Living in a small apartment is all about making smart use of space, organization and multi-purpose furniture. A tiny apartment will put your space management skills to test, which is why we have here 12 great DIY furniture ideas to get more use out of less space!
1.The Slim Console
Who doesn’t like the idea of a lovely console entry table? We all do, but what can we do when our entryway has no space to fit one? We come up with a smart, efficient idea that takes less space, yet offers the same function and aesthetics element! Build your own skinny console that is nothing more than a narrow ledge created out of a few boards, and give it a grand look by adding bulky dining table legs from an old table that’s ready to throw out.
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Or, buy an old second hand circular table at a thrift store, and saw off half of the table to create a slim console. Paint in a pretty colour, and anchor it to the wall with easy-to-install brackets. Your slim console is ready!
2.The Sofa Arm Tray
This simple project is ideal for those who have no space to put up end tables. If your couch is rather large and you need a perch that offers enough room for your cup of evening coffee, this simple tray can be made with nothing but blocks of hardwood board, furniture glue, and some dark wood polish to finish.
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Want to take it a step further? Try this awesome sofa arm perch tray that also offers extra space to keep magazines handy, despite the slim space-saving design!
3.Skinny Display Rack
Whether you want to display your dishes and platters to integrate them with your décor, or simply want to display your book collection, these are two of the top DIY slim, space-saving display ideas. Use up space between two doors to hang up rails along the wall, a thin rail over a thick bottom rail (this one flushed to the wall) and create a DIY display rack.
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Or, get creative, and use wall moulding to prop up books, photo frames and more! They can be cut to any length and installed easily, plus they are narrow enough to store knick knacks without the need for a bulky bookrack or display cabinet.
4.Sneak In Extra Counter Space
In a small space, every extra inch of counter space matters, right? So if your kitchen is so tiny that the ugly trash can sits out in the open, build a super slim free standing pull out cabinet and install the trash can on the door. This keeps trash out of sight, plus it gives you a little extra counter space in the kitchen.
On the other hand, if the bulky couch makes it impossible for you to put up any side tables or display unit in the living area, use wooden boards to create a sleek table that goes behind the couch to sneak in some extra surface space that doubles up as drink perch plus display plus storage area. Voila!
5.Wall Art Doubles Up As Pull Down Table
This is a rather clever idea, perfect for teeny tiny apartments. Create a cosy breakfast counter or a handy workspace with a piece of wall art, simply by altering the frame. It could be a table that folds up and fits into the wall to become a grand mirror.
Or, convert a favourite wall painting into a foldable table by re-creating the frame.
6.Get Smart Storage
Need a nightstand but simply have no space? A store bought corbel that can be fitted into the wall will easily double up as a teeny-tiny floating night stand that barely takes any space!
And the final multi-use smart storage option --- the ottoman cum coffee table cum book rack! This versatile piece is rather easy to make with the right components. Use a pre-built wooden crate as the base, as it already has partitions. Paint it a pretty colour, and install a cushion seat on top.
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