Maximize space in creative ways
“I hate ‘transformer’ furniture,” says Pflug. “You know the type: kitchen tables that fold up, benches with storage -- things that prioritize tech over style. And in most cases, it doesn’t do either function that well.”
Instead, Pflug recommends playing creatively with the space you already have. Use drapes hung from the ceiling, for example, to make a closet. And if, like the majority of New Yorkers, you have limited kitchen storage, take advantage of empty vertical space by adding shelves.
Rugs are another item Pflug urges all New Yorkers to buy. They can be layered, moved around, and add warmth and depth to any space. Plus, if your apartment is all one room, a rug can help it feel bigger by designating separate areas -- like the bedroom vs. the living room area. Many NYC lease agreements also have an 80/20 carpeting clause -- requiring renters to carpet or cover 80% of floorspace to reduce noise. Cost Plus World Market (which just opened in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood) is an excellent place to find affordable furniture and decorative, global-inspired pieces, like a hand woven jute area rug ($112) and a Turkish kilim-style carpet made of hand-loomed cotton ($149).