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10 Small Bedroom Design Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Space

Small apartments and homes, by nature, often have small bedrooms. And these small bedrooms are often difficult to design. How big of a bed can you squeeze in without it feeling like it’s taking up the whole room? A bedside table on both sides of the bed or just one? What additional furniture fits in the room and how can you create a space that’s both practical and beautiful? With small bedrooms, the design challenges stack up.

And with all of the extended time at home this spring, your small bedroom is probably feeling even smaller. But don’t worry. We have a ton of tips and ideas for small bedrooms that you can put to work in bedroom designs of all shapes and sizes. And today we’re going to help you create a bedroom that’s functional and will help you make the most of your small space! Keep reading for our top 10 small bedroom design ideas, tips, and tricks.

 small bedroom design1. Make the Most of Your Square Footage

In small spaces, it’s important to maximize space by choosing multi-purpose furniture pieces. One of our favorite design hacks for small bedrooms is doubling the use of a desk by also using it as a vanity! Depending on your layout, you could also potentially use that same piece as a nightstand. Getting so much use out of one piece of furniture will save you valuable space and help you make the most of your square footage. This is especially great for rooms that function as both a space to get ready and a workspace—something we’re seeing a lot more of right now!

Choosing a desk with drawers will give you extra storage space in your room, whether for office supplies or personal care items. Add a lamp for multi-purpose task lighting, tabletop office supply storage for your workspace, and a mirror above the desk for getting ready. Then, all that’s left is picking out a comfortable desk chair, which conveniently also creates another seating option in your bedroom! Or, if you don’t want to keep every square inch of floor space available, opt for a stool that can be pushed under your desk when not in use.

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2. Let Natural Light In

In a small space, it’s important to let as much natural light into the space as possible. Natural light always makes a room feel larger, airier, and less cluttered. With views of the outdoors, it will help open up your bedroom, giving it the illusion of more space and helping it feel less visually cramped.

And with a small bedroom, don’t mask windows in heavy and large drapery. Use curtains or blinds when you need them, but leave them open whenever you can and let all that natural light come in! And, if ceiling height allows it, hang your curtains a couple inches above your window frames. This will add height and help draw the eye up, which will also help your room feel larger!

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3. Save Floor Space

Another great design idea for small bedrooms? Opting for a nightstand that’s attached to the wall instead of sitting on the floor. This option provides you with the storage space and tabletop convenience of a nightstand with a minimal form. And with the floor space you’ll save, you can add more fluid storage options underneath, like baskets and hampers—or even a stool or pouf! Wall-mounted nightstands can also be narrower than a typical nightstand, which is great for when you have only a small amount of space between your bed and the wall.

And this approach is actually something you can DIY. You could use a simple shelf or hang a drawer, like in the image above. Either way, you’re left with a clean and modern look. You can also customize the height, going lower for platform beds or higher for taller beds. Opt for a sconce rather than a table lamp, and it provides the perfect surface for a photo, plants, candles, and whatever else you like having close at hand!

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4. Don’t Clutter Up Surfaces

One of our key small bedroom ideas—or should we say rules, because this one is an absolute necessity—is to make sure surfaces like nightstands, dressers, and even the floor aren’t cluttered. We always want to avoid clutter, but it’s especially important in small bedrooms! At the same time, having ample light is essential in a small room, and you want to be able to have task lighting right where you need it. That’s why wall sconces are a great light source instead of table or floor lamps. They provide much-needed light near your bed, over a reading nook, or by a vanity—with the added benefit that they don’t clutter up floor or surface space.

And don’t worry, sconces don’t have to be complicated. Plug-in sconces don’t need to be hardwired. In fact, they hang just like a picture frame, making them great options for both small bedrooms and rentals.

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5. Use Vertical Space

Maximize the potential in your bedroom by creating storage vertically, not horizontally. Because when you have a small room, you’ll want to utilize vertical space to free up as much valuable floor space as possible. This helps your room be less cluttered, makes it easier to walk around, and creates better flow in the room.

