50 Ideas To Make Your Tiny Apartment So Next Level

Making the most of tight quarters can be tricky. You're most likely renting, you're probably tapped out by an exhausting job that pays your exorbitant rent, and you're definitely sharing your space with anywhere from one to three people — because who has their own place in the city? Never fear: We've rounded up 50 (yes, 5-0) simple and effective small-space ideas that will make your space feel bigger, brighter, and better than before.

Because city living is stressful, and decorating is not top-of-mind for most people. But you're special, and you want to live like a princess — or maybe Audrey Hepburn, or at least you want to live somewhere marginally more spacious than North West's baby Birkin storage closet. We're right there with you.

Click through and let us know in the comments: What small-space decorating ideas have you used at home, and how did they work out?
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Your bedroom can be your living room (and vice versa).
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A slim étagère with a small footprint proves bold style can fit in tight quarters.
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Three words: Bud. Vases. Everywhere.
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Trays are your best friend.
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A slim corner calls for tiny cube shelving.
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Limited closet space is easily fixed with DIY pipe-and-flange shelving.
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A lucite table, glass vase, and mirror make for a winning, eye-opening trifecta.
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A mood board taped to the wall can make the most out of weird corners.
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Look at all the stuff you can fit on a wall!
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A long dining table easily doubles as desk space.
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Use two cocktail tables in the living room instead of one, to open up the space.
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A bent-wire table base increases your perception of open space, regardless of how much you really have.
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The same idea applies to your seating.
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Alternatively, a glass-topped table with wooden chairs still allows for a visually expansive room. (Next-level tip: Paint the chairs!)
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Is your dining space little more than an alcove? Double it (visually) with a smartly placed mirror; then, add a super-slim profile table with tools that tuck neatly underneath.
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Like we said: Use big-ass mirrors.
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A ladder works as shelving — or a spot to hang decorative textiles, or your next outfit, or a magazine you're currently reading.
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Hang a chair from the ceiling. (First, check with your landlord.)
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Make your weirdest belongings a focal point. Disembodied hands and doll heads can look cool and collected atop a dresser or even on your desk — better than stuffed in a drawer somewhere.
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Use decorative items in surprising ways. This cloche pretty much never needs to be stashed away — use it to cover crystals, candles, or plants.
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Bunk your bed.
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Shelves, shelves, shelves. Oh, and boxes.
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Even better: Shelves that slide out of cupboards.
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An artfully-arranged closet can be a thing of beauty.
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Vintage storage cabinets can stash extra cups and plates that don't fit in your tiny kitchen.
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Shelves backed with mirrors reflect light and make your room appear larger.
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Every entryway should have one of these.
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Turn a non-working fireplace into a work of art.
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Store extra pillows (to use as floor cushions or on your sofa) and textiles underneath a console in your entryway.
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Use a nightstand to store your books when a shelf isn't within reach.
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Feel free to use bold patterns and loud colors in a windowless bathroom or powder room.
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Take your decor to the ceiling and embrace pattern, color, and art. Sometimes, more really is merrier.
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Squeeze a table and folding chairs in next to your bookcase for a dining nook that delivers on style and smarts.
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You need more trays — and a basket or two.
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Wall planters offer all the benefits of a regular planter, but on your wall.
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Or, turn your desk into an indoor garden.
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Renters and the commitment-averse can get the "accent wall" effect with color-blocked shelving cubbies.
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Store your knives and other kitchen utensils off the countertop with magnetized-edge open shelving.
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Add pattern in unexpected places to personalize your space — and minimize the amount of re-painting you'll have to do when you move out.
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Tiny chairs are an absolute must.
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Tidy stacks of books are A-okay.
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Don't be afraid to place your bed in front of a window and use your radiator as a bedside table.
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Use a deep window ledge as extra storage.
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Or, use every shelf and ledge for storage.
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Put your dining table smack-dab in the middle of your mixed-use living space.
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Embrace storing and stacking low to the floor.
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No art to hang and no room for it, anyway? Put your jewelry on display with a slim, wall-mounted case.
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Overhead lighting in a rented space can be tricky — it's not like any of us are looking to rewire a bunch of fixtures, ugly as they may be. Instead, hang lightweight decorative elements like paper cranes.
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If your bed is tucked neatly away in a cramped corner, consider playing up the height of your space with a four-poster bed. Take it one step further by hanging decorative elements from above.
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Last, but not least, remind yourself of some important home truths.