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    17 Things You Need If You Live In A Tiny Apartment

    I finally understand how people make it ~work~ living in those tiny homes on HGTV.

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the best thing they ever bought for their tiny apartment. Here are their truly game-changing suggestions:

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    1. An ottoman that doubles as a footstool, storage space, end table, and snack tray — it's what furniture dreams are made of, essentially.

    Amazon

    "I bought an ottoman (ok, actually like six) that are storage containers. Each box has a purpose and I can stuff all my crap in them but they still look stylish and are comfy to sit on when I have guests!" —pandabear14

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99+ (available in three colors).

    2. A handy utility cart, so you'll finally have a place to stash various knickknacks but make it ~decor~.

    Ikea

    "A Sunnersta utility cart from Ikea — 30 bucks! It’s tall and has three good-sized shelves, but is narrow enough that I can have it in my front hall without it being in the way. We needed a place for mail, loose change, and secondary storage for things like board games. I also hung a couple stainless shower-curtain hooks off the side so my daughter has a place for her jacket and backpack and I have a place for my purse." —michellecarpentierp

    Get it from Ikea for $29.99.

    3. A sheet of decorative window film that will give you the privacy you've been craving without having to hang dreary-looking curtains.

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    "Patterned window film is a total game-changer. I've used it to gain some privacy on a window with a window unit installed that made using curtains impossible. I also use it in my bathroom so I get alllll the natural light without worry about curtains getting in the way of all the toiletries that inevitably end up on my windowsill." —elizabethlilly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98+ (available in two sizes).

    4. A space-saving rack for cups and mugs, because you might as well put your affinity for cute teacups on display (and leave the cabinets free to house wineglasses).

    Amazon

    "A rack for cups and mugs!!! You can put cups, glasses, and mugs on it. You just screw it into the wall and it saves you 27 spaces in your cabinet or on your counter." —taylorw451aee417

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three colors).

    5. A set of wall-mounted shelves to help remove clutter from your bookcase/dresser/floor and make your room look organized at the same time.

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    "Me and my dad rent an maisonette together and he uses the downstairs for himself (I'm only home a couple of hours a day and he's there most of the time so it was a mutual agreement). Which means all my belongings are in my bedroom. I have multiple things that save space. My desk has multiple shelves and drawers, my TV cabinet has a couple of wide shelves, and my bookshelf is extra tall so I can store other things in it as well as books. My favorite space-saver, though, is my wall-mounted shelves. They are very handy to have when you're running out of floor space, and they look great!" —carolinevicmurphy2

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $14.98+ (available in five colors).

    6. A kitchen cart with a chrome steel frame and wooden top that doubles as a shelf and a cutting board, perfect for maximizing space in that teeny-tiny cooking space of yours.

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    "The best thing I bought for my tiny studio apartment is a metal kitchen cart with a wooden top that can be used as a cutting board. I have 1.5 square feet of counter space and I love to cook for myself, so having this cart double my workspace is a huge win. And I can store pots and pans on the lower shelves!" —lizofthestormlands

    Get it from Amazon for $45+ (available in four sizes).

    7. A toaster oven that will save you time and effort when you want to heat up last night's leftover pizza.

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    "A toaster oven instead of a toaster. You can still toast things with it, but you can also cook small things with it instead of heating up the whole oven. It doesn’t take up much more space than a toaster and it’s so much more convenient." —amandatory

    Get it from Amazon for $199.99+ (available in stainless steel and black).

    8. A rolling storage cart to provide organization in cramped spaces like your bathroom or kitchen.

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    "I love the rolling storage carts that fit in small places! I got this five-shelf one and it fits between my fridge and my wall. Now it feels like I have a real pantry!" —aryna2

    Get it from Amazon for $23.60.

    9. A five-piece set of magnetic containers essential for any indecisive decorator who likes to ~mix~ things up in their room every now and then.

    Wayfair

    "I have a vanity/desk in my room to save space and hate having clutter on top of it. I bought this so I could take advantage of the sides of the desk. I stuck the pieces to either side with a Command strip (so it won't ruin the desk) and organized papers/magazines/notebooks on one side and makeup brushes and other miscellaneous things on the other. I also love that the storage containers are magnetic, so I can move them around if I ever decide to rearrange." —Abby Kass

    Get it from Wayfair for $50.99.