There are many different ways you can create vertical storage. The most obvious is probably a bookcase, ideally a wall-mounted one that will save even more floor space. And, other than books, you can also fill the shelves with decorative objects and other daily items that you use. But another way to create some vertical storage is by choosing a tall and skinny wardrobe or dresser, for ample clothing storage space. Whatever you go for, the key is to draw the eye upward.

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6. Go Dual-Purpose

A storage bench is another one of our favorite dual-purpose ideas for bedrooms, because it adds hidden storage in a stylish facade. In a storage bench like the one pictured above, you could store anything from shoes or clothes to linens and books. And the dual-purpose of this piece isn’t just its stylish good looks. It, of course, also offers a seating option in your room. And if you don’t have space at the end of your bed, we also love the idea of a bench in front of a window, as a makeshift window seat!

And when it comes to style, these pieces are versatile. Storage benches come in any style and shape, so there’s one for just about any room shape. And with all the upholstery options available, it’s also a great way to add a pop of color and texture to your bedroom!

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7. Reflect Natural Light

One of our simplest small bedroom ideas? Add a mirror or two to your room. Mirrors are an amazing design solution in small spaces. They reflect the light of the room they’re in, giving the illusion of there being more light in space. This is especially great in bedrooms with few windows! They are also a great way to add wall decor and style while still being practical and functional.

We love placing small mirrors above dressers—where you can create a pseudo vanity. Large floor or wall-mounted mirrors are great for getting dressed, as a space for doing your hair and makeup, for photographing your #ootd, and generally making your room appear larger! Overall, whatever the size, mirrors are an easy way to add style and flair to a bedroom without adding clutter to the small space.

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8. Float Some Storage

If you don’t have room for a full bookcase but still want to maximize your vertical square footage, floating shelves are a great option for small bedrooms. They offer a surface to display decorative objects, photos, books, and plants, giving your space to show off your personality.

Floating shelves can be installed over a dresser, in any awkward nooks your bedroom might have, or even over your bed. They’re especially great in rooms with tall ceilings, as you can take advantage of the height to maximize space. And they’re not just for modern or industrial spaces! Floating shelves come in all different styles. Just remember that anchoring shelves to the wall makes it a more permanent fixture in the room. So, if you’re someone who likes to regularly rearrange or redesign your room, this might not be the best option for you!

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9. Use a Chest as a Nightstand

Instead of a typical nightstand, why not use a chest of drawers at your bedside table? Doing this maximizes the space next to bed for storage purposes (as dressers provide more storage than a typical nightstand) and adds double function. You’ll have storage for clothing and a nightstand surface next to bed, all in one piece of furniture!

The best way to achieve this is by choosing a chest that isn’t too tall. Something that sits at about the height of your mattress or a few inches taller is just right. You also want to make sure it’s not too deep, as it can make getting in and out of bed a bit awkward!

This is a great design option if you only have one side of bed available for a nightstand—or you could even do a nightstand on one side and a chest of drawers on the other, for balance! The main thing when taking this approach is to make sure you have enough space to open drawers and that you can easily access the chest for storage purposes.

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10. Opt For A Storage Bed

Here’s one more small bedroom idea to maximize storage space: a storage bed. It offers that double functionality that we love by combining two pieces of furniture—a bed and a dresser—into one. This is a great option because it doesn’t take up additional floor space. It’s the same size as a normal bed but adds ample storage. This eliminates the need for a separate dresser and is also great if you have a small closet.

Just make sure you have space around all sides of your bed to be able to access the drawers and fully pull them out. And if you don’t have an actual built-in storage bed and don’t want to get a new one, you can always slide baskets or storage drawers under your existing bed if it’s lifted off the floor! This is a great option for kids and adults alike, as you can buy storage beds in all sizes!

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Great Layout Guide: 2 Layout Ideas for a Living Room in a Small Apartment

small living room layoutIn our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a small living room layout, with two multipurpose designs that save space and look good.

