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    29 Useful Products For Anyone Who Lives In A Tiny Apartment

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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:


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


    "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 $17.15+ (available in six styles).

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


    "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 to give you the privacy you've been craving without having to hang dreary-looking curtains.

    "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 worrying about curtains getting in the way of all the toiletries that inevitably end up on my windowsill." —elizabethlilly

    Get it from Amazon for $12.39+ (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).


    "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., Amazon

    "Me and my dad rent a 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 $15.29+ (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.


    "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 $58.81+ (available in four styles).

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


    "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 $346.48+ (available in three colors).

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


    "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 $27.99.

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


    "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 $54.99.

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


    "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).

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

    Pampered Chef

    "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 $19.25.

    12. A two-tiered lazy Susan that'll 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., Amazon

    "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 $16.99.

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


    "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.


    "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 $39.99.

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


    "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 $128 (available in black or white).

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


    "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.


    "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 $60.99+ (available in seven sizes).

    18. A single serve coffee maker you'll be forever grateful for as it'll help keep you caffeinated and won't take up too much of your precious counter space., Amazon

    Promising review: "Easy to clean and maintain. The coffee basket is super easy to empty. Dishwasher safe. Small and compact, not hogging my already limited counter space. The three years we’ve had this unit in our lives, never had a problem with any of them. Durable is absolutely true. This machine on average makes approximately 3–5 cups per machine, per day. Never failed us. Never quit working. Never had any issues." —Kimberly Richards

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available with or without a carafe).

    19. Tasty's One Top smart induction cooktop you can use to both save space and partake in pretty much any form of cooking with the help of the One Top app. So long burnt dinners!


    Promising review: "The cooktop is great but add in all of the features and it is extraordinary. An induction cook top does require a specific kind of cookware but it is easy to find, just take a magnet and if it sticks to the bottom you’re all set. I already own a stove with an induction cook top but since receiving this portable cooktop it’s all I use because of the features. You can download an app and connect to the cooktop via Bluetooth. The app includes instructions on how to operate several different cooking modes. You can use basic cooking, or chose a recipe on your phone and follow he prompts to cook. There is also a sous vide mode which is something I always wanted to try but never had the equipment before. Also Included is temp probe so you can maintain a steady temperature. Clean up is a breeze. Wipe off the cooktop with a cloth or sponge and mild soap. Last and not lease is the portability of the cooktop. Pick it up and off you go to work, a party or a picnic. Remember water boils in about 90 seconds so what is not to love. The cooktop is worth way more than what they are charging. Buy one you won’t regret it." —Debbear

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $214.99.

    20. A mini hot pot that'll let you cook and sauté your favorite meals without the use of a stove — perfect for anyone whose apartment is so small that using the oven turns every room into a sauna.


    Promising review: "Seriously a must have for a quick meal for one/two people- instant ramen is great for this! If you live in an apartment — such a space saver for sure. Sometimes it may be a little difficult to clean as it's all-in-one/attached; but a quick wipe-down does the trick. I will have to try the mug version next." —Championship

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    21. A cup holder for your sofa in case your apartment is SO small you don't have room for a coffee table and you're tired of leaving them on the floor only to be knocked over by your cat., Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm obsessed with this thing. I was skeptical and actually thought maybe it could be a gimmicky kind of thing but man was I wrong. I'm so glad I took the chance. We have a sectional and there's no room for end tables or anything to set my morning coffee on.. This is the perfect solution! It is very solid and sturdy and it also works great. I love that it will hold a regular glass as well as my coffee mug." —Schride

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in four colors).

    22. Twinkling LED curtain string lights that'll add some much-needed brightness to your tiny apartment that is lacking in the windows department.,

    Promising review: "Honestly super beautiful. I’m a college student who just got her first apartment with her boyfriend so we didn’t want to spend lots of money buying lamps so we got these lights to put over our couch and it’s so beautiful and bright. There are different speeds in which the light flashes. Rhere is a fast one that will be great for parties lol, nice blinking lights that transition beautifully from every other light to the other, a subtle blinking ,and a setting where they turn off. It’s very fun and cute." —Daisy

    Get them from Amazon for $15.29.

