3 Home Deco Steps to Furnish Your Apartment
– Step 1: Define your needs
– Step 2: Furnish the apartment room by room
– Step 3: Optimize the space and create the living areas
Finally, you have your apartment! It’s exactly the way you wanted it, and you’re planning to move in quickly. However, the pleasure of moving in should not make you forget the constraints of the layout. Indeed, in a rush, there is a high risk of making purchases that you may regret.
This post explains how to furnish your apartment.
1. Define your needs
First of all, you must define your real needs by making a list of everything you already own as to furniture. Don’t worry about accessories for the moment.
– Do you need everything in the new apartment, what are you missing, and what are your priorities?
– Make a precise measurement of each room and draw a sketch, not forgetting to note the doors and windows.
– Measure the furniture you already have and keep and make sure you can fit it in your new home.
– Sell or donate anything you don’t keep before the move, and always keep a tape measure, paper, and pencil in your pocket if you have any purchases to make.
– Take the time to live in your new home for a while to make it your own before buying accessories; the beautiful lamp you saw in the store may not be as beautiful at home.
2. Furnish the apartment room by room
Of course, it’s all about space, but no matter how much square footage you have, each room requires a minimum of furniture to provide the necessary comfort. Let’s look at it room by room.
In the living/dining room
The living room/dining room will generally accommodate :
– a sofa, convertible or not, which allows you to entertain, as well as an armchair or a footstool;
– a coffee table if space allows it or a modular table for the meal and the lounge;
– a table with extensions to make a real dining area if you have a little more space;
– a few chairs, some of which can be folded and stored in a closet;
– a long, low piece of furniture can be used to store the family’s needs (technology, dishes, table linens…).
In the kitchen or meal preparation area
– In the kitchen, priority is given to storage: tall furniture, low furniture, on legs for easy cleaning, shelves, hooks…
– If you don’t have a work surface, you can easily make a folding table with a strip on the wall, a shelf, and hinges, which can also be used for breakfast.
– Check if you have room for a dishwasher or even a washing machine and if they should be built-in or not.
– Measure the space for the refrigerator.
– The microwave can be placed on a dedicated shelf with a bar underneath where you can hang utensils.
In the bedroom
– The priority is the bed: nowadays, we know that a good night’s sleep requires not only good bedding but also a large bed, so do not hesitate, take a queen-size (160 × 200 cm) even if the room is small.
– Take the legs of the bed as long as possible so that you can slide underneath boxes with built-in wheels for seasonal linen storage.
– If there is no closet in the room, avoid large cabinets. Make a box to make a sliding closet or buy or make a dressing room from shelves and a closet that a large curtain will protect from dust and view.
– Light is essential, so provide a ceiling light and two accent lamps on bedside tables or placed in the headboard with built-in storage.
In the bathroom
Generally, bathrooms are equipped, just like the kitchen, but this is not always the case. As for space, it is often more the pocket-handkerchief than the spa, so priority to storage and functionality:
– the column cabinet, always very practical and saves space;
– the cupboard with a lighted mirror and a shelf underneath to free up the sink space;
– under the sink, the integrated cabinet with a towel rack;
– and possibly a clothes dryer above the bathtub, fixed to the ceiling, which will be discreet.
– Cucina Design in Montréal can help you out.
3. Optimize the space and create the living areas
Once all the basic furniture is listed, you need to optimize the space and define the different living areas so that the overall vision is coherent. This is partly the role of accessories. Here are some rules of thumb.
– It is preferable to have several light points distributed wisely rather than a single central point, such as a ceiling light. The latter is helpful for the passage, while the others are used to create the atmosphere.
– You will place the ceiling light above the dining table with, if possible, a lamp on a stand or a console nearby.
– You will place the mood lamps in the living room. There should be at least two, one of which can be placed in front of a mirror to accentuate the effect.
– When the dining area and the living room area in the same space, the ceiling lamp allows you to delimit the two zones at a glance.
The office area
– The location of the office can quickly become a headache in small spaces. Therefore, you can arrange a cupboard to have everything at hand without anything lying around because, let’s not forget, clutter is the enemy of small spaces!
– If you cannot place a desk cabinet, you can still install shelves, one of which can be folded down, and place a few racks to store equipment and use a folding chair (there are some very comfortable ones available today).
– There are other solutions such as the wall-mounted secretary, which is very compact, the secretary’s desk, which you can place easily in an entrance hall, or the small console with its stool that slides underneath.