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16 Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget

Updated on April 6, 2016

Trying to create more space in a small pad is always a big challenge - so here's some of my fave ideas that will help you big time!


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Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

1. Easy Storage For Pot Lids

Store your lids on cabinet doors and rack your pots more easily by using hooks and racks on the inside of your cupboard doors.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

2. Bath Toy Storage

Prevent all those toys taking over your bathroom with these genius storage buckets which are deep enough to store loads of rubber ducks, boats and any other toys your kids love playing with.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

3. Mirror Subway Tiles

Using mirrored tiles is a really funky way of creating more “visual space” in your kitchen or bathroom - it may be a little expensive but really works in small dark kitchens.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

4. DIY Headboard Storage

Easily store your books, personal items and knick-knacks with craftily placed shelves at the back of your headboard.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

5. DIY Jewelry Organizer

Give your jewelry some air with cheap IKEA Bygel Rails, that are so, so simple to hang and incredibly generous as to the amount of necklaces, bracelets they can store!

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget

6. DIY Makeup Organizer

Make cosmetics easily accessible with this awesome storage idea that uses cheap tiny magnets attached to each make up item - and the make up board has a thing steel panel.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

7. Floor to Ceiling Shelves

Maximize your space with high shelving that goes from floor to ceiling - and works even better if you've got really high ceilings! Just make sure to keep a stool nearby for easy access.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

8. Fold Up Bed

"Murphy Beds" provide ample room for office or indeed more living space during the day.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

9. Magnetic Strip for Bathroom Accessories

Keep track of nail clippers, scissors, file, tweezers, metal manicure sets – and within easy reach.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

10. Over the Toilet Storage

This versatile Over the Toilet space saver adds extra storage in your bathroom for linens, accessories and toiletries.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

11. Recycled Lathe Room Divider

Make really amazing room dividers from salvaged wood materials which you could easily find by rummaging through nearby skips (where theres some building work going on).

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

12. Repurpose Ikea Bookshelf as Bed Frame

Here's a brilliant Ikea hack for storing tonnes of your stuff under your mattress. It's surprisingly easy to put together and would be great for studio apartments.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

13. Slider Storage Next to Fridge

Learn how to hack the wasted inches between your wall and fridge for extra storage - especially good for frequently used items like ketchup, mayonnaise etc.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

14. Tension Rods

These can be used in the most awkward spaces to create awesome shoe storage!

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

15. Use a Shoe Organizer as a Medicine Cabinet

Really simple way to keep all your cosmetics, medicine and knick knacks organized. Just follow the tutorial for a really easy guide how to make it.

Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget
Small Apartment Decorating Ideas on a Budget | Source

16. Use Magnetic Spice Racks on Your Refrigerator

A refrigerator is the perfect place to store frequently used spices - and is a great way to make the most of all that 'dead space' on the side of your fridge!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Have been looking at Murphy-style beds and had not seen this one. Some of these other ideas are also new to me--thanks.

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      bookerboy 2 years ago from Ireland

      Yeh really love that idea too - thanks :)

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      Meggan Dunn 2 years ago from Winnie, TX

      The beside the fridge organization is awesome!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Clever ideas! Voted up!

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      cjjfj 22 months ago

      Heidi's

    • Elexis Steele profile image

      Elexis Steele 22 months ago

      Interesting.

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      Kathryn 19 months ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us, and have a great weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Pam L 12 months ago

      Where can I find #10??

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      Carol Morris 11 months ago

      You have some good ideas here, thanks for sharing! It's not always easy living in a small space.

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