8 Must Have Items for A Small Condo
Guest Blog by Lisa Atwell
Alt: a modern minimalist small condo, symbolizing must-have items for a small condo
If you happen to be moving from a house to a condo, you will probably have to adjust to having a smaller amount of space where you can place all of the household items that you hold so dear. This kind of adjustment can be tricky to handle, especially if you are not willing or used to downsizing your personal belongings. Luckily, a few must-have items for a small condo can help you make use of the space available to you prudently and efficiently.
Most condo owners have to compromise when it comes to their property's location and size. Buying a smaller condo at a better location is sometimes a prudent decision, even despite the fact your living space might be limited when it comes to the placement of furniture, decoration, and other items that make up a home.
Nevertheless, the amount of free space you have in the condo should in no way be a deal-breaker if everything else works for you since there are a few nifty and affordable items that will radically improve the organization of your living space. Let’s take a look at what they are.
1. A Convertible Sofa Bed
If you are in the midst of designing the interior of your home, it makes sense first to figure out if you can somehow swap larger pieces of furniture for its less clunky counterparts. This is where a convertible sofa or any other type of convertible bed might solve most of your interior design issues.
Convertible sofa beds have garnered a bad reputation for being uncomfortable, unseemly, and even annoying over the years (i.e., coming home late from work only to deal with an old
convertible sofa bed is the definition of drag). As a result, some people flinch at the thought of having these beds in their homes.
However, the furniture industry has vastly improved the design and mechanisms that constitute these types of beds, making them great, stylish, and most importantly, still comfortable substitutes for your traditional double bed.
2. A Murphy Bed
On the other hand, since you are looking to make the most out of your space, you might want to consider placing a Murphy bed that incorporates storage space or shelves into one of your rooms. In this way, you will solve two issues at once - you will have more free space, which a bed would otherwise occupy, and more storage space for books and other items.
3. A Shoe Rack
It is only when you move into your condo that you will realize just how many pairs of shoes you own. It is rather inconvenient to downsize on your shoes, especially if you are a sneaker or high-heels aficionado. Also, even if you have a small walk-in closet or some other type of storage in your condo, such as basement storage space, you might find it frustrating to have to rummage through your shoe collection to find the pair that you feel like wearing that day.
If you have no other choice but to store your shoes in a storage unit, keeping a tidy unit is an absolute must, be it in a basement, cellar, or a safe storage unit outside your home. With a precise organization of your storage spaces, you will be able to locate the items that you need to move to your condo in the shortest amount of time.
If you still prefer to keep all or most of your shoes somewhere inside the condo, this is where a well-organized shoe rack might come to your rescue! Based on the space available, you can go for a wooden slide-open option or a less stylish but equally functional shoe rack placed at the back of a door.
In fact, there are a variety of shoe racks you can choose from based on their size, material, appearance, etc. Choose one that makes sense for your condo's color scheme and organization.
A shoe rack will free up space in your hallway and allow you to reach your favorite pairs easily.
Alt: a wood shoe rack with two pairs of sneakers
4. Magnetic Knife Wall Rack
A magnetic knife wall rack is the must-have item for a small condo as it saves not only kitchen space but also a lot of time when you are in the midst of a cooking session! It also saves a lot of drawer space for other cooking utensils.
Furthermore, having your collection of cooking knives out on display is another way you can make use of this storage-saving item since it is a practical and stylish decorative item at the same time.
5. TV Wall Mounts
Speaking of wall racks, mounting your television on the wall allows you to free up space in your living room, bedroom, or kitchen. This way, you automatically do not need to incorporate a separate furniture piece to place your TV on it.
Additionally, you will be able to watch TV from a more enjoyable angle. TV wall mounts come in various lengths and forms, which makes it easy for you to move or skew your TV any way you like.
6. A Mounted Table
Another way to save space is to incorporate a wood table that can serve three purposes at once. So, when placed right, your mounted table can 'multitask' as a desk, a dining table, and a vanity, making it one of the must-have items for a small condo. In addition, the metal brackets used to hold the table will add a minimalist, industrial vibe to your place.
A mounted table is a great way to save space in your kitchen or living room and is one of the must-have items for a small condo.
Alt: a mounted brown wood table in a modern kitchen
7. Over-the-sink Cutting Board
Unfortunately for people who enjoy cooking, small condos rarely have large kitchens. As a result, a cutting board you can place over the sink can create an additional kitchen surface you can use to prepare your food. Having an over-the-sink cutting board allows you to place your kitchen appliances in the designated areas without compromising your cooking habits.
8. A storage ottoman
Another way you can save a significant amount of space is to place a storage ottoman that can serve various purposes at once. So, you can use storage ottomans to store your clothing or bedding and when you need extra sitting space.
An ottoman can be used for storage and sitting simultaneously.
Alt: a small round ottoman in a white stylish living room
Since ottomans are sturdy enough to wihstand an adult's weight, especially if they are full of clothing or other items for support, this truly makes them one of the must-have items for a small condo!
Lisa Atwell is an interior designer with a penchant for incorporating minimalist solutions for organizing living space. She draws inspiration from Japanese and Norwegian architectural styles, given that their primary theoretical tenet is to maintain the integrity of the space at all costs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she occasionally practices the art of growing bonsai trees.
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