    23. An over-cabinet hair care tools holder, so you can safely store your straightener, blow dryer, and curling iron without fear of tripping over a jumble of cords in your teeny tiny bathroom., Amazon

    Promising review: "This product did exactly what I needed it to. Before all my items were in a drawer and the cords were a pain, but with this metal basket it minimized clutter, kept things organized and separate, and it also looks nice. It fits two of my blow dryers, a flat iron, and curling wand. The bars are adjustable as well (just use the twisties it comes with to secure them in place, but the basket fit perfectly to my cabinet). Worth the buy. :)" —Alyssa Jewell

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in nine styles).

    24. Vacuum storage bags that'll make storing all of your chunky sweaters a breeze during the summer months — seriously, they magically shrink clothes down to nothing!, Amazon

    I personally have these bags and they have changed my life. As you can imagine, I have a bit of a shopping habit — specifically with sweaters. I'm lucky enough that my in-laws agree to store my clothing, but even with their entire house my chunky, thick, winter garments were taking up TOO much space. We filled these bags to the brim, used a vacuum to suck out all the air, and now all of my clothes fit neatly into a closet. It really is magical.

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes small, medium, large, and jumbo).

    25. A hanging hamper to replace your bulky plastic laundry basket and earn back some coveted floor space.,

    Promising review: "This hamper is great! It fits perfectly on the door, is very unobtrusive in my small bathroom, and is just the right size. The hooks are easy to work with and bend to the right shape so they fit beautifully under the door frame, not impeding the opening and closing of the door at all. The hooks are small, light, and not very noticeable from outside the door. Bag is constructed well. All seams are tight and well sewn." —Frequent Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in five colors).

    26. An over-the-door shoe organizer that'll let you continue to furiously buy adorable shoes you *probably* don't need but at least keep them from taking over your closet.,

    Promising review: "Having no place to store my shoes was driving me nuts, and I was always tripping over shoes. I wasn’t sure if the pockets in the organizer would be large enough for my Crocs, but they fit perfectly when I put the shoes in heel first. I was able to get two pairs of sneakers in the last two sets of pockets as well. The pockets seem to be well made, and I’m confident that this shoe organizer will last." —A. Roach

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

    27. A stainless steel magnetic knife strip to prevent you from accidentally cutting yourself while reaching into your over-packed kitchen drawers and helping you reclaim some of your counter space.


    Promising review: "I purchased this strip to put on the refrigerator. After two failed attempts with commercial mounting Velcro tape, we realized that the back panel comes off. This left a double sided magnetic bar for those who want to use it on metal, without screws. No tape needed. We've had it up for two weeks so far, holding a 7-piece Wustof set with heft, plus shears. No more cumbersome wooden block, and did not have to give up limited drawer space! This is probably the best purchase I've made all year!" —Holly

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    28. A shower curtain with pockets (!!!) that'll store all your shampoos, body washes, razors, etc., and because we all know EVERYTHING is better with pockets.


    Promising review: "I LOVE this shower curtain. I have been buying this curtain for the past six years. If you have a shower that doesn’t have a lot of ledge room for all your stuff, this shower curtain will be your best friend. You can fit so many things inside the pockets! I honestly only use like 4-5 of the pockets. You can also use this as a liner and have another more decorative shower curtain on the outside but I personally use it as a shower curtain. I usually change it every six months because it does start getting a little soap scummy on the bottom. The best shower curtain/liner money can buy!" —DAtkins

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    29. And a toilet paper roll holder with a shelf for your phone and extra storage for TP so you won't have to waste precious cabinet storage space. You'll never find yourself home alone scraping the remaining bits off a finished roll again.


    Promising review: "I have been trying to create a more minimal look in our small bathroom, on a VERY low budget. I’ve mostly used bamboo items, but the only paper holder I found for bamboo cost too much and had a heavy, clunky look. While this is metal, the light color and slim lines let it match well with the bamboo. Also the overall design is efficient and convenient. I highly recommend this upright dispenser." —Deborah L. Klein

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in eight styles).

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