa beds for rent or this compact end table that can double as a stool or footrest.

Don’t commit
Buying furniture is neither a great choice for your budget nor your convenience. You don’t want to spend days shopping, hours installing and thousands of dollars on stuff that may not suit your apartment, or you might have to get rid of when you move. Renting is easy – free delivery, installation, and easy pickups. If you don’t like it, you can choose another and there’s no chance of buyer’s remorse. Check out our home sets for rent, easy packages for smooth, easy furnishing.

Get your bed to the wall
If you don’t have enough space for a couch, place your bed lengthwise against the wall so that you can prop some big cushions against it and use it as seating.

Lighter colors let light in
Choose lighter shades when filling in your interior space – lighter fabrics and materials reflect more light and give the whole room an airier, more open appearance. For example, this beautiful bed for rent has a subtle color that will not crowd the room and blends into any decor.

But bright colors work too

 to lend character and cheer to the room. A bright rented chair , statement lamp or cozy rug are simple ways to enhance your space without breaking the bank.

Setting up home doesn’t have to be a task you dread. Avoid the most common mistake of buying furniture – it’s a waste of time, resources and money – and outsource the effort by renting. After that, it’s smooth sailing – add in some awesome accessories, follow some simple design rules and enjoy your sweet new home.

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