How To Refinish The Tub

A bathtub is one of the most important fixtures in your bathroom. It’s where you relax and unwind at the end of a long day, so it’s natural that you want to keep your tub looking its best. Unfortunately, a bathtub can become chipped and scratched or even corroded by hard water stains over time. This can make it look old and unattractive.

Refinishing your tub is an easy way to restore it to its original condition without having to spend thousands on replacing it with a new one. The process can be done relatively quickly depending on how large your tub is and won’t cost too much either. Most importantly, when you’re finished refinishing, your tub will look new again. 

There are several ways to refinish an old or damaged tub, including painting the surface with acrylic paint or applying the vinyl film directly over the existing surface. Here we go!

Tools and Materials

Painter’s tapePutty knifeRoller traySpongeTack clothDrop clothBreathing protectionAbrasive padRubber glovesBleachChemical caulk removerTub and tile caulkPaint rollersPaintbrushesEpoxy puttyPaper towelsAbrasive cleanersBathtub refinishing kitSafety goggles

Remove Old Caulk and Tub’s Hardware

Use a putty knife to remove old caulk and tub hardware. Remove anything that may block your work. Cover the faucets with paper towels and mask them off using painter’s tape. Scrape off soap scum with a razor blade and make sure you clean any dirt from your bathtub openings.

Clean Your Tub Thoroughly with Diluted Bleach and Water

Pour a pail of diluted bleach and warm water into your bathtub and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, scrub the inner and outer surfaces with a sponge or an old rag to remove dirt and stains. Rinse the tub thoroughly afterward using clean water. Allow it to dry completely before you continue with your work.


Use a coarse 36-grit paper to sand the bathtub—sand in the direction of the grain to avoid gouging or scratching your bathtub surface. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust particles as you sand. After that, fill any marks in the dried fiberglass with putty and sand it. 

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Mask off the areas around your bathtub with paper or plastic before you proceed to the next step. You can rough up sanding by brushing the tub’s surface with a stainless steel brush. Make sure you neutralize the acid before applying the paint.

Wipe and Prime

Wipe the surface with a tack cloth and prime it with an acrylic urethane enamel primer. Give it enough time to dry before you apply your top coat. Follow the instructions on the can as to how much drying time is needed after priming. After wiping with a tack cloth, clean it with a rag to enable your acrylic urethane enamel to adhere to the surface of the porcelain.

Depending on room temperature and humidity conditions, you can apply several coats per day. Make sure you apply a bonding agent over the tub’s surface to ensure your new finish won’t peel off the old porcelain.

Mask off the Tub and any Remaining Fixtures

You’ll want to mask off the remaining fixtures, including the drain stopper and any faucets. Mask off floors and walls using drop cloths and painter’s tape. Remember that epoxy paint will be hard to remove, so make sure to guard your tub against drops and spills. Protect the tile at tub level and any fixture or faucet hardware with painter’s tape or paper.

Ventilate Your Working Space

The whole project of etching, sanding, and coating will create dust and fumes. In addition to the epoxy paint fumes, sanding can create fiberglass dust that can irritate your lungs and sinuses. Always work in a well-ventilated space, preferably outside or near an open window. Also, wear breathing protection or any respiratory equipment as recommended by the manufacturer.

Then, prep your paint included in the refinishing kit according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Many DIY refinishing kits use a two-part epoxy paint that needs to be mixed before use, so read the label carefully. 

Mixing faces is very important, so don’t play fast and loose with the directions. Then, transfer half of that mixture to a second container to save the second coat and cover it to keep it from drying out.

Etch the Tub Surfaces

If the refinishing kit includes etching powder, apply it to your tub’s surface with water and scrub the surface with an abrasive pad. The etching will help the refinishing sealer adhere to the surface, which will prolong the life of your newly refinished tub. Then, rinse the tub thoroughly with clear water.

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Sand and Wipe Down the Bathtub

Skip this step if you’re refinishing an acrylic or fiberglass tub with no substantial grout lines. But you can learn how to clean fiberglass showers here and keep the material in good shape. An older bathtub with built-up gunk is likely to have crevices and ridges that need to be sanded down to provide a smooth surface for the sealer. Use a power sander if it’s available. Ensure you roughen up the corners and edges of your tub.

