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Thread: Space-saving ideas when moving into a small (studio) apartment.

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    I recently moved from the tri-state to Southern California. I am faced with the challenge of fixing up my first studio apartment. Do you have any space saving ideas? I am moving from a small space to another, with tons of stuff.

    I am so excited!
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    1. Get rd of anything you do not need. REALLY.

    Just because you like it does not mean you can use it. Stick with the basics needed for survival and work your way up from there. It is easier than coming in with a load of stuff and whittling it down later in a crowded apartment.

    2. I would recommend things like LCD screens for TV or for computer. I would recommend more scandanavian style minimalist furnature (no "overstuffed" style armchairs) I would also recommend things that are convertable, such as beds and tables (collapsable/fold out leaves).

    3. Look at the walls and realize that so long as they are not plaster you can hang stuff from them. Speakers, lights, small animals. Just make sure you do not do the streamlined shelving or its lack of support will have them falling off if you put more than dried flowers on them.

    That's about all I can offer. I would suggest that you find a storage service nearby and dump your stuff in there, then go back on the weekends and slowly bring the things you need to the apartment.

    Anything that is left after a year that has no real sentimental value (and I mean REAL), ditch.

    GL!

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    NY2Cali- You might also find this thread useful:

    Post pics of your apartment!

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    Hubby and I spent $8,000 on an incredibly fancy Murphy bed setup, and it was one of the smartest things we ever did.

    It gave us about twelve running feet of bookshelves and cabinetry, and the studio looks like a living room during the day.

    You can get cheaper ones starting at around $2K -- note that you might also have to buy a new mattress, because not all old "fat" mattresses fit.

    ali r.
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    Those are great suggestions! I can't wait to throw out stuff that I don't need. I'm just way too sentimental - I hold on to everything! I'm thinking of also getting a futon to save space. I have a queen bed an only one of me! I checked out the photos too. Very interesting.

    Where do you get your design ideas? I get a lot my ideas form HGTV. Have you heard of the all new season of Design Star in Las Vegas? In the show, 11 aspiring designers compete to be the Ultimate Design Star and win their very own show on HGTV. It's a great show, fun and you learn a thing or two about design!

    Check out http://www.hgtv.com/design star.

    If you have anymore tips or suggestions about space saving I could really use them, feel free to reply!

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    hmmmm ^^^

    A "trying to be friendly & clever" round-about spam-attack?

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    Honestly. I didn't believe this one for a minute:

    "I recently moved from the tri-state to Southern California. I am faced with the challenge of fixing up my first studio apartment. Do you have any space saving ideas? I am moving from a small space to another, with tons of stuff.

    I am so excited!"

    Oh c'mon. If it's such a problem, get friendly with your dumpster... have a garage sale.... leave your stuff on the side of the road. What's the big deal?

    ^ BTW: I got a tip for the spammer: wouldn't it have made more sense to say: "I am moving from a large space to a studio apartment, with tons of stuff." instead of telling us that you are "moving from a small space to another with tons of stuff." ? In other words you are telling us that you are ALREADY living in a small space with tons of stuff.

    Wouldn't you have figured out where to put things by now?

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    Where do you get your design ideas? I get a lot my ideas form <snipped TV network>. Have you heard of the all new season of <snipped TV show> in Las Vegas? In the show, 11 aspiring designers compete to be the Ultimate <snipped title> and win their very own show on <snipped TV network>. It's a great show, fun and you learn a thing or two about design!

    Check out <snipped website>.
    (When I snipped out the identifying information, it reads like MadLibs.)

    NY2Cali- Either this is an advertisement in disguise or you're an avid fan of the show. Please don't post like this again, or I'll have to assume that it's an advertisement, which is spam and a bannable offense.

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    The website gets a thumbs down from me for advice on furnishing a studio apartment. The photos indicate that the website is actually geared toward the opposite -- a house, or an apartment with a lot of space.

    There's one decorating idea and photo that is an absolute no-no -- just plain dangerous -- in the West, especially California. Having lived there for three years, the error jumped right out at me the moment I saw the photo. The experts didn't pick up on it, which makes me wonder how expert they are. NY2Cali, just to be safe, don't use this website when you're decorating in California.

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    Having grown up in California it was found that using fishing line (to "tie down" objects -- it's basically invisible) and florists clay (it goes underneath objects) to secure various display items to walls / surfaces can save you some money & trouble when the tremblors roll through.