The Space: A small living room in a city apartment

The Style: Southwestern Chic

The Challenge: Creating a multipurpose living room layout that saves space and looks good.

When it comes to decorating a home, the blank space of a living room can feel like a very daunting challenge. Creating a space where you can chill out on your own or with family, entertain guests, watch TV, display art and photos, find room for storage, etc. takes some serious strategizing!

And if your living room is on the smaller side, then you have to be even craftier in your design work. A super tiny space, like a city apartment for instance, requires a small living room layout that checks all these boxes. Read on for our guide to designing a multi-purpose small living room layout that saves space and looks good.

small living room layoutLayout #1: Entertainment Layout

This small living room layout is all about entertaining. The design allows for open traffic flow into the room and leaves plenty of space to navigate around furniture. Instead of a coffee table, we used two poufs for the centerpiece of the room. They can double as a footrest, extra seating or a coffee table. The sofa has a clever built-in arm/side table so you don’t have to bother with an extra piece of furniture. And the wall-mounted desk/bookcase offers plenty of space-saving storage, leaving the floor free.

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Key Elements in This Small Living Room Layout for Entertaining

Ample Seating: This layout features a large, cozy sofa and a deep armchair as the traditional seating options. But the two poufs centered as a coffee table can also be split apart and used as additional seats for when extra guests swing by.

Optical Illusions: Both the mirror and the open-base furniture are great small space hacks. The mirror makes the room look much bigger. And open, airy furniture creates a sense that space is larger because it’s not bulky or visually heavy.

Chic Style: The Southwest chic style is trendy and very small space savvy! White walls and a light wood floor help keep the space feeling minimal, clean and uncluttered. And the exposed brick, neutral accessories and natural materials give it a warm, welcoming quality.

Can an Entertaining Layout Work in Your Small Living Room? Yes if You…

  • Love to entertain and want to easily make room for more visitors
  • Prefer a conversational area over TV viewing
  • Enjoy a sparse, beautiful and clutter-free space
  • Want your space to feel cozy and warm

small living room layoutLayout #2: TV Viewing Layout

Design #2 is a multi-purpose small living room layout with an emphasis on TV viewing. The sofa fits perfectly against the back wall so it doesn’t take up extra floor space by jutting out. Having the TV mounted against the wall directly across from the TV is optimal for viewing and also saves space. This layout offers a cozy spot for you to kick back and see what’s new on Netflix.

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Key Elements in This Small Living Room Layout for TV Viewing

TV Viewing Space: In this small living room layout, the sofa is positioned so it faces the TV and offers prime viewing ability. You can stretch out on the sofa and use the tucked away pouf as extra seating when needed.

Smart Storage: The large credenza under the TV provides tons of extra storage inside the small living room. Because the TV is mounted on the wall, it leaves room for such a large furniture item below it so you can make sure all your excess clutter is hidden away.

Fun Furniture: The small coffee table is perfect for this room because it is big enough to hold decor, beverages, remotes, etc. but it also doesn’t take up a ton of floor space—something important in a small room! The credenza doubles up as storage and the stylish pouf can be used for extra seating but also tucks away under the coffee table when you’re not using it.

Can a TV Viewing Layout Work in Your Small Living Room? Yes if You…

  • Love a cozy space to watch TV
  • Live alone or don’t need a lot of extra seating
  • Need your space to be beautiful and clutter-free
  • Love a sparse, minimalist design with a cool and relaxing vibe

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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate TV Viewing Party Layout Guide

small living room layout with a TVWith game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) requires a TV (duh), enough places to sit, a spread of delicious snacks, and great company. But what if you live in a small space? Finding a small living room layout with a TV can be a challenge.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and adorning your space with Pinterest-worthy decorations, we’re rounding up some of our favorite TV viewing layout hacks. No matter if your space is large or tiny, these small living room layout ideas will make sure space is red carpet-ready before your guests arrive.

Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.

small living room layout with a TV1. Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, ample seating is fundamental to any great TV viewing party. These tips will help you get the most booties in chairs without adding clutter.

Backless seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need.

Create movie theater rows:

Just like group photos, place lower seats in the front and taller ones in the back. This will help ensure everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. Clear stools are especially great in small spaces, as they help reduce visual clutter.

small living room layout with a TV2. Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have seating aplenty, you’ll likely want some surfaces to go with it. Instead of buying more tables, repurpose what you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important.

Try two smaller coffee tables in your space instead of one large one (or consider if you need a coffee table at all). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table. Ensure your pouf can go the extra mile, and look for one that’s substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A console table hidden behind your sofa is a sneaky way to add extra storage to a small space. But for special TV viewing occasions, try relocating your console table to an open wall. You can use it as an impromptu buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks.

Open bar (cart):

Who doesn’t love a good bar cart? If you’re in the market, consider one on wheels which you can use as a mobile drink station. Easily wheel it out of the kitchen to serve drinks, and slide it away when you need the extra space.

small living room layout with a TV3. Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small living room layout with a TV work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. Floor pillows are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need it.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large, reflective surface to make things look larger! Not great for your pores, but perfect for your living room.

Try hanging a large mirror above your sofa to help open up your room. Or embrace a more glam style with mirrored furniture, like a side or coffee table.

 

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You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices.

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Layout Guide: 1 Narrow Living Room, 2 Perfectly Comfy Designs

In our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout ideas and solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a narrow living room to work for lounging and entertaining.

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Narrow Living Room Layout Ideas

The Space:  A 12’ x 24’ narrow living room that gets lots of light and is the main spot for relaxing and entertaining.

The Challenge:  Maximizing the small and narrow space to accommodate a comfortable sofa for lounging and watching TV. There also needs to be a dining area for entertaining, but the two spaces should feel distinct from each other.

Idea #1: The Laid-Back Lounge Layoutnarrow living room

Layout idea #1 puts emphasis on a comfortable main living area with lots of small-space seating. The layout creates a lounge-y vibe inside the narrow living room and encourages conversation as well as TV watching. The design features lots of versatile pieces and can easily be rearranged for different uses. A compact dining set-up near the kitchen makes for a great spot for low-key entertaining with a few guests.

With this layout approach, entertaining is centered around the main sofa area while the mix of small space-friendly furnishings help create a cozy feel in the room.

narrow living roomWhy It Works:

  • The custom sofa fits perfectly along the shorter wall and makes the most of the narrow living room.
  • The round table is perfect for the small dining area right by the kitchen counter. This layout creates a natural flow that’s great for hosting sit-down dinners.
  • There’s lots of extra versatile seating that can be moved around. The petite side chairs by the windows are easy to rearrange and the poufs can even pinch-hit as footstools or cocktail tables.
  • It’s easy to create multiple focal points with art in the room’s different “zones.” Hang art and wall decor that go with each space and add major visual interest.

narrow living roomThis is Great If You…

  • Like a space with a more laid-back seating area that’s conducive to conversation and cocktail gatherings.
  • Prefer a living space where the main focus isn’t always the TV.
  • Usually only have a few people over at a time and enjoy smaller gatherings and dinners.
  • Need a space that’s compact but flexible with versatile furnishings that are easy to move around and swap out over time.

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Idea #2: The Formal Entertaining Layoutnarrow living room

Layout idea #2 takes lounging and entertaining into full consideration. Dedicated living and dining areas can comfortably accommodate a big crowd. The furnishings are arranged in a more formal manner with a very open flow that optimizes the narrow living room for TV viewing.

In this layout, the furniture setup gives the illusion that the space is larger than it seems since it includes a true dining space as well as a large TV console that fits perfectly across from the seating area.