Sanding is very important because it ensures the epoxy coating adheres to the surface area properly without showing any crack or peel. After that, wipe the tub with paper towels to ensure it’s completely dry. Then, remove any excess dust or paper residue using a tack cloth.

Mix the Epoxy Coating

The key to success is in how you mix your epoxy coating. Make sure it’s well blended before applying it to your tub. You’ll have 30 minutes to work with the product, so following the manufacturer’s instructions is important. 

Paint the Tub

If you know how to paint bathrooms and other surfaces like tile and drywall, then you’ll have no problem with this step. The epoxy forms an ultra-thick, high gloss finish that’s completely waterproof. Finish the edges as required with the sponge brush, then apply a second coat of coatings as directed by the manufacturer. Before applying the second coating, you may recoat immediately or wait for one to two hours of drying time.

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Let the Coating Dry Completely

This could take 3 to 6 hours depending on climate conditions – warmer climates mean shorter drying times. You can speed up the process by using an exhaust fan. Let the tub dry and cure as indicated on the label. Make sure your working site is well ventilated to prevent inhalation of vapors.

pply the Second Coat

Sponge on another coat as required by the manufacturer’s instructions. You can do this after 3 to 6 hours, depending on climate conditions. If you wait too long, it could affect adhesion, so consider the drying time before applying your second coating. Let this dry completely and apply a third coating if required by the label.

Caulk and Reinstall the Hardware

Seal your tub’s joints with fresh silicone caulk and let it cure overnight. Then, reinstall your faucet hardware. Your refinished tub is now ready to use, so run yourself a nice, warm bath.

After bathtub refinishing, it’s best to avoid abrasive cleaners to protect your surface. Instead, go for non-abrasive and bleach-free cleaners such as cast iron and porcelain cleaners. 

Call Professional Bathtub Refinishing Company

If you want to avoid the trouble of doing this job yourself, consider professional refinishing since their years of experience in bathtub reglazing can help get your old tub looking new. Professional tub refinishers market their process as reglazing. Their standard will look similar to DIY refinishing kits, but they’ll spend more time and money repairing chips and cracks.

FAQs on How to Refinish the Tub

How long does bathtub reglazing take?

Professional refinishers will complete the job within a day and can seal your tub before you head to bed.

When is the best time to reglaze your bathtub?

You can reglaze your bathtub anytime, but if you’re looking for the least messy option, do it on or before the winter months because it’s usually cold outside, and tile grout dries quickly.

Final Thought on How to Refinish the Tub

As you can see, refinishing the tub is a great option for anyone looking to update their bathroom’s refurbishing. Just ensure that you are aware of the steps involved, so you have enough time to prepare for it.

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How To Replace Toilet Fill Valve

If your toilet is losing water or making a loud noise when you flush it, this probably means that it’s time for a new fill valve.

Replacing a fill valve can be done in under an hour and will save you money on your monthly water bill. You’ll also avoid the hassle of having to call a plumber every time something goes wrong with your toilet. It’s easy to do, and we’re here to show you how. 

A fill valve opens and closes every time you flush your toilet, exposing it to wear and tear. Therefore, you need to replace it. Also, if you have an old fill valve model with a float ball, you have to consider that new model and replace the dependable fill valve with its integrated float cup. 

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to replace your fill valve so that you can get back up and running as quickly as possible without breaking the bank.

What You’ll Need

Sponge and bucketNew fill valveTape measureAdjustable wrench

Turn Off the Water Supply

First, turn off the water supply for the toilet fill valve at the wall tank by turning the shutoff valve clockwise with a wrench. Make sure you turn off the water from outside of your toilet before doing any repair. The valve should be below your tank, and it should be located where the water pipes enter the tank from the wall.

Make sure you turn off the shutoff valve until it stops moving. After that, move around your home and turn on all the fixtures to confirm if they’re off. This will also drain off the residual water pressure from your home’s plumbing system. This will help you avoid water damage due to floods.

