• Such an exciting time for you and your child when they move into their first apartment. Most young adults have to be cognizant of space.  The first apartment, especially apartments in a city, tend to be limited in square footage, not quite as bad as a college dorm, but still, space is a premium. Follow these first apartment decorating ideas to help your son or daughter get settled in and comfortable in their new living space.

    Both of us have children moving into their first apartment, and as designers, we helped them make the right decisions regarding scale of furniture and the lack of storage.  A good plan prior to the move will really help streamline the process.

    Storage is the number one problem in a small space. We have some first apartment decorating ideas to help you get creative in limited space.  First, always use the area under a bed for your out-of-season clothes.  I am considering Pottery Barn’s, Raleigh Camelback Tall Storage Bed for my daughter.  It is a a beautiful bed with four deep drawers for storage (see below).  If budget is a concern, then check out Ikea’s Brimnes bed.  It also has four deep storage drawers. 

    Next, think about using your wall space for storage and for showing off a little of your personality.  Use organizers and shelving to make use of all the apartment’s space. Back-of-the-door shoe-hangers offer pockets that can be used to hold anything from cleaning products to extra snacks. Lining shelves with small baskets creates a uniform look while hiding any clutter from view.  Add shelves to the back of your cabinets. Just like with the storage under a bed, get ottomans or tables with storage capacity so you’ll end up with a dual purpose for each.

    Lastly, I’m making sure my daughter has closet organizers to receive the most impact in any size closet. Add an extender rod to the closet and double the space. Also, use hooks for practically anything from jewelry, purses, coats, hats and clothes.  You can store your suitcases above your closet door (see below).

    Keeping the paint colors light, scaling the furniture properly and using mirrors will help give the smaller apartment a bigger feel.

    Both Susan and I have really enjoyed helping our young adults make that first huge step on their own.  We’re so proud of them.