Gotta-Have-It Apartment Gadgets

Author: Alecia Pirulis

In that spirit, here’s a list of great gadgets, perfect for apartment life. Not a single one is a necessity – but they could definitely make life simpler and a lot more fun.

Do you envy people who live in houses with those big solar panels on their roofs? Well, you too can generate power! The Veranda Solar Panel will clip to your windowsill, from the balcony, or to the gutter. It won’t damage your apartment building and you can take it with you when you go – it snaps together quickly. It was developed in 2008 and is a great way to generate your own power. Just be aware that if you live in Seattle, you won’t get the same results as if you lived in Dallas or Orlando. And if you don’t get direct sunlight from your apartment, the Veranda Solar Panels won’t do you a lot of good. But for those who have a bright, sunny window? Generate away!

Are you wishing you had a game room? A place where you could set up a great air-hockey table and have your friends over for tournaments? The Fold-Away Air Hockey Table has a full-length playing surface. Just plug it in and play! And when you are done, fold it up and roll it (it has wheels!) against a wall.

Speaking of having friends over, don’t have them standing around because your small apartment lacks seating — get out your folding accordion couch! If you’ve ever used one of those fold-up party centerpieces, you’ll get the idea behind the Flexible Love couch. It is made of recycled cardboard and opens up like an accordion, giving you flexible seating for up to sixteen people. And when you are done? Fold it up and slide it into a closet or under your bed.

Living in an apartment, you probably sometimes wish your dog could just walk himself. With a doggie treadmill, he could! Put it in front of the television and put on Animal Planet or pop in his very own doggie DVD. (Why not? Television and treadmills are the perfect combination!)

Speaking of dog-friendly apartment-living, get a Wiz Dog and you’ll never have to leave your apartment! This great little gadget takes the wee pad to a whole new level. You’ll never venture out into a rain or snow storm (or in the middle of the night) again!

Appliances can take up a lot of space in a small apartment. Tiny appliances make apartment life easier – especially a countertop dishwasher, which is ideal for apartment renters.

Maybe you move a lot and all of the above gadgets are just more to pack. Ever wish you could put the contents of your entire apartment into one, small box? You can! The Casulo is a modular set-up that contains all the furniture you’ll ever need, from a bed to a desk to a chair, in one small box. It sets up in less than 10 minutes for those who like a Spartan life on the move.

From the silly to the inspired, there are gadgets galore to choose from. Find the ones that make apartment life easier and more fun for you – and enjoy that “wow” factor!