Rational storage of things in a small apartment
Reasonable organization of space is one of the key points in the development of interior design for any home. But if we are talking about a small apartment, this issue becomes almost decisive. The modern layout of apartments implies a fairly large entrance hall, but also in many old apartments where the entrance hall is very small. We will look at both options, which share one key point; any storage systems should not become the dominant focus of the entire interior.
There are several solutions:
“masking” under the walls (the color of the walls should overlap with the color of the furniture),
decoration, visually turning the storage system into an element of decoration,
“covering” the front part with mirrors, which will visually enlarge the room,
design of storage systems with sandblasted glass, which visually facilitates the design.
Otherwise, a small apartment will turn into a kind of storage for clothes and household items, and not into a cozy and comfortable home.
What is the advantage of a large hallway? A long corridor (entrance hall) is extremely convenient in terms of rational storage of things: its deaf part can be turned into a compact storage system by making a built-in wardrobe up to the ceiling. In a small hallway, making such a closet is problematic.
Closet as a storage system
Before you allocate space in the hallway under the closet, you need to decide what kind of things you will store there. This will help calculate its usable area. It is most rational to make a closet, which will allow, if necessary, to place in front of the closet, for example, a shoe cabinet or a soft bench.
It is convenient to organize a small corner with an open hanger and a shelf for shoes – this will unload the main closet and there will be a place to place clothes and shoes for guests. In a small hallway, it is reasonable to use the entrance area.
If it is supposed to store clothes and shoes for different seasons in one closet, you need to divide it into compartments. To store household items, separate compartments and shelves are needed.
Organization of useful cabinet space
Since outerwear has different lengths, compartments with hangers need to be made in different heights. When calculating the length of the rods, it is advisable to add 10-20% to the clothes needed for hanging already existing clothes.
Under the ceiling, it is better to make shelves for storing travel bags and things that you rarely use.
It is most convenient to store shoes in special organizers or in identical boxes, which are signed for convenience in order to know which pair of shoes is in a particular box.
Is a chest of drawers really necessary?
The traditional purpose of a chest of drawers is to store bed linen, tights, socks and underwear. Since the task is to minimize the number of storage systems in a small apartment, you must first of all abandon the chest of drawers in the bedroom. Open shelves are ideal for storing a bed in a closet, and drawers for underwear / socks / tights – drawers that should be placed in a convenient area. Above can be shelves for clothes, and below – for shoes.
Storage of large items
In the closet you need to take a place to store a folding dryer and ironing board. If the area of the hallway allows, it may be most convenient to iron things near the closet – this will save time and energy for carrying them.
It is necessary to allocate a compartment for storing sports equipment, tools, Christmas toys and an artificial Christmas tree.
It is also necessary to allocate space for storing a mop, bucket, vacuum cleaner (a robot vacuum cleaner is very beneficial in terms of storage).
ironing board in the closet photo
A carefully thought-out and corrected list of necessary household items and household chemicals will minimize the number of boxes for their storage. If the area of the bathroom allows, then it would be ideal to store these items in a closet in the bathroom.
Perfect order in the bathroom
A serious problem in small apartments is a place to dry clothes. It is convenient to dry small items on the ceiling dryer located in the bathroom. For large items, it is better to use a floor folding dryer. The basket for storing dirty laundry should be hidden if possible.
bathroom organization photo
If the area does not allow, it should be decorated by making it a kind of art object of the bathroom. The pencil case in the bathroom does not take up much space, but acts as a place to store bed linen or cleaning supplies. Under the sink, it is desirable to make a box for storing household chemicals, and hang a mirror cabinet above it, which will perform a dual function:
serve as a storage
play the role of a wall mirror
If you increase the window sill, and organize a soft zone near the window, you can get additional space for storing books or dishes.
With a low window sill and a large window size, a more radical option is possible: expand the window sill and lay pillows on it, thereby organizing another seating area.