Drain Your Toilet Tank

Once you’ve turned off the water, drain your tank before disconnecting the toilet fill valve. Begin by flushing your toilet by holding the flushing handle down to remove as much water as possible from your tank. After that,  use a bucket to remove the rest of the water in your tank. You can use an old towel or sponge to remove the excess water. Once you’ve drained all the water, unhook the old flapper. Then, buy a new flapper of the same type.

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The flapper is simply a rubber valve that fills with water when you flush the toilet, blocking the overflow tube for your tank. After you have the new flapper in hand, place it on top of the fill valve’s overflow pipe to see if it fits over without any issues.

Check the Fill Valve for a Leak

Flush your valve, then look for a valve leak. Lift your toilet float arm to let all the water out of your tank. Check under the rim for any water that has leaked from the tank after it is empty. Use a wrench to adjust the toilet float arm so that the tank stops filling when the water level is half-inch to one inch below the top of the overflow pipe. If your valve still leaks, then you need to replace it.

Remove the Old Fill Valve

Turn off your water supply, then flush the toilet and sponge the remaining water from your tank. Disconnect the water supply line, unscrew your fill valve lock nut and remove the old fill valve. Try to remove the lock nut with your bare hand before using the adjustable wrench; if you can’t, then use your wrench to hold the nut and turn it one-quarter turn at a time.

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Disconnect the refill tube from your overflow tube, then lift off the fill valve. You can also take this moment to clean the inside of your tank, especially if the flush valve is leaking. You can also learn how to replace the flush valve of your toilet.

Prepare Your New Valve

Make sure you buy a new flapper of the same type as the one you removed from your local store. Slide the rubber washer included in your kit onto the bottom flange on the fill valve tailpiece. The washer is very important as it provides a watertight seal. You can also adjust the height of the fill valve if necessary.

Different fill valves have different methods of adjusting the height. But it’s simple as you only need to screw the stem piece shorter or longer to accommodate the height you want. In most cases, the top of your fill valve should be slightly taller than the height of your overflow pipe but not so tall to prevent the tank lid from closing.

Installing the New Fill Valve

Remove your new fill valve from the packaging and read the directions it comes with. Don’t forget to clip your new refill tube to the overflow tube. Take the threaded nut in your kit and screw it onto the bottom flange on the fill valve tailpiece, but do not tighten it yet. Take out measuring tape and measure the distance between the top cap of the valve and the top of the overflow tube.

Remove your fill valve and adjust the height. Hold the valve body using one hand and using the other hand to tighten the nut. If using a clawfoot model, tighten at least two inches beyond the overflow tube. If your fill valve is at its maximum height, but the overflow pipe is still higher than the critical level mark, you will need to install a new overflow tube.

If the shutoff valve is higher than necessary, use a wrench to carefully loosen the nut on top of the fill valve and raise or lower it so that it meets the height requirement. Tighten all nuts and fittings with your wrench. Turn the water back on through the wall stop.

When you’ve properly adjusted the height, pull your fill valve back in position and screw in the lock nut from underneath your toilet tank to hold your new fill valve firmly. Make sure you tighten the mounting nut, so it’s hand tight. 

After that, connect the water supply line back to the new valve and hand tighten it to secure it to the valve. Do not overtighten it, or you might risk cracking your fixture’s tank. Turn on the water again and check for leaks.

Connect the Fill Tube to the Fill Valve

The fill tube that’s attached to your new toilet is fairly long. You’ll need to connect it to the fill valve at the bottom of the tank. The end that fits into the valve should be cut squarely, so you get an easy fit. If this isn’t done, you get leaks or other problems, so make sure you check this before moving on to the next step. 

Attach one end of your new valve to the fill valve nipple and the other to the enclosed angle adapter. Clip your angle adapter onto the overflow pipe, then finish your installation by attaching your flapper chain to the overflow pipe.

Reconnect the Water Lines

Open the shut-off valve and let the water fill your toilet tank. Check if your new fill valve is filling your tank faster, quieter and the water level is below half-inch below the overflow tube. Confirm if no water is running from the tank to the toilet bowl. Flush the toilet a couple of times to double-check if your new valve is performing optimally. If everything is working correctly, but the toilet tank lid back and enjoy your toilet. You can also consider learning how to stop a toilet from running as these are plumbing skills you might need more often than you think.

FAQS on How to Replace Toilet Fill Valve

How do you know a bad fill valve?

