If you're renting out a small furnished apartment with limited space, you don't want potential tenants to feel it's lacking storage options. When choosing furniture pieces and shelving for the unit, get creative with the space solutions to attract the most renters.
Apartments usually feature a closet in each bedroom and bathroom, but may not offer much for storage space than that. After filling the closets with clothes, shoes, towels, and other household items, your renters may not have room for much else. By including a few built-in options, you'll make your rental more attractive in a competitive market.
When touring the apartment, tenants may wonder where they can store the items they don't use on a daily basis, such as family heirlooms, photo albums, collections, and other sentimental items. Seasonal belongings, including Christmas and other holiday decorations, can also present a storage headache.
The good news is that with a little creativity, you can find furniture pieces that work double duty as storage, as well as install shelving units that take up little space, since it's already at premium in the rental. Following are some ideas for creating the space your future renters will appreciate.
1. Trunks and Chests
If you're an antique collector, you may already have a vintage trunk or two, but are worried they will take up too much space in the rental home. They can come in handy, because not only will they give the apartment a warm, rustic appeal, tenants can fill them with things they don't use year-round, such as heavy blankets, holiday decor, and winter coats and sweaters.
They can also put them to work as seating elements. For instance, top a trunk with soft cushions and place it at the end of a bed as a place for renters to relax and lounge. You can also put one in the entranceway as a place to sit and take shoes on and off.
2. Desk Shelves
Although the apartment may not have room for a home office, you can transform a corner of one bedroom or living room into a workspace. Above the desk, hang a cube-style shelving unit that looks sleek as it holds important documents and books. This feature will be especially attractive to renters who work from home.
To make the unit look more decorative, use a few cubes for displaying picture frames, flower vases, or artwork. You can also use coordinating storage baskets inside the cubes to conceal any clutter.
3. Under-Bed Storage
Maximize every inch of your rental by investing in a bed frame that features built-in shelves. Tenants can use the out-of-the-way storage to hold books, toys, mementos, records, or anything else they don't have room for.
The under-bed storage space can be left in view or conveniently covered with a bedspread or quilt.