Downsizing to a condo after living in a full single-family home can be difficult, especially if you’re used to taking advantage of the extra space a home has to offer. However, there are a plethora of ways to maximize the efficiency of a condo space (even in a small condo) without overcrowding or giving it that “empty” feeling.
One of the most important factors to remember when downsizing to a condo is how much the amount of storage space available will decrease. The best way to overcome this is to take advantage of any wall or corner space you have available. Investing in stackable crates or wall shelves is a great way to store any extra belongings you have without encroaching on any livable space. In addition, you can arrange decorative crates and shelves to reach as tall as the ceiling, making it a great way to store your things without it being a huge eyesore for yourself or guests.
The furniture you pick to go into your condo also has a large effect on the amount of space that you end up taking up. When it comes to dining tables, stick to those with a round shape. Square or rectangular table often take up more space, and can be difficult to navigate around if you have limited room. Circular tables, on the other hand, can easily be moved to a corner if you ever need to make more space, and tend to be easier to add more seating to if you have extra guests. Also consider glass tables or furnishings; the illusion of clear surfaces makes it appear like there’s more room than there really is. A large mirror is a great way to make a room seem bigger.
It’s also important to make every space you have in your new condo multi-functional if possible. For example, a counter in the kitchen could double as a prep station and a dining bar. An extra bedroom can double as a guest room and an office. Your furniture can work the same way; a table could double as a desk as long as it has the right features. An ottoman can have a storage space underneath.