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Why It Works:

  • We arranged the sofa along the longer wall, which gives the seating area a roomier feel and a more open flow.
  • The large glass-top dining table seats six and provides a formal entertaining space in the apartment — even if it’s slightly farther away from the kitchen in this layout.
  • We positioned the TV console directly across from the seating area here, making the space perfect for movie nights and lots of Netflix binges with friends.
  • Fewer but larger pieces give the space a more decorated look and feel.

narrow living roomThis is Great If You…

  • Are all about having friends over whenever you can for movie marathons and Bachelorette viewing parties.
  • Love long affair dinner parties that start with cocktails and move on to a multi-course meal.
  • Want a space that has a more grown-up aesthetic with investment pieces that have a timeless quality to them.
  • Like a space where everything has its designated place and purpose — but still looks stylish and uncluttered.

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Small-Space Hacks: 5 Ideas for Small Entryways

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.

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This week we show you great small entryway ideas that can make the most of a pint-sized space. Here are our 5 of our favorite tricks to turn your entryway into a welcoming checkpoint and functional storage spot.

Optimize Your Space With These 5 Small Entryway Ideas

small entryway ideas1. If you need extra storage…

Center your entry with a dresser with deep drawers for increased storage options. This is a great way to deal with storage overflow from other areas in your home where square footage is at a premium. Stash winter coats, extra pillows and big throws in the lower compartments and use the dresser’s upper storage for more practical daily items, such as books, scarves, hats, and even takeout menus.

You can easily round out the look of the overall space by adding personal art and objects along with a stylish table lamp on the dresser surface. And don’t underestimate the beauty of umbrella stands, which can double as sculptural accents in an otherwise utilitarian space.

Another idea? If you’re really pressed for space, consider the storage possibilities of a nightstand. One with drawers can provide the perfect mini catchall spot.

small entryway ideas2. If you’re (always) on the go…

A space-saving console makes for a convenient catchall for holding your wallet, car keys, and mail. Choose a console with drawers and cubbies specifically for mail that’s important; junk mail can go into baskets squirreled away underneath the console. In a small space, this can keep paper clutter from trickling into the rest of your home.

Treat the surface of the console as a vanity with a mirror and table lamp, and keep frequently worn jewelry and other accessories (phone chargers, headphones) neatly stowed away. This will create a functional spot that gathers all your everyday essentials as you dash out (or in) the door.

small entryway ideas3. If you have guests over often…

Your small entry should combine both function and style for an instantly welcoming spot. And just because you’re tight on space doesn’t mean you can’t go big with multiple pieces of stylish furnishings.

Look for storage pieces that have slim silhouettes as well as open-shelving constructions. A tall bookshelf can provide vertical storage that also helps to draw attention away from the small size of your entry, while a slim glass console will further lend a spacious look and feel.

small entryway ideas4. If you have high-energy kids…

There’s no furniture piece more practical than a storage bench for containing all the little things that can easily pile up in a small home, be it shoes, jackets, or toys.

Opt for a storage bench with a lid or one with cubbies, and arrange the space to mimic a mudroom; even in a small entry, you can set up hooks and baskets that give everything a place. The best part about a storage bench is that it’s also the perfect perch for your little ones to put on their shoes.

small entryway ideas5. If you have (very) little space…

Keep your entry minimal by pulling in a pair of dining chairs. They make for a much simpler alternative to storage pieces if you just need a place to put down your bag or to slip on shoes before you run out the door.

The best part is that chairs are versatile and movable, you can pull them into other areas of your home if needed. Consider using chairs that match those in your dining area so that they can easily pinch-hit as extra seating for guests.

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7 Sneaky Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

storage ideas for small spacesWhether you live in a tiny apartment or a big family house, storage ideas for small spaces can always come in handy. Adding storage doesn’t have to mean adding an entire new shelving system or purchasing a big ticket item, like a credenza; all it takes is rethinking your spaces with the right pieces.

