New York City Small Space: Decorating an Apartment for Big Living

Living in New York City is a very exciting experience and decorating an apartment can be fun. In exchange for being in the center of the world’s culture and action means many times accepting a smaller living space for your money.

Living in New York City is a very exciting experience and decorating an apartment can be fun. In exchange for being in the center of the world’s culture and action means many times accepting a smaller living space for your money. Optimize your living quarters by decorating the New York City apartment to use every valuable square inch to its fullest and most beautiful. Here are some great tips for decorating the smaller living space to turn it into a dream abode.

Make a Plan of Action

Before moving in and getting overwhelmed not knowing where, or how to fit your furnishings and needs, you can measure the space and draw up a floor plan. When decorating an apartment this is the perfect tool to start with.

  • A floor plan will allow you to understand exactly where you can place furnishings and what size furniture will fit perfectly into your apartment.


Reach For the Heights

So maybe the square footage might be on the smaller side, but often New York City apartments offer higher than the common eight-foot-high ceilings. Using the tall walls can be valuable when decorating a small apartment for bigger living.

  • Loft beds are not just for children. Grownup-style lofts come in full and queen size and provide addition square footage below for a sitting area or office space.
  • Install shelving and, or, cabinets directly below the ceiling for storing items that you might not need every day. Seasonal clothing, dishes, and extra blankets can neatly reside high above without taking up much needed floor space.


Use Multi-Purpose Furniture

From flip out beds to modular furnishings there are many options to furnish a small space. Decorating an apartment that is on the smaller side can be fun using furnishing that can turn a room from a comfortable sleeping quarters into a grand entertainment space. Using multi-use furnishings to decorate can make it seem like you have much larger living quarters.

  • Beds can flip up into a wall unit complete with a sofa or table built in to use during daytime hours.
  • Modular furniture pieces are made to fit together like a puzzle piece and can be pulled out as needed for, sleeping, working, and entertaining.
  • Beds are made that can be lifted to specifically hide storage below.

Decorating an apartment that is on the small side can be a challenge. Remember to keep the apartment clean and well organized. Use every nook and cranny to store items. Brooms and mops can be hidden next to the refrigerator. Place shelving over the toilet for towels and linens. Over the door hooks can hang everything from coats to towels and jewelry.

Although you may not have the biggest of spaces to call home, you can still make it beautiful. Many people dream of living in New York City. Know that you have the advantage of walking out the door to the excitement of the city that never sleeps.

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Carol Ruth Weber writes on interests relevant to today's dwellers in society from decor to health, beauty and fashion as well as green living and DIY. Carol began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. Along the way Carol honed her skills as both an Interior Designer and Life Designer.Carol has been taken into service by individuals and businesses to assist clients with the daily battles to find enough time in every day to do all that is needed to do in order to enjoy their life and to be happy with their surroundings providing subjects for her many published pieces. Carol is known for her thoughtful and insightful views as well as being an on-air expert for eHow and SFGate.Read Carol's many articles focusing on Decorating, Fashion, Beauty, Art, Pets, Lifestyle and General News published on Examiner.com. Her talented approach to life through writing can also be seen on statewide CBSlocal.com sites as well as for a number of other publications including Yahoo and Care.com. Enjoy following Carol's blog for her insightful look at the world. Carol's mission through her writing is to dance people towards results to achieve peace in their surroundings! Carol Ruth Weber may be contacted at weberlifedesign.com.

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