Tiny Apartment Finds That Are Basically Genius
Outsmart your square footage.
Published Dec 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Whether you’re living in a small space by choice or not, cramped habitats usually come with a very specific set of problems. Not only does your living area have to serve multiple functions (hello, dining table/work desk), but tiny apartments can often be awkwardly shaped. A tight space paired with an equally tight budget means that you might not be able to live out your Pinterest-fueled dream-home aspirations just yet, but don’t let a lack of square footage prevent you from trying. Form and function are not mutually exclusive in small spaces, and we’ve got the products to prove it.
Between solutions for shared bathrooms and fixes for an overflowing kitchen pantry problem, these pieces will help you make the most of any space. Even if you’re not living in a truly tiny home, we’re sure you’ll find something to make your life a little easier.
To Make Sharing a Bathroom Manageable
A slim rolling cart with racks for towels is just what you need. It’s a great alternative to a mounted wall unit or over-the-toilet shelving situation—plus, it has enough space for both you and a roommate to keep your beauty essentials within easy reach.
To Take the Place of a Nightstand
Bring the best of Scandinavian simplicity home with a mini wall table. It has more than enough room for an alarm clock and your go-to sleep aids; it’s also the perfect perch for design-forward products that are too pretty to hide, like essential oils or your favorite candle.
To Get Your Cooking Tools in Order
If you have high enough ceilings, you can clear some serious cabinet real estate with a hanging pot rack. The stainless steel and iron structure looks like something you might find in a French countryside villa, and if it helps infuse some extra charm into your sixth-floor walkup, so be it.
To Help You Get Out the Door
Prop up this little mirror next to your front door so you can check your teeth for lipstick and grab your go-to scarf in one easy step.
To Make Meal Prepping a Cinch
Instead of corralling all manners of ladles and whisks in one clunky countertop vessel, hang them up so you can pick what you need out of the lineup quickly and get back to your stove-top pasta.
To Create Counter Space Where There Is None
Don’t let a small kitchen crush your dreams of becoming the next Ina Garten. A storage-friendly cart is all you need for an extra prep area. When you’re not using it to get ready for all the dinner parties you’re undoubtedly hosting, you can just roll it out of the way.
To Add Visual Interest Sans Artwork
Not every apartment has enough space for an entire gallery wall. Enter this sculptural gold hanging planter, which is great for displaying a new green friend or adding a decorative finishing touch to any room.
To Facilitate Netflix Binges
You may not have the requisite square footage for the plush sofa of your dreams, but this stylish mid-century number is definitely tiny-apartment approved (it even comes in an easy-to-transport box, so you don’t have to worry about Tetris-ing it through tight hallways).
To Give Your Orphaned Knickknacks a Home
A freestanding bookshelf is useful in every room of the house, and if it’s got great bones, all the better. In the kitchen, use it in lieu of wall-mounted shelving to make up for minimal cupboard space. In the living room, it’s the perfect venue to display books and assorted tchotchkes. In a bedroom, use it as an extension of your dresser to store your favorite folded bulky sweaters and colorful garments.
To Anchor Your Tiny Bedroom
Just because your room is small, it doesn’t mean you are doomed to spend the rest of your days in a twin bed. (Shudder!) The key is finding an option with some built-in storage. This industrial-style piece comes with two large under-the-bed drawers where you can keep your out-of-season clothes.
To Brighten Up a Dark Room
No space for a side table and a lamp? Get yourself a light fixture that can do both. As a bonus, this one even has a USB stick so you can charge your phone without having to worry about tracking down the one outlet in your room.
To Make Up for Your Lack of Food Storage Space
A mobile storage-and-counter space—especially in a fun, retro shade—fits neatly in any corner. And in the absence of a formal pantry, you can store dry goods in it.
To Pull Together Your Living Room
This sleek black piece is perfect for a minimalist sensibility and won’t make an already small room feel even more cramped. Plus, the C-silhouette allows for a bin or basket underneath—and when you live in a tiny home, it’s all about finding sneaky storage.
To Encourage Plant Parents
Don’t worry: You don’t need to sacrifice your budding green thumb (pun intended) for your apartment. This stand allows you to keep a variety of greenery and even works outside if you want to spruce up your balcony.
To Make Working From Home Without an Office Doable
This wall-mounted leaning desk is less clunky than a traditional one, plus it includes extra shelves for storage. It’s ideal if you work from home a lot but don’t have the space for a home office, as you can hang this on any empty wall. Pair with a foldable chair for maximum space efficiency.
To Help You Get Ready in the Morning
Ideal for an entryway or bedroom, this leaning mirror-ladder combo serves as a catchall for your stuff as you head out in the morning.
To Accommodate Your Love of Print
We know a lot about storing (and hoarding) magazines and are deeply in love with this side table as a solution to housing a collection. It hardly takes up any space, which makes it an easy living room accent.
To Make the Most of an Underused Space
No room for a bedside lamp? An on-trend brass plug-in sconce is a natural solution. It brings a little hotel room flair to your space while freeing up any surface near your bed for books or other nighttime essentials.