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17 simple tips to make the most of your small apartment
Turn your tiny studio into a palace.

SO YOU’RE ALL set in your tiny apartment for the new college or working year. But, you’d have more space in a toilet cubicle.

Here’s how to make what you’ve got, stretch.

1. Hang up your bike

No garden area or hall to leave your bike, but afraid it’ll be nicked on the road? Don’t let it clog up your living room, hang it up on some wall mounts.

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2. Put your bed on some stilts

Buy a set of bed risers like this lot from Amazon, and you can slide a bunch of storage boxes under there.

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3. Use shelves as a headboard

If you’re stuck with built-in bookshelves, prop your bed against it and hide any dodgy stuff on the covered shelves. Look at all the floor space, so much room for activities.

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4. Hang things up on pipes

Don’t have manky exposed pipes in your flat? Lucky you! Fake it, using this deadly tutorial.

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5. Use corners for extra hanging space

Corners are a waste of space. Use them for wardrobe overflow, or em, brollies, with the Corner Cloakroom.

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6. Hang hangers on hangers

Double up on each hanger.

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You can even use the ring pull from a can to achieve the same effect.

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7. Invest in an fold-up desk

Think, IKEA’s laptop station. Fold it up when you don’t need it, open it up when you do (the night before your deadline).

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8. Use your desk as a locker

Why have both? Especially if your room is basically the size of your parent’s kitchen table.

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9. Or just ditch the desk altogether and buy a laptop stand that can double as a locker

You study in bed anyway, be practical.

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10. Use a pegboard to hang pots and pans

More press space for junk food and clunky cereal boxes!

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11. Don’t dismiss under the sink

You might shove your bin in there, but you could be doing so much more. Hang towels on hooks on the door and cleaning fluids on a carefully propped stick.


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12. Magnetic fridge racks save you space in the press

Tiger sell little plastic baskets for super cheap, just super-glue some magnets to ‘em and you’re sorted.

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13. Get an over-the-sink cutting board

Find a cutting board that fits into your sink and voila, instant extended workspace.

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14. Make sure your chairs are stackable

IKEA fold up table too if you wanna go all out. Can also drag to your bedroom for a desk, if needs be.

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15. Put shelves in your presses

You can buy specially crafted shelves for your cupboards, OR, go all ghetto and use cooling racks.

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16. Stick up a magnetic rack

Never lose your nail scissors or little brown clips again.

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17. Make a magnet board for your makeup

THE HOLY GRAIL. Here’s the tutorial.

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