You can identify a bad fill valve if you see the bottom of the washer deteriorating and causing a leak. If you see your fill valve not filling, then you may need to replace your valve.

Why do toilet valves fail?

Fill valves provide water to the toilet bowl, and when they break, the water stops flowing. Such is why you need to replace them with new ones.

re toilet valves universal?

Most toilet fill valves are interchangeable and can fit standard tank openings in any toilet. But it’s important to consider the sizes, especially the length of the valve stem.

Final Thought on How to Replace Toilet Fill Valve

As you can see, replacing your toilet fill valve is quite simple and easy. With a few tools and materials, you can replace your valve fill within a few minutes, and you’re done. And if your toilet is still running after replacing the fill valve, consider looking at the toilet flapper or another cause of a running toilet.


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Outdoor Kitchen Plans

Building your own outdoor kitchen can be rewarding. But you must know how to plan it and build it correctly, or else you might end up with a disaster on your hands.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen Plans provides detailed instructions on how to build an outdoor kitchen. It also offers many suggestions for planning the space and choosing the right materials for construction.

If you’re looking to build an outdoor kitchen yourself, then this is the product for you. This guide will show you how to choose the right location and design elements that will make sure that everyone loves spending time in your new backyard oasis. These outdoor kitchen plans will also give you space for your grill, refrigerator, sink, and pizza oven. Here we go!

DIY Outdoor Deck Kitchen

With the right tools and budget, you can build this DIY outdoor kitchen yourself. The included design and construction plans show you how to build a kitchen with a built-in grill, refrigerator, sink, cooktop, and storage. And if you don’t have a deck to build it on, you can always attach the kitchen to your deck or patio.

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DIY Stone Covered Grill Island

DIY grill island is the best outdoor kitchen, especially if you have a very small outdoor space to work with. You can easily build it on a weekend when you have friends around to help you out with the construction. After finishing, you can cover it with stones to give it a fancier look.

DIY Outdoor BBQ Island

This project is a lot easier than it looks because the island is built from prefabricated modules designed for maximum structural integrity and ease of assembly. The modules lock together to form a customized grill island that can be tailored to your needs. This particular project uses a stainless steel countertop and a backsplash.

Patio Grill Islands with Fireplace

If you have any space left on your patio, you should consider including an outdoor fireplace in it. Three of the most popular designs for outdoor fireplaces are fireplace inserts, lava rock fireplaces, and stainless steel designs.

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Outdoor Kitchen Bar with Pergola

An outdoor kitchen with a pergola overhead looks gorgeous and offers you shade during summer days. There are many different types of pergolas, but the most popular ones are the wavy style and the grapevines arbor design. However, it may take you days or even a week to complete this project. The pergola gives your kitchen a Caribbean look. You can place it at the end of your deck or build it as a freestanding kitchen.

Outdoor Kitchen with Concrete Countertops

The concrete countertops add a touch of sophistication and modernity to your outdoor kitchen. Crafting these countertops is quite easy when you know the right steps to take. All you need is self-leveling cement, wood planks for support, and a few tools that you probably already have in your home. With this outdoor kitchen plan, you don’t have to worry about elements causing your countertops to crack.

Outdoor Kitchen with Tiled Backsplash

This simple outdoor kitchen plan has a tiled backsplash that resembles the tile work of an indoor kitchen. If you’re skilled in masonry, then crafting this backsplash is easy and affordable. However, if you’re not familiar with laying tiles, hiring a professional will cost you less. And a professional will ensure you get what you want.

Outdoor Kitchen Build

Create an awesome entertaining space by turning your concrete patio into an outdoor kitchen plan. You can also bring a pergola to protect your kitchen against elements and add cabinets to store all your entertaining essentials.

Backyard Wood Fired Pizza Oven

A wood-fired pizza oven is a very popular item in outdoor kitchens. It will give your patio or backyard a unique rustic look that no one else in the neighborhood has. Pre-made kits are available for you to either buy and assemble on your own or have a contractor build them for you from scratch.

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Outdoor Serving Cart

If you’re working on a budget and not looking for a big outdoor kitchen project, then an outdoor serving cart may be the right item for you. It’s a pre-built or pre-made serving center that can either sit on your patio or be placed in a corner for more space. You can set it beside your grill to give you an extra prep space, serving area, and some much-needed storage.

