5 ways to ensure apartment living doesn’t mean cramped living

Margie Sullivan
Margie Sullivan

If you’ve lived in a house your entire life, it’s natural to worry that downsizing to an apartment will mean enduring a cramped space that doesn’t let you live your lifestyle to the fullest.

But the truth is that switching to apartment living doesn’t have to mean compromising your lifestyle or your space at all. The trick is simply knowing what to look for.

So, to help ensure your apartment living experience is all about spacious living, not cramped living, we’ve put together these top 5 tips for finding an apartment that enhances your lifestyle and won’t restrict it one bit.

1. Look up

Many decent-sized apartments feel cramped because of one simple feature: their ceiling height.

These apartments may offer all the space you need, with generous-sized rooms and plenty of storage, but thanks to their low ceilings, you can’t help feeling like you need to stoop every time you walk through the door. And if that isn’t cramped living, we don’t know what is!

The good news is that this one’s an easy fix. Simply look for apartments with higher than average ceiling heights. These ceilings will offer a feeling of spaciousness that will make you feel like you have room to move and banish any sense of being cramped.

reside by mosaic apartment bedroom

Generously sized rooms with higher than average ceilings make all the difference to apartment living.

2. Look out

An apartment won’t offer you a backyard, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own outdoor living space.

An apartment without any outdoor space can feel cramped because you’re basically trapped indoors – even if the indoors is expansive. That’s why, if you’re on the hunt for an apartment, it pays to look out and choose an apartment with a large, fully-furnishable balcony and full height glass sliding doors and windows.

By blurring the line between inside and out, large glass doors and windows create the same feeling of spaciousness you enjoy with any regular, ground level indoor-outdoor entertaining area. And the ability to entertain outside your home with comfortable seating and tables on your balcony will make you feel anything but cramped!

City views

City Views from Norman Park

3. Look for storage

Apartments with pokey wardrobes and pantries are the thing of nightmares for anyone “downsizing” from a house to an apartment – and fair enough.

Unfortunately, many apartments come with very little storage space, meaning you need to add cupboards and shelves throughout. But while this lets you store your “stuff”, it creates a decidedly cramped feel throughout your new home. Not to mention, it looks messy.

Thankfully, any apartment worth its salt will not compromise when it comes to storage. So be sure to hold out and only choose an apartment that gives you built-in and walk-in wardrobes, a butler’s pantry, linen storage, and clever built-in storage throughout. With more than enough space for everything you need, you’ll thank yourself every day for refusing to settle for less!

4. Look for “house features”

Another reason many apartments are cramped – or feel that way – is that they make an awful use of the space they have.

Many apartments are smaller than many houses. But they don’t have to feel that way. Instead, you can look for an apartment that incorporates typical house features rather than typical apartment features. We’ve already established you want an apartment with built-in wardrobes and a generous pantry. However, you can take your search for house features a step further and only choose open plan apartments with separate laundries and other house-style features.

Because they’re not intersected with unnecessary walls, open plan designs actually give you more space, while a separate laundry (rather than a laundry built into your bathroom) ensures neither your laundry nor bathroom are cramped.

Study nook Scribe Indooroopilly by Mosaic

Apartment living 101: Find clever ways to make use of the space you have

5. Look for space

After everything we’ve said so far, it’s still important to acknowledge one final thing: many apartments look and feel cramped because they are cramped.

If your apartment is small, then even with all the features we’ve discussed, it will never feel truly spacious. But like every other problem you’ve already learnt to mitigate, there’s a solution for this one too. You simply need to look for an apartment that’s actually bigger.

Above-average sized apartments (especially those with fully-furnishable balconies like we already mentioned) are always going to be your best bet for enjoying spacious apartment living. These apartments should still include high ceilings, large windows, smart storage, and other house-style features. But holding out for extra space is the icing on the cake. And really, who doesn’t like icing?

See what spacious apartment living looks like

At Mosaic Property Group, we know all about spacious apartment living. Actually, it’s one of the things that sets our apartments apart from the pack.

If you’d like to see what spacious apartment living looks like, why not check out our latest exciting apartment development – Maroochydore’s own Avalon

Featuring all the characteristics discussed in this article, Avalon is apartment living done right. Which means it’s a great guide to understand what you should be looking for.

And who knows?

Maybe Avalon itself is exactly what you’re looking for…