The disparity between the size of an NYC apartment and its price tag can be pretty shocking for first time renters. While it’s obvious that there isn’t much bang for your buck in the Big Apple, the demand for these shoebox-sized apartments seems to reach new astronomical heights with each passing day. Many people ask…Why?

This quandary hearkens upon the old adage of location, location, location. Living in New York City guarantees access to one of the world’s great meccas of…everything.

On the one hand, with such immediate proximity to fashion, culture, art, world-class food, commerce, architecture, diplomacy, science, technology, nature, etc., there are bound to be more reasons to be outdoors than cooped up in your “charming” little apartment. At the same time, however, this constant and endless influx of inspiration and culture gives New Yorkers a sense of creativity that ultimately comes to life in their individual living spaces.

Instead of letting tiny spaces get them down, many New Yorkers practice creative and efficient designs to make the absolute most out of their homes. Here are few example of the innovative ways New Yorkers have maximized their small living space.

Two in One?

With spaces so small, New Yorkers need to think about getting the most out of the furniture and appliances they do buy. Which means dual purposed furniture is a necessity.

Items such as transformative furniture and storage beds make a big impact in spatial management. While its initial purpose may be for sleeping on or lounging on, storage beds and transformative furniture can hold anything from clothing to heavy objects. Thereby the need for accessories such as cupboards or other storage containers can be decreased! Take a look at our Super Small Spaces Collection for more inspiration to maximize your space!

Making the Most of Your New York Space  - NYC Small Apartment
photo by Decoist

Size Matters

When you have so little space, you need to account for every inch or centimeter. Does the apartment actually need a 64-inch couch that takes up half the apartment? Probably not. Think cleverly and do some careful planning. Don’t be overzealous with items that are unnecessary; keep it simple and keep it clean; the end result will always be better and appear larger!

Making the Most of Your New York Space  - Eclectic NYC Apartment
photo by Style Home Park

Vertical Advantage

Shelves are an effective way to not only create more space for storage but it also creates the appearance of higher walls. Use your height when measuring shelf heights. The end result will give you more crucial space and seemingly taller apartment appearance.

Making the Most of Your New York Space  - NYC Studio Apartment
photo by Fieldstone Hill Design

This post is contributed from our friends at TripleMint. TripleMint is a full-service real-estate brokerage that combines technology, teamwork and personalized service. Its advanced, easy-to-use platform pools listings and updates continuously, allowing its users to see everything NYC brokers see. Maybe more. 

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