Toronto apartment living can be tough. For one thing, you’re confined to a pretty tight space most of the time (thanks a lot, insane Toronto rental economy…) and landlord rules restrict how much painting and remodelling is allowed. Still, we renters have the right to a home that feels big and livable, and to help with that, we’ve created this list of 13 useful hacks to keep small apartments organized and decorated to seem larger.
- Install a floating desk – it takes up less floor space than a traditional desk.
- Or, install a desk in your closet. Here’s how.
- Get (or make) an ottoman/chest for your living room that doubles as storage.
- Instead of buying a bedframe, score pallets and stack them as a DIY bed frame. Use the space in the pallets as storage.
- Skip the side table in your living room, opt for a sofa “arm table“.
- Stick some velcro to your coffee table or side table to organize TV remotes.
- Store light stuff like rolls of wrapping paper in the ceiling of closets using wire or tension rods.
- Shower curtain rings are perfect for hanging several baseball caps, scarves and tank tops from one hanger.
- Install a magazine holder on the inside of your bathroom cabinet door to store your hair dryer, flat iron and other appliances.
- Wine racks aren’t just for wine. Mount them to the wall to organize clutches or store rolled towels.
- Decorate with light colours – light colours make spaces seem bigger.
- Invest in good lighting, for the same reason as #11.
- De-clutter. Stuff has a way of making even the biggest space feel small. Keep it sleek.
Here’s some more tips for your apartment:
- How to make your apartment feel bigger
- Want a tidier Toronto apartment? Here’s how to get it.
- How to live in a Toronto studio/bachelor apartment without going crazy