Homes come in all shapes and sizes. With townhouses, condos, and apartment living on the rise, many living spaces are getting smaller. But just because you find yourself in a small space doesn’t mean that your space has to feel small. Here are a few useful tips to help you live large in your small space:
Time To Get Organized
One of the most overwhelming aspects of living in a small space is discovering that you have way more stuff than you have places to put it. Mountains of stuff. Stuff you didn’t even know you had. And when you’re living in a small space, the last thing you need to worry about is clutter. Thankfully, there is an easy solution to that problem: storage furniture.
The trick with using storage furniture to de-clutter a space is to find a piece that serves more than one function. It can’t just be a place to store things; it needs another purpose on top of that. With that in mind, one of the best small-space storage solutions is a storage bench. It can add extra seating in a living room or bedroom while also providing a place to stash away your extra stuff. Kirkland’s carries several different styles of storage benches, from seating with hidden storage to modest wood benches with wicker baskets underneath.
Other storage furniture options that can maximize your space include multifunctional jewelry armoire mirrors, perfect for hiding away your most precious accessories; consoles and coffee tables with drawers and under-table shelving; and storage cabinets that can double as consoles or entryway tables. The possibilities are endless!
When faced with a small living space, it’s easy to start thinking about divvying up that space into as many “zones” as possible. After all, why have just a living room when—with a few strategically placed room dividers—you can have a living room, an office, a dining area, and a foyer? Here’s why: mazes generally don’t make very comfortable living spaces. Luckily, there is a solution to this problem: embrace a more open layout.
Room dividers like screens and bookshelves can cubicle-ize your space in a hurry, ultimately leaving you feeling boxed-in. Instead of adding faux walls to divide the room, section off your space with area rugs. This keeps your work zones, dining zones, and entertaining zones intact without sacrificing the open layout that’s going to be crucial in keeping your small space a little less confining.
Add A Little Breathing Room
We’ve often been told that one trick to expanding the space in a living room is to add a variety of seating options. While this can be true, it can also present a problem. While having more places to sit is always a benefit, that benefit is lost when it means it means leaving no room to walk. The solution? Be selective in your seating.
Instead of using bulkier furniture like overstuffed sofas and loveseats, try populating a room with slimmer profile seats like armless slipper and accent chairs. Multiple chairs offer more arrangement options than a large sofa, and they can always be stowed away in another room (or a spacious closet, if you’re lucky enough to have one) if you need more space for an event. For footrests and additional seating, consider small ottomans (bonus points for storage ottomans!).
Also, don’t be afraid to try various table and chair layouts with your smaller scale furniture. Sometimes, creating more space can be as simple as rearranging the room. You might not get the optimum traffic flow on the first try—or the second, third, or tenth, for that matter—but just keep at it, and you’ll have more breathing room in no time.
Come back next Monday for Part 2 of this article and even more space-saving home decorating tips!