Read on for 7 of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces1. Work Storage Into Your Entry

Use a desk in your entry as a functional console and catchall. One with drawers provides holding places for mail and on-the-go accessories, like sunglasses, hats, and totes.

The surface can hold a tray for keys, a table lamp, and a mirror for those last-minute outfit checks before you dash out the door.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces2. Choose a Multipurpose Coffee Table

For a busy space like your living room, consider working storage into your coffee table.

For instance, a two-tiered table allows you to stash trays, magazines, and coasters on the lower shelves. A repurposed trunk or a coffee table with a lid is great for stowing away big books, board games, and even kids’ toys. And a coffee table with drawers are stylish design details that can also keep remotes, wine openers, and other small items out of sight.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces3. Find New Use for Nightstands

No need to relegate a nightstand to just your bedroom. Pull one into your living room to use as a side table. One of our favorite storage ideas for small spaces, nightstands are a great way to pack in extra storage without adding clutter.

Most nightstands come with two or three drawers, so you’ll have extra storage space for everything from additional cords and candles to throw blankets. On top, you’ll have room for a lamp as well as a place to put down a drink.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces4. Add Seating with Storage

Super-functional storage benches and ottomans are perfect in any living room, but especially if you’re short on space.

Giving you both style and storage, these benches serve as pretty and comfortable seating when you have guests over and also as hiding spots for anything and everything. Try using a storage bench under a living room window to create a reading spot, or tuck it behind your sofa.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces5. Go Big with Baskets

Easy to tote around, baskets are storage catchalls. They’re the easiest of our small space storage ideas to implement and they can be easily brought to a larger space if you move!

They’re especially handy if you have kids that lay out their toys; keeping them in baskets will help conceal what can be a mess on the floor. Plus, baskets tuck nicely into cubbies or can be set on the floor by a chair to hold blankets and books.

Try multiple baskets spread out in one room on the floor for a few storage touch points.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces6. Make Your Bed Do Double Duty

If you’re working with small square footage, a platform bed with drawers or one with storage underneath can help you make the most of an otherwise unused space in your bedroom.

It’s a great small-space solution for stowing away winter bedding, clothes, and extra sheets, linens, and pillows.

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces7. Rethink a Bookshelf

Try an open bookcase beside your bed instead of a nightstand or table. This ups your storage (literally) by making use of wall space that’s often left empty next to your bed.

Essentials—like an alarm clock, your iPhone, bedtime reading—can go on the lower shelves, while books, jewelry boxes, and even clothes can be stored on the upper ones. And since most open bookshelves are narrow, you’ll also be saving floor space.

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Small Space Ideas: 1 Studio Apartment, 2 Clever Layouts

In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. We will feature a variety of rooms – from the square to the narrow, to the just plain awkward – outfitted with two different layouts that work.

If you’ve ever lived in a studio apartment, you know that while space may be limited, your design possibilities are not. This week we tackle two layouts for a square-shaped studio with an open floor plan.

studio apartment layout guideExplore the two studio apartment layout ideas below and steal a few ideas for your own studio apartment!

The space: A 450 square foot studio apartment with a corner kitchen and two walls of windows.

The Challenge: Designing a layout that included a desk, space for TV viewing, and dining area, all while maximizing the usability of the space to make it feel open and uncluttered.

studio apartment layout guideIdea #1: The Open Layout

Layout idea #1 is all about creating flow inside our studio apartment, making the space feel open, airy, and uncluttered. This setup is great for those who like to entertain and have people over often.

studio apartment layout guideWhy It Works:

  • The furniture hugs the walls, maximizing open space to create a layout that emphasizes good flow.
  • The bistro table for two in the kitchen separates the dining area from the rest of the space. This is also a great way to combat a lack of counter space (a not uncommon problem in small spaces), as the table can double as a kitchen island.
  • The bench stands in for a coffee table, but can also double as extra seating when guests come over.
  • Poufs tuck neatly away under the bench, and also work as footrests, side tables, or perches for guests or pets.
  • A triple threat, the bookcase provides extra storage, acts as a room divider, and gives privacy to the bed area.

