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Clever tips for compact living in small properties

Welcome to our guide on making the most of small living spaces—a must-read for homeowners and renters alike! In the competitive real estate market of Estonia, where space comes at a premium, it’s essential to make every square meter count. Living in a small space has its challenges, but with the right tips & strategies from our real estate agents, you can create a functional home that maximizes space without losing comfort. So whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or simply improve your current living situation, let’s dive in to help you get the most out of your property.


  1. Innovative furniture

When space is limited, furniture needs to do more than one job. For example, sofa beds are perfect- they offer seating during the day and transform into a bed at night. This effectively doubles up on functionality. Investing in versatile furniture for your house or apartment is key for maximizing the potential of your property and creating a comfortable home environment.

Storage ottomans are another gem. They’re not just for resting your feet; they hide blankets and magazines too. And have you heard of extendable dining tables? They’re compact for everyday use but can expand when guests come over.

But here’s the real game-changer: murphy beds. Also called wall beds, they fold up against the wall when not in use, saving tons of floor space. Some even have shelves or desks built-in, making them even more versatile. Isn’t it amazing how you can bring added value to your real estate with these clever furniture choices?


  1. Vertical storage

Maximize your vertical space by choosing tall storage options. Consider floor-to-ceiling options which not only provide ample storage for books and decor but also draw the eye upward, making your space feel larger and more open. This is especially beneficial in apartments and studio apartments where there’s limited space per square metre. Additionally, floating shelves are super easy to install and perfect for showing off photos, artwork, or greenery, adding personality and charm to the property. And let’s not forget corner shelves. This often-overlooked area can be used to store various items making you get the most out of your real estate.


  1. Modular Storage

Storage solutions in modern real estate know no bounds. They come in various forms. Now, modular storage systems are like building blocks for organizing your home. These systems are made up of individual pieces that you can mix and match to fit your needs. For example, you can stack shelves, drawers, and cabinets to create custom storage solutions in any room. The best part? You can easily rearrange them whenever you want to change things up! They’re a smart way to make the most of your home while keeping things tidy.

  1. Multi-functional kitchen appliances

When it comes to small kitchens, go for slimline fridges and stackable washer-dryer combos. Multi-function appliances are also key. For example, combo microwave-convection ovens can bake, roast, and microwave, saving space and energy. Another option is a toaster oven with air frying, so you can toast, bake, and air fry with just one appliance. These appliances streamline your kitchen setup and make it easier to prepare meals without feeling overcrowded in the property.


  1. Other small kitchen tips

Maximize counter space in compact kitchens by using an over-the-sink cutting board. They are designed to fit over the sink, providing a stable surface for food prep while freeing up valuable counter space for other tasks, especially ideal for studio apartments. Magnetic Knife Strip: Install a magnetic knife strip on the wall in your kitchen to keep your knives organized and easily accessible.This frees up drawer space and keeps your countertops clutter-free.


  1. Sliding or pocket doors

Sliding or pocket doors are ingenious space-saving solutions for compact real estate. Sliding doors slide along a track mounted above the doorway, while pocket doors slide into a recessed pocket within the wall, allowing you to maximize usable space in rooms where clearance is limited. 


Living in a small space requires you to invest thoughtful planning, creativity, and organization. By doing this, you can enjoy the benefits of compact living without feeling cramped or restricted.

Remember, it’s not about the size of your property, but how you make it work for you. Real estate is ever changing, so being resourceful with every square meter can help boost your property;s potential and ultimately improve the quality of your living condition.

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