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  • Know Somebody With An Apartment? Useful Tips For Making It Feel More Like Home

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    If you have an apartment, or know someone with an apartment, be sure to send them this link! Renting your first apartment is always very exciting, but it's hard to find ways to decorate it. Here are some useful tips for designing your apartment so it feels a little bit more like a home, and less like a dorm:

    Assessing the Space

    Every decorating project must begin with an assessment of the space. Think first about how the space is going to be used. Maryland-based interior designer Kelley Proxmire suggests apartment dwellers consider how to combine space. For instance, is it possible to incorporate a dining niche into the living room space or even double the living room area as a guest bedroom? “If this is the case, a sleep sofa would be a good idea,” Proxmire said. If the dining room table will double as both a desk and a table for eating, Proxmire suggests a drop leaf table to use less space.

    Assess the floor plan to choose the proper scale for your furniture. Proxmire warns against shying away from big pieces. “Figure out what existing furniture could be used in the space, keeping in mind that a table that was used in a master bedroom may work well in the new apartment’s hallway,” she said.

    Beyond the size dimensions of each room, consider what your landlord will allow. Is paint an option? Check the lease to avoid charges down the road. Can you replace flooring? Obtain the necessary permissions first. And what about hanging pictures on interior walls? Discuss the options with the leasing agent before that wall mount is in place.

    Lastly, visualize your desired result and imagine your dream space before you get started.

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