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This Is Great If You…

  • Love to entertain and host small and large gatherings in your space.
  • Live alone or don’t need a studio apartment layout that maximizes privacy.
  • Hate clutter – there’s nowhere to stash a mess in this layout.
  • Want to take advantage of a layout that maximizes extra space – for yoga, dancing, or any other activity that requires a little extra breathing room.

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Idea #2: The Zoned Layout

By using floating furniture to section off – or “zone” – spaces, this studio apartment layout makes each distinct area feel like its own room. The best part is that the bed is totally tucked away in a cozy corner that feels secluded from the rest of the space.

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Why It Works:

  • “Floating” the sofa in the middle of the room helps divide the space into distinct areas, like living/dining, bedroom and office.
  • Place the dining area by the windows to create a sunny breakfast nook vibe.
  • Tuck the bed away behind the desk area, to create a separate space with more privacy.
  • Plop the sofa directly across from the wall-mounted TV to make Netflix binges more convenient and comfortable.

studio apartment layout guideThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a studio that has distinct spaces for all your activities, rather than feeling like one open room.
  • Don’t need a lot of space to host people in your studio apartment.
  • Live with a partner and want a space where you can cohabitate with a little more privacy and space to do your own thing.

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Back by popular demand, we’ve rounded up more of our best studio apartment layout ideas for 2020 and beyond!

studio apartment layout ideasLayout Ideas for an Open-Concept Studio Apartment

Designing an open-concept studio? Explore two ways we designed this space—one as an open live-work-sleep space, and another as a divided studio layout.

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L-shaped studio apartment layoutLayout Ideas for an L-Shaped Studio Apartment

Another common studio apartment layout conundrum? The L-shaped layout. We came up with two different layout solutions for this space that serve two different purposes. So whether you want a queen-sized bed, an office space, TV viewing, or a designated dining area, this layout guide has you covered with studio apartment layout ideas galore.

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From how to maximize your square footage to hacks for making your small space seem larger, get the full scoop on all our best design tips and tricks for studio apartments.

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Design Refresh: 4 Simple Ways to Brighten Up Your Space


Sometimes all you need to refresh a space are a few simple updates to make it feel like new.

We polled our Modsy designers to get their ideas on the best and easiest ways to refresh a space. Here are their top 4 tips on how to brighten up any space.

1. Create an accent wall.

We think a fresh coat of paint can work some real magic on a room, or if you’re feeling especially daring, go ahead and add a splash with some graphic or colorful wallpaper!


2. Mix up your lighting.

Mix and match a few table lamps and wall sconces in your space. Playing with different light sources is a great way to add warmth and a dynamic element to a room, and it will give you more control over the overall lighting.


3. Add a few house plants.

They not only brighten rooms, but add a lively bit of color and character. This is a great option for people who don’t love a lot of color in their home but still want a pop of brightness!


4. Change up your pillows.

You can do this seasonally as the weather shifts, or simply as your tastes change. Pillows add accents of color and depth to a space and are much easier (and more budget-friendly!) to swap out than an entire sofa or bed frame.


Still not quite sure how to visualize what your space could look like? Purchase a Modsy Design Package today to find out!

Small-Space Hacks: Maximize the Living Room for Your Needs

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 Sized 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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August Q&A: Your Design Questions Answered

You asked so many great questions this month. Here are our top picks, answered.

Small Space Living

I just moved to an apartment in New York City and had to downsize drastically. I’ve cleared out of a lot of stuff, but I find my space just looks stuffed full. Do you have any design tips for small spaces?

 

There’s no room for clutter when you’re working with minimal square footage! Rather than adding more storage or throwing all your belongings away, rethink the pieces inside your small space.