    Works ^^^ in large or small spaces

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    Ligne Roset (among others) sells a very nice coffee table that rises to becomea dinner table when you have company, a real space saver. There is also a table (from Ikea, I think) that folds to a really tiny (console table) size AND allows you to fold two chairs 'inside' it.

    If you have a small place, you will eat other than in a specific eating area so I recommend easy-to-clean flooring (no wall-to-wall).

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    I already watch HG, actually the wife does, and all the other design shows on TV.

    I have to say that they look good ON TV, but when you see things like pressboard being used as the main structural component, you have to cringe.


    Also, the lack of sanding and finishing on a lot of the pieces is apparent if you look really closely. The worst for this being:

    Design on a Dime

    and

    Trading Spaces.

    One other thing, the whole modern line-shelving they show, and these shows are what I was warning about when I mentioned:
    Just make sure you do not do the streamlined shelving or its lack of support will have them falling off if you put more than dried flowers on them.
    Those thin wall shelves that just come out from teh wall and are only attached with one screw line fall off very easily. You need depth, probably about 6 inches for a good support of a shelf (depending on shelf depth and length and what will be placed on it). Any less and you may get pull out and sag.


    So I hope we could help you on this. If this was spam, I credit you for taking the extra time rather than just spam-boting it.

    One thing you may want to do though. Instead of trying to get us to watch, why don't you ASK us our opinions on this and that. Admit where you are coming from and treat us like professionals rather than viewer fish you are trolling for and you might get some good ideas, links and advice.

    On that note, I hope this was genuinely clean. If not, please stop.
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    Count the exclaimation points in those 2 posts. No one is that enthusiastic unless they're selling something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NY2Cali View Post
    Those are great suggestions! I can't wait to throw out stuff that I don't need. I'm just way too sentimental - I hold on to everything! I'm thinking of also getting a futon to save space. I have a queen bed an only one of me! I checked out the photos too. Very interesting.

    Where do you get your design ideas? I get a lot my ideas form HGTV. Have you heard of the all new season of Design Star in Las Vegas? In the show, 11 aspiring designers compete to be the Ultimate Design Star and win their very own show on HGTV. It's a great show, fun and you learn a thing or two about design!

    Check out http://www.NOT TODAY.com/design.

    If you have anymore tips or suggestions about space saving I could really use them, feel free to reply!
    5 times. A little much, but she could have had a cappuchino....

    And the red? Yeah, that is an ad. No one I know EVER says "11 aspiring designers" when describing a show.

    Especially when the main line looks a lot like what they have on their site:

    The competition heats up this summer as 11 aspiring designers once again risk it all for a chance to win the ultimate prize — their own show on HGTV!
    Too close.

    NY2Cali.... BUSTED!!!!

    Try to take this as a learning experience. You got the hook in pretty well, but your landing sounded too much like the ad (as pointed out in my quote).

    You need a softer sell.

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    All the design shows are pretty much run by Art Directors who work in TV.

    The designs are governed by what LOOKS GOOD on Video / TV -- not the real world.

    This explains the lack of sanding / finishing mentioned above -- TV softens all those imperfections and the viewer doesn't see how bad it looks in real life.

    Also for anyone who has ever painted a shelf it's pretty clear that if you pile stuff on that shelf one to two days after painting then you're either going to end up with (1) a crappy looking shelf or (2) items stuck to that shelf.

    My rule of thumb is that shelves need a minimum of 2 Weeks after painting to cure before stuff goes on them.

    But I'm a bit crazy & obsessive about things ...

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    Yep. I have also seen them painting floors and other ill-conceived things that would not last 2 months (some not two nights thanks to the cats) in our place.

    Some look better than others, but most look cheap.

    The best ones are the ones that actually have realistic budgets and you see them help plan and remodel a place. Back to reality rather than "something for nothing".

    Hell, even Clean Sweep is kind of fun to watch.

    But there are still problems. One of their shows, where they look at places and a person comes in and talks about rennovating the place to match their needs and still stay under budget is a cool idea, but I have cringed at their haphazard placement of things.

    They will place new floors on areas that have not been designed for the weight (a flat roof or attic floor may look sturdy, but they can be VERY flexible and poorly suited for actual living if you do not stiffen them up). They also like to move walls around as if the only thing keeping the building up was the outside walls (A little malady I usually call Architectural Blindness... Maybe it is more "Architecturally Induced STRUCTURAL Blindness"......).

    Ah well.


    Suggestion: Maybe this thread should be changed to what it really is. "Cable Design Shows - Likes/Dislikes"

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