Size Doesn’t Have To Matter

How to make do with a small living space and an even smaller budget

Dorm room

Whether you’re in a university dorm, or you’re moving into your first, rather *small* apartment, space can feel like a luxury you can’t afford. Here are some tips and tricks to optimize your living area without breaking the bank.

This is probably the most important way to maximize space, so deciding how you store your things is essential. One of the ways you can do this is by utilizing hidden crevices like under your bed. We suggest using flat rolling drawers for storage. That way, they are easily accessible, but also out of the way. Another helpful way to store your things is to do so vertically. There is often extra space above or on top of furniture to keep smaller items. Not to mention, storing things higher up makes a room appear taller. Buy here

Multi-Purpose FurnitureMulti-purpose desk
Sometimes you have a lot of furniture pieces that you want in your room, but not enough places to put them. The best way to deal with that is by using your furniture for my than one purpose. An example of this can be using your desk as a work table, a makeup table, or simply a place to watch movies on your computer. We suggest a low desk that can fit in the corner of a room. Buy here


BedYour Bed
Sure we all want a nice, large bed, but how necessary is it actually? If you are looking to create space, your bed is the easiest thing to manage. While a queen is nice, a stuffy room is not. Opt for a twin or a single instead, and your claustrophobia will thank you. Buy here

Mirrors are a great idea for a small room because they create the illusion that there is more space than there actually is. We recommend pinning them to your walls in order to optimize the area. Buy here

One Season At A Time
Clutter can be frustrating, but it can be so much worse in a small room. Try storing one season at a time, so that you aren’t overwhelmed by all of your things. For example, when it’s winter, try and find an alternative room to store shorts, bathing suits or anything else that would go untouched during that season. If you’re in a dorm, try keeping those things at home until you need them again.

Closet Space
Designing your closet is just as important as anything else in your room. Whether or not you choose to take advantage of that, is completely up to you. We recommend buying closet dividers or hanging shelves to keep everything tightly packed, and as organized as possible. Buy here

Paint Your WallsBedroom in a student apartment
If you’re someone who finds peace in the colour black, believe me I feel you. However when it comes to your room, calm and even-toned colours are the best way to make a small space feel bigger. Buy here

Edit and Evolve
After spending some time in your room, you will realize what works and what doesn’t. Don’t be against change because you will find that editing and adjusting will help to create the best living environment for you.