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18 space-saving decor ideas for tiny New York apartments

These 18 apartment decor ideas are big on style yet small on space—perfect for cramped New York studios

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With rents rising and square footage of micro apartments shrinking, apartment dwellers in NYC have no choice but to consider space-saving solutions. Thankfully, it’s totally possible to find furniture and decorations that look stylish without taking up much room. Much as we love hunting for vintage picks at street fairs and flea markets in NYC, online shops are still your best bet when space is at a premium. Shop our picks of the best furniture, decorations and small-space solutions, then hit some of the best shops in NYC for the finishing touches.

Space-saving apartment decor ideas

Alemeda Laptop Table
Photograph: Courtesy World Market

Consider skipping the full-size coffee table in favor of a small end table, like this laptop table that easily hovers over the edge of the couch. It’s ideal for getting some work done or snacking in front of the TV.

World Market Alemeda Laptop Table, $59.99 on

Urban Outfitters Wire Wall Grid
Photograph: Courtesy Urban Outfitters

Instead of sticking cards, notes and pictures to the fridge, clip them onto this sleek wire grid and turn it into a decoration. Your CVS coupons never looked so good.

Urban Outfitters Wire Wall Square Grid, $59 on

Mission Back Wood Folding Chair
Photograph: Courtesy Bed Bath and Beyond

Whether you have a traditional railroad apartment or open studio space, you’re going to need a few chairs. Pick up a few sturdy folding chairs that you can pop out for when guests come over, but easily tuck away when you don’t need them.

Mission Back Wood Folding Chair, $49.99 on

Andover Mills Terrell Kitchen Island
Photograph: Courtesy Wayfair

New York City kitchens aren’t known for an abundance of counter space. The top of this mobile island works like a butcher block, while the shallow drawer and large compartment add more storage. It even includes a towel rack and shelf on the sides for extra utility.

Andover Mills Terrell Kitchen Island, $87.99 on

ESTAX Clothes Organizer
Photograph: Courtesy Amazon

Mom wasn’t wrong: A messy pile of clothes really does take up more room than a neat stack. This recycled plastic organizer helps you stack perfectly folded shirts and keeps them tidy even when you pull one from the middle. It’s cleanliness magic.

ESTAX Clothes Organizer, $21.99 on

Anthropologie Crosshatch Wine Rack
Photograph: Courtesy Anthropologie

Slide several bottles of wine into the stitched leather pockets on this hanging wine rack for easy storage. Not only does it make great use of vertical space, but it’s also quite a conversation piece.

Anthropologie Crosshatch Wine Rack, $98 on

DOKEHOM Collapsible Laundry Basket
Photograph: Courtesy Amazon

No matter how tiny your bedroom is, a hamper is essential. Buy a lightweight cotton option that you can collapse when you’re not using it. This one also comes with a drawstring closure, so you can easily tie up the bag and carry it down to the laundry room.

DOKEHOM Collapsible Laundry Basket, $14.99 on

Joss and Main Peirce Wall Rack
Photograph: Courtesy Joss and Main

A good coat rack is a must if you live with roommates. Even if you’re riding solo, having a designated place to hang any and all coats, jackets and bags keeps you from dropping them aimlessly around your apartment.

Joss and Main Peirce Wall Rack, $41.99 on

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