Patio Storage Cabinets

If you’re serious about your outdoor grilling, then you know how important it is to have adequate storage space in your backyard. These garden cabinets fit the bill because not only do they store all of your barbecuing tools and plates, but they also add a decorative touch to your yard.

Outdoor Kitchen

DIY outdoor kitchen plan consists of custom wood cabinets, a unique counter, and a grill island. The outdoor kitchen designs take advantage of the outdoors and creates a unique place where people can gather to cook. The unique counter is designed so that it serves as both functional workspaces and integrates two table legs.

Sewing Cabinet Outdoor Bar

A bar plays a very important role in an outdoor kitchen. That said, you can turn your sewing cabinet into an outdoor bar that has a certain rustic touch. With this, there’s a big basin that you can use as a sink and fill with ice to keep your drinks cold. Other features of the outdoor sewing cabinet are a storage area for your food, extra counter space, and two drawers to store utensils.

DIY Portable Outdoor Kitchen

If you don’t have space in your backyard for an outdoor kitchen, don’t worry. DIY portable outdoor kitchens can serve as a solution for this. It’s about building a compact kitchen that has the same features as a stand-alone outdoor kitchen.

All you have to do is find a mobile workbench and add an aluminum countertop on top of it along with other needed utensils. With its portability, you can easily move it in and out of storage. And since the countertop is aluminum, it’s rust-resistant and looks good at the same time.

Rustic Farmhouse Outdoor Kitchen

You have to love the rustic farmhouse style. This outdoor kitchen is the perfect example of this kind of design. It’s quite roomy, and it has many countertops for storage purposes. The sink looks neat with its drainpipe installation, while the refrigerator is placed below it. You shouldn’t miss this in your home, especially if your home is done in farmhouse style.

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Repurposed Cabinet Outdoor Kitchen

So many people love this outdoor kitchen design. And we can see why – it’s rustic and beautiful at the same time. The cabinet used as a countertop has the shape of an arch, which creates that gorgeous visual effect you can observe in the corner of this kitchen. The best thing about this project is that it doesn’t require that many resources. The whole thing is made of wood and recycled materials.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen Using Wood and Shipping Pallets

Isn’t this idea cool? It’s taking recycling to a whole new level – we love the idea of using old shipping pallets and turning them into a nice and functional outdoor kitchen. Wood pallets can also create simple counters and food prep stations. With its rustic built-ins, light wood gives your space airiness. It’s casual and fun, plus offering plenty of storage below.

Outdoor Kitchen with Built-in Grill and Sink

Stone is a classic outdoor kitchen staple, and this simple design adds modern elegance with its rounded edges and unique countertop shape. The sink is situated at one end, while the grill takes up most of the space underneath. In-between them, there’s a shelf for storage and a pot rack that also serves as home décor. This is a great way to add style to your outdoor kitchen as well as function.

Outdoor Kitchen with Grill and Island

An outdoor kitchen is incomplete without a grill, and this one is decked out with an island, bar stools, and a stainless steel sink that adds to its practicality. The island gives you extra counter space to work with, while the curved design helps it fit in seamlessly.

Food Prep Station with Crate Shelving

If you already have a grill in place but lack a prep and staging area, then this one’s for you. It provides a counter and a crate-style shelf that can be used for storage or as a serving dish. The rustic wooden top adds to its visual appeal. These crates can hold plates and dishware to get the party started.

Outdoor Kitchen with Bar, Sink, and Mini-Fridge

This combination is a full-scale dining space. It gives you enough room to spread out and enjoy your food with family and friends. The mini-fridge is a great place to store drinks, while the sink lets you clean up after dinner.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Outdoor Bar

Incorporating reclaimed wood in your kitchen countertop and base cabinets makes them look rustic. The idea works perfectly for an outdoor kitchen because it’s durable and won’t be damaged by weather elements like rain, snow, or wind.

FAQs on Outdoor Kitchen Plans

How does an outdoor kitchen add value to your home?

With their popularity, outdoor kitchens greatly improve the value of homes in the market. An outdoor kitchen is one of the most popular additions to a home when it comes to resale value.

