8 DIY tips to maximize your condo space

Living in a small space doesn't mean it has to feel cramped

Making the most out of a small space can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re making the move from a home to a condo. From multi-purpose furniture to cleanliness, it can sometimes seem like there are so many space hacks that it’s tough to know where to get started.

Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of eight of the best tricks for maximizing your condo space. Check out these clever tips that are sure to make your home feel bigger than it actually is.

Paint it white

Since the colour white reflects the most light, painting a room white makes it brighter as a whole, which not only allows furniture and accessories to stand out but makes the room feel more open and airy. Essentially, light colours maximize the effect created by natural light in a room, whereas dark colours absorb light, making a space feel smaller.

Use full size furniture, but don’t go overboard

It may seem counterintuitive to use full size furniture in a small space, but small furniture can actually make a room look smaller. A better approach is to have less furniture that is a regular size to keep the space open while using larger pieces to hide things you don’t want to be seen like cables.

Put some artwork above eye level

Placing some artwork above eye level forces a visitor to look up to enjoy the painting or image, which makes it appear as though the ceilings are higher. While it is important to have some pieces above eye level, walls should be left with some open space as well to make the room feel open, yet still homey.

Choose furniture that serves multiple purposes

If you can find furniture that serves multiple purposes, you can have less pieces in your place that actually do more things. Daybeds or futons are a great way to have a couch in a living room that also doubles as a guest bed. You can find some creative accent pieces as well like a combined bench and coat rack or desks that fold out from a wall.

Stay tidy

The smaller the space, the quicker it clutters and the more noticeable that mess is. A smaller condo is all about optimizing space, and if that space is messy it feels cramped and restrictive. Keeping a space neat and tidy by making sure everything in a room has a spot will ensure that a condo feels more open and airy.

Get some mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors give the illusion of a larger space. If you use a focal point in a room and angle your mirrors toward it, it will give the room a sense of depth by reflecting natural and artificial light to once again make a room feel brighter. Also, by bouncing light deep into the room, it makes the room appear larger than it actually is.

Get creative with storage

One of the most important parts of optimizing a small space is ensuring that every thing in your condo has a place. This means you will probably have to get a bit creative with storage. The best way to do that is by getting pieces of furniture that can also be used to store things like ottomans, lift top tables, and beds with a storage headboard or drawers underneath.

Go for mid-century modern vibes

Mid-century modern furniture is great for small spaces because it’s influenced by Scandinavian design, which is all about simplicity and natural shapes. A lot of pieces influenced by this period are elevated on peg legs or use glass to give the illusion of space and continuity.