In our “Small-Space Hacks” series, you’ll find stylish solutions for tiny spaces as well as tricky areas that often get overlooked in the home. Not your typical DIY projects, these “hacks” involve simply rethinking furniture with a little ingenuity to create spaces that enhance your daily life.
This week we show you great ways to make the most of a compact living room. Here are a few of our favorite tricks to turn your living room into a functional and inviting space that’s big on comfort and style.
Choose Flexible Furnishings
Furnishings that are flexible and versatile in use are great options for making the most out of smalls paces.
A good place to start is to ask yourself what you’ll be using your space for. Will you host friends and family visitors often? If so, consider a sleeper sofa that’s a stylish seat by day and a comfy bed at night.
If you live in a studio and want to divide up your small space, consider using a bookcase as a room divider.
Ottomans or stools also double as side tables, and poufs can work double-time as foot rests or extra seating.
Choose Smart Storage
Being strategic with your storage is essential in a small living space.
Bring in furnishings that incorporate storage, like a coffee table with drawers or tiered shelving, a trunk that can double as a side table, or ottomans that allow you to stow books, blankets, and other small accents within.
Moreover, take advantage of your walls (and save floor space) by adding shelving. Or, opt for a narrow bookcase that provides you with lots of vertical storage.
Choose Designs That Open Up Your Space
Another great trick for small space living is to incorporate furniture that is not only functional, but also makes your space look larger and more open.
Pieces with slender silhouettes and open bases are great choices to help minimize the visual clutter than can easily accumulate in small living rooms..
Sofas on tall, tapered legs create the illusion of an open and airy look, rather than heavy, dense options that sit directly on the floor. Likewise, chairs with open or slatted backs and tables with open bases, will provide the same sense of openness and give the illusion of more space in the room.
Choose Mirrored and Glass Accents
Play up the illusion of a large and open small living room by deploying a few mirrored pieces and glass-top tables.
Hanging a large mirror can help to expand the perspective in a small space and make the room seem more spacious. Try one above your sofa as a way to reflect more light through the room.
Glass-top tables also have a way of opening up a room. Consider a dining table with a glass surface, or even a coffee table option to keep your small space feeling light and airy.
Choose the Right Size Rug
Finding a rug that is the right size for your small space is a surefire way to keep your space from appearing smaller and add major comfort.
Make sure to take measurements of your room, and avoid picking a rug that’s too big (it will overwhelm the space) or too small (it will look awkwardly out of place).
A good rule of thumb is to find a rug that can define your seating area—one that’s big enough for your coffee table to stand on top as well as the front legs of your sofa and chairs.
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