How does an outdoor kitchen add square footage?

Typically, outdoor kitchens are custom-designed with either a grill or a stovetop and a sink. Installing this type of kitchen in your backyard adds extra square footage to the home.

What types of kitchen materials are used for outdoor kitchens?

Several different materials can be used for outdoor kitchens, including stone, brick, and metals. And some homeowners even opt for wood material to get a rustic feel.

Final Thought on Outdoor Kitchen Plans

As you can see, there are plenty of outdoor kitchen ideas. Some are simple and more budget-friendly, while others are more complex and expensive. So, get started on building your DIY outdoors so that you can have a place you can relax and enjoy together with your family.

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How to Maximize Your Space in a Studio Apartment

When it comes to studio apartments, there are some challenges that come with the territory. One of those challenges is finding ways to maximize your space and keep things as organized as possible without sacrificing too much comfort.

Fortunately, we’ve put together some tips for making life easier when it comes to studio apartment living so that you can enjoy all the benefits of having such a small home while also keeping everything looking neat and tidy.  Here are some tips for maximizing your small apartment to give it a more spacious look and feel:

Define Each Functional Area

One of the biggest obstacles in a studio apartment is how to define each functional area.  This includes areas such as the living room, bedroom, kitchenette, and bathroom. When defining these areas, it can be helpful to use visual barriers to enclose certain areas while also giving them their own space.

Consider Double-Duty Furniture

Maximizing your studio apartment with furniture that plays the role of double duty can save you a lot of space. For example, a dining table combo, a chest that serves as both a coffee table and storage, or even a bookshelf can play the role of double duty depending on what your specific needs are. If you choose wisely, these pieces add function to your space and add extra storage solutions that you can use.

This strategy makes the most out of every square inch of your living space, allowing you to save money. With this, you can stay within your budget without compromising on either function or style. The double-duty furniture also leaves you with plenty of surface space that you can use for your decor, allowing you to create a more inviting look. But this can only work well for you if you also know how to arrange furniture in your house

dd Built-In Structural Furniture

Create more space and efficiency in your small apartment by maximizing the structural part of your furniture. Built-in furniture offers more storage space and frees up floor space that you can use for other things.

Built-in storage works best in large open areas where extra space is needed, such as an entryway or a living room area. You can maximize wall space by adding structural furniture. With the floating shelves and structural furniture, you’ll have more space to roam without worrying about the clutter taking up your counter space and floor space.

Utilize Your Entryway  

You need to focus on your entryway since this can take up a lot of room. Display furniture that serves multiple purposes, such as open shelving and bench. You’ll be able to store shoes, coats, jackets, and other accessories in an orderly fashion.

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For the bench, you can build one that’s long enough to act as an extra table. It can be used to sit while putting on your shoes, take off your jacket, or hang up coats and jackets. Double up your side table as a bookshelf.

Make Your Room Feel Taller

Bring high curtains to your room to give it a sense of grandeur. Even if your square footage is on the smaller side, making your room feel taller will enhance the space’s visual appeal.

Opt for a bright white bed that doesn’t take up too much of your floor. You can get away with a twin or full-sized bed, which you won’t need if you sleep alone. A smaller room is well-suited to store boxes underneath your bed for additional storage.

Keep Your Room Clean and Organized

Clean lines, smooth surfaces, and space between your items give your apartment a more airy, open vibe. Learn how to declutter your room, especially in your kitchen area, because it feels cramped when dirty dishes and pans are left in your sink. Choose furniture with clean, smooth lines to avoid adding to the clutter in your room.

Ensure there’s enough space between your pieces to allow for airflow so you won’t get stuffy while spending time inside. Opt for semi-open furniture to bring in natural light. Avoid dense, bulky furniture that can block natural light and movement. Bookshelf, nightstand, and other partially open objects can create expansiveness in your studio apartment by leaving room for white space. 

Also, opt for transparent, clear furniture. This won’t only make your room feel larger, but it’s also a fun and trendy way that will bring versatility to your favorite color scheme.