    10. A single measuring cup to replace the pile of mismatched cups and spoons you've been hoarding in the cabinet under your sink.

    Amazon

    "Pampered Chef Measure-All Cup! I live abroad and change apartments about every 10 months. Cups, mL, tbsp — this has it all. I can’t even put into words how amazing this gadget is. Thx, Mom." —kristenb4332f2acb

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    11. A two-tiered lazy Susan that will help you keep track of all your spices, thus preventing you from buying yet another jar of cinnamon when there's already one hiding in the back of your cabinet.

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    "My roommates and I each have one pantry shelf and for some reason I have the top, which means I can't really see behind the first row of food. I bought this lazy Susan and it's been such a help." —hannam9

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. A cube organizer, perfect for anyone who has a lot of odds and ends they'd like to display in their minuscule living room.

    Walmart

    "I bought one of the Better Homes and Gardens eight-cube organizers from Walmart to use as an entertainment center. I have two of the cube storage boxes inside it and it’s perfect!!! I decorate the cubes with cute stuff for the holidays and then I have the two storage boxes to put stuff in!" —nikkiroo

    Get it from Walmart for $79 (available in eight colors).

    13. A Chromecast and Premium Spotify subscription that will let you blast "Thank u, Next" from every inch of your teeny home.

    Walmart

    "My Chromecast and Unlimited Spotify (and passwords to about every streaming app, hehe) make it super easy to blast my music across my apartment or watch whatever I want. I don't need a huge entertainment system in my one-bedroom NYC apartment, but I'd live and die for my Chromecast." —elizabethlilly

    Get the Google Chromecast from Walmart for $35 and Premium Spotify subscription for $9.99 a month.

    14. A mounted wall table you can fold up and down as needed — it's inventive and pretty freakin' amazing.

    Amazon

    "It’s not so much a purchase as it is something I built. But I’ve seen ones pre-made online that you can buy and install! It’s a wall-mounted fold-down table/counter. My apartment is tiny, especially the kitchen! There’s no room for a dining table, and it only came with about 2.5 feet of counter space. This thing sits flat on the wall when not in use, and folds down to counter height. I use it to prep food like a counter, saving those 2.5 precious feet for my coffee maker and toaster. With a couple of barstools it makes a great table to sit at and enjoy a meal. When not using it, I fold it up, and voila! Instant floor space. My number one tip for tiny apartment living: Utilize your walls and vertical space!" —somethingtangible

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99+ (available in nine styles).

    15. A stationary vacuum, so you can do all of your cleaning without using precious space to house a big, bulky vacuum.

    Amazon

    "Our apartment has all hardwood and we have dogs, so I have to sweep constantly. I got the Eye-Vac last year and I love it. Just turn it on and sweep everything into it. No more big vacuum, and no bending over to use a dustpan." —amandal493b7ea41

    Get it from Amazon for $77+ (available in black or white).

    16. A collapsible wooden table that has SIX drawers for all the kitchen storage you could hope for.

    Ikea

    "A folding wooden table with drawers from Ikea. My kitchen didn't have nearly enough storage and I love to entertain, but couldn't really have a permanent dining table. This thing fixed both problems! The drawers are super deep and can fit most kitchen utensils, and with both wings up, I could squeeze a bunch of friends in for a home-cooked meal!" —bailsthewiggle

    Disclaimer: I also have this table and have never received so many compliments on a single piece of furniture. I have the drawers filled to the brim with various items like pens, stamps, tape, dish towels, etc. It's probably the most useful thing I own.

    Get it from Ikea for $199.99.

    17. A high-rise bed frame, so you'll finally have an acceptable space to stash your suitcase, holiday decorations, and that rug you and your roomie can't decide whether you want to use or not.

    Amazon

    "This bed frame gives my bed a serious boost so I can stuff my suitcases full of out-of-season clothes and spare linens and then easily shove them underneath my bed. And it's sturdy enough to keep my latex mattress just right without a box spring. Yes it may be unsightly, but I just disguise it with a dust ruffle."—elizabethlilly

    Get it from Amazon for $54.10+ (available in seven sizes).

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