If you happen to live in an apartment in Marina del Rey, then one of your biggest challenges is probably making room for visitors during the holidays. When family or friends visit, where do they sleep and where do they store their luggage? And what about the holiday parties and dinners you’re hosting? How do you make room for all of your guests? Here are a few ideas for hosting during the holidays, for those of you who live in small spaces.
1. Use Space Savers
To maximize your square footage, Apartment Guide advises using items like vertical shelving, decorative hooks, suspended pot racks in the kitchen, stackable containers in cabinets and flat storage containers under furniture. If you know you’re expecting holiday guests, it’s a great time to get organized with these space spacers. At least you know it will last you 365 days a year.
2. Invest in Multi-Functional Furnishings
This Old House takes space savers to another level; they recommend using multifunctional pieces that are easy to move and tuck away post-party. If you’re spatially challenged, try a tiered buffet server, a folding kitchen island, a folding dinette or a mini bar side table with a door that doubles as a usable shelf.
3. Make Your Biggest Area the Dining Area
If you live in an apartment, you might be tempted to think you can’t host a formal Thanksgiving or holiday dinner. Not so, says the DIY Network. To make space for chairs and tables, plus walking room all the way around, move your dining area to the living room—often your largest space. They suggest moving your living room furniture to another room or garage (if you have it), and renting long six-foot tables, nice fruitwood chairs and linens to create an entirely new dining area. Sure, it’s a lot of work—but so is hosting a party!
For a complete list of Tips on Holiday Entertaining in Small Spaces, click here.