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New (and tiny) loft. Need advice on furniture, decorations, etc

Jeff210Jeff210 Registered User regular
edited November 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Renting a loft in the city, movin out from the homestead. I plan on spending a year renting to get a sense of whether i like living downtown, or uptown. I have experience renting while I was at university, but it was always houses, with others.

I have a desk, and a chair, and a computer. Desk and chair are black ikea. Thats it.

Appliances all come with my baby sized loft. Not included: microwave

I am probably going to steal an old twin sized bed with an black metal frame from my brother as well.

The loft is tiny, 450 sqr feet, has a nice balcony, a nice kitchen with a bar sticking out into the main room, a little mini wall separating the bedroom from the main room, and has beige walls and hardwood floor. There is a closet, and onsuite washer dryer. I will definatly need some sort of furniture to hold my clothes, the more compact the better.

So, I need advice of all shapes and sizes. Can I live without a microwave? What furniture will I need, and from where? What things will I need to buy and have ready before I move in? What kind of decorations should I get and what colours go well with beige walls.

Sorry I can't provide a floor plan.

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    SipexSipex Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Beige goes well with earth tones or cool colours (blues, purples, greens).

    As for furniture? I would recommend a microwave if you don't want to have to cook nearly everything in the oven (ie: taking 30+ mins). They're also pretty handy and I think you'd notice that it was missing after a month. Better yet, go without for a month and see how much it bugs you to not have a microwave then make your decision based on that.

    For compact clothing storage I'd go for a normal dresser (focused on vertical, not horizonal coverage, plus it gives you an extra surface to put stuff), a suitcase (it works, can be moved easily) or storage made for under the bed (not sure where you'd find this these days).

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Vertical space is your friend.
    http://lifehacker.com/people/jfitzpatrick/posts/

    HGTV has a series called Small Space, Big Style. I don't know if they run it still, but maybe clips are on Youtube or something.

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    streeverstreever Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Jeff I haven't owned a microwave in years. I understand why they are needed by most people but find some pre-planning keeps me happy.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Oh, I lived without a microwave for a few years. It's doable but... goddamn am I happy to have one. Left overs are so much easier to make..

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    MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    For all your DVDs and CDs, shelf space is at a premium, so put all the cases (save for maybe a few you want to display) in a box, and keep the discs in a large disc binder on a coffee table or something.

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    streeverstreever Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Yea, I agree Improv--it makes life easier!

    Although a Toaster Oven works really well too. The thing with a toaster oven is you can heat the essential part of things--the meat from a grinder--and then add it to it's bread/etc. Toaster ovens are relatively cheap and don't take up a lot of room...

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    EncEnc A Fool with Compassion Pronouns: He, Him, HisRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Couple of things:

    1) Everything has two uses. I.E. make everything in your house be multi-purposed. Have a sofa? make sure it has a pull out to sleep on, or to have guests sleep on (or just get a nice futon with a storage base and knock out your bed, cd/movie holder, and sofa in one shot). Have your coffee table also be storage.

    2) Up is not just a movie! Buy cheap shelving and keep going up to your ceiling with excess books, movies, games, seldom used clothes, and other junk. Make the most of the vertical space to leave as much as possible.

    3) Plastic stackable storage containers will make your closet area your best friend. You can get these at any mass item store (Walmart, Target, Bed, Bath, &Beyond, etc). They usually are 1 foot tall by 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep. They are great for clothes storage, or for anything you need sealed away.

    4) Use your corners properly. A lot of people think in squares, which really hurts you on space. Get an entertainment center that is designed for a corner, or a desk that does the same. Make use of all that wasted space!

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