Our Favorite Apartment-Friendly Registry Picks
City dwellers, these gift ideas are for you.
City living can be incredibly wonderful, but it's also notorious for being very cramped. After years of being crammed into bedrooms with only space for a bed or sharing a single bathroom with four other people, moving into an apartment with your significant other—as opposed to a strange—often feels like the greatest luxury. That's true even if the apartment is under five hundred square feet. Of course, the space issue still remains: How do you combine all of your belongings in a small apartment? It's hard enough moving in with your partner and having to decide what stays and what goes (not to mention agreeing on decorating choices) without having to also find a place to put everything.
To add to your apartment woes, if you're also working on your wedding registry, it can be a bit daunting to figure out what will actually fit in your space. Luckily, there are a ton of gift picks out there that are innovative in function and design, allowing you to get the most use out of a single product without taking up a ton of valuable floor or counter space.
Are you two big entertainers but short on room for all of your guests and party essentials? Nesting tables provide extra space for platters and cocktails without the burden of a bulky coffee table. Wish you could register for every kitchen appliance under the sun but have a countertop that also serves as your dining room table? Get a multi-cooker that does it all but takes up a negligible amount of cabinet space. For more of our favorite apartment friendly registry picks, click through and get inspired!
Storage furniture is your best friend when you live in an apartment. Stash all those odds and ends, such as extra throw blankets and winter scarves, in the seat of this cleverly designed chair—out of sight, out of mind (and out of your way).
Kvell "Nordik" Storage Lounge Chair, $300, kvellhome.com.
This pretty blush-colored floor pouf is the perfect solution for extra seating without all the precious floor space a chair takes up. Super tight on square footage? Stash it under a coffee or dining table when you aren't using it.
World Market Blush Abstract Symbols Pouf, $44.99, worldmarket.com.
Storage furniture may be your best friend in a small apartment, but nesting tables are a close runner-up for the title. These pretty marble and gold tables are sure to save you the next time you need to throw an impromptu cocktail party but are ill-prepared in the drink surface department.
West Elm Marble Round Nesting Tables, $399 for a set of 2, westelm.com.
You probably already have a multi-cooker on your registry, but if you don't, we strongly urge you to add this one. Press a couple of buttons and you can make anything from a pressure-cooked full chicken to a big batch of yogurt in one device—no more extra appliances cluttering your cabinets.
Magic Chef 6 Qt. All-In-One Multicooker, $71.57, amazon.com.
This pretty gold and glass console table has a super slim silhouette and two levels of shelves to keep your entryway uncluttered and chic. Win-win!
World Market Glass and Gold Leaf "Rosalyn" Console Table, $299.99, worldmarket.com.
The sad fact of the matter is that living in an apartment often means either limited or (gasp!) no closet space. Register for this wooden clothing rack to keep your clothes streamlined and wrinkle-free.
Urban Outfitters Wooden Clothing Rack, $89, urbanoutfitters.com.
In the same vein of not enough closet real estate, apartment life can also leave you with limited shelf and cabinet space. This super slim rolling cart can work anywhere from your bathroom for toiletries to your kitchen for cleaning supplies and spices.
Yamazaki Home Fit-Anywhere Slim Storage Cart, $60, food52.com.
Like the chicer sister of the retro TV dinner tray tables, this acrylic and gold version can be pulled out when you're entertaining (stand-in bar cart, perhaps?) and then easily folded up and stashed away when the party's over.
CB2 "Novo" Acrylic Folding Table, $149, cb2.com.
These pretty bowls can be used for mixing ingredients or for serving main courses, so you don't need two separate sets of bowls. Plus, they nest together seamlessly so they're easy to store away.
Crate and Barrel "Mosser" Jadeite Mixing Bowls, $70 for a set of 3, crateandbarrel.com.
This baker's rack is a classic for a reason: It can hold all of your kitchen appliances, pots, and pans without taking up much room. The fact that it's so affordable is just an added bonus.
AmazonBasics Baker's Rack, $58.52, amazon.com.
Need a little extra space in your refrigerator? Register for this cute vintage-style mini-fridge. We vote for the blue version for that full retro effect.
Frigidaire Mini Refrigerator, $179, urbanoutfitters.com.
This ladder makes for the perfect towel or throw blanket holder without the bulk of having an extra piece of furniture to store them in. We especially like the wider version as it has a shelf for even more storage options.
Yamazaki Home Steel & Wood Leaning Ladder, starting at $55, food52.com.
We love a bed with drawers under it, but if your apartment is truly tiny, it's possible you won't even have access to one whole side of drawers if it's pushed against the wall. Instead, get these handy storage bags for everything from out-of-season clothes to extra sheets.
Lifewit Large Capacity Under Bed Storage Bag, $16.99 for 2, amazon.com.
Instead of taking up precious closet space with your coats and bags, mount this chic gold rack on your wall. Already have a coat rack you love? Use it in your bathroom for towels instead.
CB2 "Barker" Vertical Wall Mounted Coat Rack, $29.95, cb2.com.
Part of being an adult is taking all of your clothes off those mismatched, clunky hangers you've collected over the years and putting them on uniform slimline hangers like these. Your closet will look much more organized, plus you'll have much more space!
AmazonBasics Velvet Suit Hangers, $16.78 for 50, amazon.com.