Small Apartment, Small Appliances: How to Downsize

Few things are more exciting than moving into a new apartment. But dealing with limited space can be a challenge. You may wonder: Do I need a top or front-loading washing machine? Is my dishwasher standard size? What even are standard dishwasher sizes?

We’re here to answer all your downsizing questions. We will explore how to measure a room, choose appropriate-sized appliances and furniture, and offer creative ideas to maximize your smaller living spaces. With the right approach, you can transform your apartment into a cozy and functional living space.

Wait! Don’t Forget Your Tape Measure!

Before furnishing your apartment, take precise measurements of each room. Measure and jot down the width, length, and height of the space you’re working with. Consider the layout of doors, windows, and any other architectural elements that affect furniture placement.

Optimize Your Laundry Room

To optimize space, consider compact versions of essential appliances. For example, a small apartment might not accommodate a full-size washing machine, but a top-load or front-loading compact washing machine can fit snugly into a laundry area. Are you lacking space for a washer-dryer combo? Consider a washer-dryer stacking kit to save room while still having both appliances. With enough space, you can even give your laundry room a little flare!

Learn how to measure a washer and dryer.

When measuring the space for your washer and dryer, there are a few different things to consider besides just the height and width of the units.

  • Ventilation: Your washer and dryer can’t sit flush against the wall and will need at least 6 inches of space for ventilation.
  • Hoses and cords: The backs of washers and dryers have hoses and connectors that stick out, so you’ll want to ensure enough room for those, especially if the appliances are going in a closet with doors.
  • Appliance doors: If you have a top-loading washer and dryer, allow at least 20 inches of space above the top of the machinarea fully open them. Likewise, if you have front-loading machines, make sure that you will be able to open the doors all the way! 

Squeeze Into a Small Kitchen

Look for a suitable dishwasher.

Are dishwashers a standard size? Yes and no. Standard dishwasher dimensions are typically 24 inches wide, 27 inches deep, and 35 inches high. However, there are options for any size space!

If space is limited, consider a compact dishwasher, a portable dishwasher, or a countertop dishwasher that sits on your kitchen counter and connects to your sink. It’s best to avoid any oversized dishwashers in your search.

Remember to measure the dishwasher opening to ensure it fits in your kitchen layout. There’s nothing more pesky than a dishwasher door blocked by a counter.

Make the most of a small stove.

While dream kitchens often boast large, luxurious stoves, apartments often require a more space-efficient approach. Look for apartment-size stoves, which are narrower and designed to fit well in compact kitchen areas. These smaller stoves offer functionality while saving precious floor space.

Consider compact refrigerators for small kitchens.

In a smaller kitchen, an oversized refrigerator can be overwhelming. Opt for compact refrigerators designed explicitly for small spaces to upgrade your kitchen. Look for models with smart storage solutions and efficient use of interior space to ensure you have all the storage you need without compromising on functionality.

If you’re undecided between apartments, consider kitchen storage. Even a smaller kitchen with superior storage options is ideal. Of course, just about any kitchen or pantry can be optimized for storage!


Small Bedrooms Call for Creativity

Curate your cozy bedroom.

You might not be able to fit a huge entertainment center in your bedroom — but you don’t need to! Freeing up bedroom space gives you more room to flex your creative muscle. Televisions come in sizes that can accommodate any surface or space, and devices like a smart TV can provide a wealth of entertainment options from the comfort of your couch or bed. And speaking of beds

Embrace creative storage solutions.

When space is at a premium, creativity is your best friend. Utilize vertical space with shelves and wall-mounted storage units. Choose multi-purpose furniture, such as a sofa bed or a coffee table with built-in storage. Foldable or collapsible furniture can also be a great way to save space.

Downsize the Right Way with CORT Furniture Outlet

Fitting kitchen appliances and furniture into a small space can feel like a complicated puzzle of measurements and compromise. When every last inch of storage counts, visit your local CORT Furniture Outlet. View our selection of sleeper sofas, bed frames with storage, and more to maximize your space at a minimal price! And CORT Furniture Outlet isn’t just limited to sofas and dining room tables – we’ve got small appliances and houseware at fantastic prices so you can save in every room of the house. Whether you shop in-store or online, take advantage of prices up to 70% off retail so that you can save space and save money.

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