Create Visual Height

Studio apartments with low ceilings can still create a sense of height by using tall pieces of furniture. In an apartment rather than a loft, you can maximize the vertical space with chairs or couches that have legs. If this isn’t possible, opt for chairs or sofas with high backs and legs to create a more expansive look.

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You can also hang your curtain high above a short window to create a feeling of height. You can also draw attention upward by adding hanging home decor on the walls and ceilings. If you can’t fit a bed in your apartment, raise it. By doing so, you can have a space for a small coffee table, while thin shelves can create extra surface space for storage without extending into your room.

Go for a Smaller Bed Size

If you can’t fit a twin, queen-sized bed, or king bed into your studio apartment, consider going for the next best thing — a full. A full-size mattress is smaller than both the twin and queen-sized bed, but by making this simple change, it’ll take up less space in your room without compromising on comfort.

Pair your full mattress with furniture like a small nightstand, a dresser, or an armoire to maximize your bedroom’s storage space. This will help you save space in your small bedroom and make the room feel bigger.

If you have more than one person living in the apartment, buying bunk beds for children is another way to save up some space. If you are not using this option just yet, consider throwing a bed skirt over the top bunk, so it doesn’t look like you have a bed on top of your bed.

Consider Your Closet Space

Your closet space has the full potential to reinvent your small bedroom. Homeowners have managed to create walk-in closets by adding a second closet door, so this will give you some room to breathe. If the front of your closet is not being utilized well enough, think about getting mirrored sliding doors which will reflect light and make the room feel bigger.

Move your worn-out and wrinkle-free clothes to storage containers under your bed to reinvent your closet. Add a small desk inside your closet with a few shelves. If you use a corner of your room for a desk, consider repurposing the door to make room for a wardrobe or dresser instead.

Maximize Your Light

Natural light makes a small studio apartment look bigger. So, change your blinds for curtains to give yourself some extra room. Instead of hanging them from the ceiling, hold up a large piece of fabric on your window with clothespins.

If you have no natural light in your studio apartment, consider using lamps or wall sconces for lighting instead of overhead lights. They will make the room feel warmer and bigger. Brighten up your small space by adding lighting in the dark corners of your apartment.

Maximize Space with Large Mirrors

Putting up mirrors in your small studio apartment will make it look bigger by tricking the eye into believing the room goes on. You can put one behind your bed to expand the space or hang them on different walls of your home. Hang large pieces of fabric over each mirror for an added effect. Placing your mirrors in areas with no windows will also create the illusion of a larger space.

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Reflective surfaces also create the illusion of a taller and wider room. Whether you’re looking to expand or open a cramped studio apartment, mirrors will do just that. 

Consider the Hanger Light Together with Sofa Bed

The hanger light is a kind of lighting that hangs from the ceiling. You can find these lights in most hardware or homecare stores. They are good for small rooms because they will not take up floor space, and you can suspend them anywhere you need an extra glow.

After installing the hanger light, bring in the sofa bed so that you have that extra space for your coffee table and TV stand. With a hanger light together with a sofa bed, you’ll get most of your space without feeling cramped.

Invest in Day Bed

If your studio lacks the square footage for a bed and a sofa, consider designing your bed as a day bed. Day beds are smaller than standard twin-sized mattresses, and they don’t have to be a permanent fixture in the room. You can keep them under your sofa during the daytime and then bring them out at night when you’re going to sleep.

A day bed can help you save floor space for a dining table for your meals and a working table for your office space at home. Finally, make your bedroom stand out in your studio apartment by creating the appearance of separate rooms by adding levels.

FAQs on How to Maximize Your Space in a Studio Apartment

Where do you place a TV in a studio apartment?

You can use the TV as a room divider or hang it on the wall for a cleaner, more modern look. Just be sure to measure your space. TV stands are good options if you need room for DVDs or other entertainment appliances.

Where do you put bookshelves in a studio apartment?

Beside the bed is one of the best places to put a bookcase in the studio apartment because it’s the most spacious area and will give you easy access to your books. If there isn’t space, put them beside the TV for more decorative purposes.

Final Thought on How to Maximize Your Space in a Studio Apartment

As you can see, maximizing space in your studio apartment is possible. It just takes a little creativity and patience. So, embrace your small living area as an opportunity to develop a new lifestyle with a fresh perspective on life.



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