House hunting is hardly ever fun. House hunting on a tight budget is definitely not fun. House hunting in Lagos, on a tight budget is pure torture!
I could regale you with tales of my adventure through murky waters, under the scorching sun, only to be shown uninhabitable shacks for the most ridiculous prices. I could tell you tales, my friend, but that is not why we are here.
Most of the apartments that did pass the “fit for habitation” test were tiny. Oh, well, I guess I could work with that. I’ve been rummaging the Internet for some small bedroom design inspiration. If you ever find yourself in need of inspiration for your tiny apartment, I hope these tips help.
You might not have the luxury of large windows to let in light, but you can make use of extra lighting in the room. Don’t depend on the one bulb hanging from the ceiling.
Simple color palette
You already know that white makes use of the light to cause a room to appear larger, but you don’t necessarily have to go all-white, just pick a simple color palette in that family and use that all over the room.
Use the space over your headboard for storage – for books, art, and all of your knickknacks. Open or closed, your choice.
High shelves that run the length of room
Create high shelves and storage through the length of the room. That way you keep stuff off the floor and not overcrowd your space.
In-room closet space
You most likely won’t have an extra room for closet space. That’s okay. Have an open closet inside the room (where you do not already have a built-in wardrobe).
Or behind the bed, perhaps?
Or if you’d rather keep things out of sight, use the space behind your bed.
You could even use a curtain…
You know you can create the illusion of double the space you have with a mirror. Use creatively around your space…
More storage space? An old trunk, perhaps? Or chest of drawers? Yes, double their function. Used here as a nightstand too…
A tiny apartment isn’t the end of the world. If you do it right, you might find you really do not need all the extra space you’ve been dreaming of.