Planning Furniture for Small Living Spaces

The tide has finally turned, and the odds are in your favor. Somehow, you have pulled it off. You’ve finally found the perfect apartment. It’s near your favorite restaurants (and your favorite bar), it’s a short commute to campus or work, and that coffee shop on the corner makes the best mocha to get your morning started off right. Now you want to show it off to your friends and family. But how do you get the prime entertainment spot when you don’t have enough space for all of your things?

Creating the perfect apartment furniture design is no small feat—especially if there is minimal space to work with. But rest assured it is not impossible. Here are a few tips to help you out while you’re agonizing over what to buy and where to put it.


Size Matters.Whether you go big or you go small, the size of your furniture matters. If you like to keep things simple, a large, oversized sofa or chair is perfect for giving the illusion of a larger room, especially if you keep the walls and floor space bare around it. On the flip side, smaller furniture allows you to leave that space around your room without relying on illusion. But be careful; too much small furniture can leave your room feeling cramped and cluttered.

Be Bold. Bright colors or patterned fabrics can breathe life into a room, making it look and feel bigger. Be brave. Buy those crazy pillows. Paint a wall red or bright blue. Then contrast that color your friends will be jealous of with light hues such as white, beige, or tan. If your space is already done in light colors, add some plants for that splash of color.

Create the illusion of space. Sometimes with small spaces, it’s more about what you think you’re seeing than reality. Illusion is your friend. Make sure you have great lighting. Bright lights can open up a room. Put some mirrors on the wall to trick the eye into seeing something bigger. Hang your curtains or artwork high to make the room look taller. Pair that with low furniture, and you’ve doubled the size of the room. You can also float your furniture, situating it in the middle of the room. This little trick makes it look like there’s more room than there is. It also makes a great focal point.

When in doubt, store it. One of the biggest problems with a tight space is finding a place to put everything. Clutter is an easy way to make a room feel small. The solution? Storage! Whether it’s furniture with built-in storage, lots of shelves, or dividing up drawers in an oversize dresser to keep everything out of sight, storage is a necessity.


Trying to fit an entire life into a small space and still making it look nice isn’t easy, but if you do it right, even the smallest apartment can feel like home.


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