• Thursday Tip-Off: Making the Most of Small Spaces

    Our Thursday Tip-Off series is a weekly set of tips, suggestions, and tricks for making you a better-informed person. You're welcome.

    This month, we're all about small spaces, whether they're tiny apartments, pint-sized homes, or even nothing more than a decked-out van. (So no over-sized mansions for us, thanks.) Read on for a few of our favorite tips and tricks we've picked up over the years to help maximize our space!

    If you have a studio apartment and would rather divide the room into two different spaces, you can either use a tapestry or a square, see-through bookshelf (i.e. one with no back) to create a fake wall. Using a bookshelf to divide the room has the added incentive of giving you bonus storage! Just make sure to use light colors for each because using dark colors gives the illusion of a smaller space. (But if you have a super teeny room, sometimes painting one wall a darker color - think gray - and leaving the other three walls white helps to create the illusion of a bigger space!)

    For making a workspace in a room that may not have enough room for a full desk, one solution is to simply hang a low, flat shelf about waist height and create your own desk. Using a folding chair to sit at will also help maximize space, because when it's not in use, you can always tuck it away.

    For extra book storage with little floor space for a bookshelf, build shelves into the walls above your bed (or couch) and store books above and around. Just make sure the shelves are properly anchored (and that you're not hanging shelves in drywall) - we don't want anyone having an avalanche of books fall on them in the middle of the night.

    If you're running out of storage space in your bedroom, there are plenty of cheap bedframe options that have drawers built into the bottom, as well as inexpensive loft beds that allow for a couch or desk underneath. We love loft beds for exactly this reason (plus, they're super cute). Decorate the area with plants and colorful bedding to help keep your bedroom from looking like a dorm room.

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