  • Stay in the Clear: Create the illusion of an uncluttered space by subbing in glass-top furniture. Hang a mirror for another great way to bounce light around your small space and keep it feeling open and airy.
  • Sneak in Storage: Look for dual-purpose furniture that keeps its day job and moonlights as an extra place to stash your belongings – like a bookcase in place of a nightstand or a coffee table with interior storage.
  • Get Leggy: Opt for furniture with legs. Especially with larger items like a sofa, pieces elevated on legs create a sense of openness versus the bulky look of items plopped directly on the floor.

inspiration overload

I’ve spent the past few month gathering inspiration for my bedroom redesign and thought I had so many great ideas. I now have 50+ Pinterest boards that I love, but I feel like I am drowning in inspiration. How can I translate my favorite pins to my real-life space?

 

When you embark on a home design project, it is easy to get stuck in an endless cycle of inspiration. Constantly looking at images of beautiful homes and comparing them to yours, can even become discouraging. Use these tricks to help switch your brain from inspiration mode to execution mode.

  • Ditch Unrealistic Expectations: Don’t fall into the trap of beautiful lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows. Consider the environment along with the actual furniture in the image. Which are you really lusting over?
  • Move from Inspiration to Aspiration: Take a good look at those hundreds of inspiring home design images and ask yourself what about this image do you like? Would you actually want to live here with your kids and pets? Your answers can help you weed out the purely inspirational images and start thinking about what you actually want in your home.
  • Find the Common Threads: Now do a scan of the remaining pins. Look for patterns in what you are saving – any trends in color schemes, materials, furniture styles that you seem consistently drawn to. Identifying these patterns arms you with information you can act on and start translating to your real space.

designing a room from scratch

I just moved into a new home and am staring at my empty living room with no idea where or how to start. I have so many ideas, but I just feel paralyzed. How do I overcome this and actually start doing something with my space?

 

We know that designing a room, or an entire home, from scratch can be a challenge. Like a blank canvas, your new space is full of possibilities – exciting! But that also means you will have to make lots of decisions, which can leave you feeling overwhelmed.

  • Get Inspired: The first step to your design project will likely be gathering inspiration. Before you dive head-first into Pinterest, take a step back and think about how you want to use the space. If you’re not sure what your style is, take the Modsy Style Quiz. Use the results to guide your search for products that will compliment your tastes and lifestyle.
  • Lay it Out: Once you have an idea of the kind of style and products you want in the room, start considering your layout options. The best time to plan a layout is before you’ve made any purchases – this is your opportunity to explore if you really want a sectional, or if a sofa will work better and leave room for the reading nook you’ve always wanted. At this point it can be helpful to have a sandbox, like the Modsy 3D Style Editor, to let you try out all your options before you make any commitments.
  • Build a Foundation: Just as you wouldn’t buy an outfit around a pair of socks, don’t begin designing an empty room around the details. Now that you have a layout and some style inspiration, you can start to look for furniture that fits (physically and aesthetically) into your plan. Once you’ve nailed down the larger pieces, you can begin to think about layering in accent furniture and accessories.

Merging design styles

My partner and I are finally moving in together and I couldn’t be happier. We were both so excited until I realized we’d have to somehow stuff our two very different styles into one space. How do we design our home together without one of us hating it or both of us going insane?

 

First, you should know that you are not alone! This is one of the greatest, yet most unanticipated challenge couples moving in together face. Moving in with a significant other is a big life event, so it’s understandable that it might stir up some anxiety. Before you spend a miserable afternoon fighting over a rug in IKEA, take a step back and consider the bigger picture.

  • Make a Game Plan: Before you get caught up in the design details, have a conversation with your partner about what each of you value in your home. What do you want to use the space for? What are your must-haves and your hard-nos? And where are you willing to compromise? Hash out these details first and find the points that you both agree on. Then begin to make style choices together that lead you toward this common goal for your home.
  • Explore Your Styles: The first thing we recommend to couples is that they take the Modsy Style Quiz together. Understanding each other’s tastes can help you think about how to merge them together into one look (yes, we promise it is possible!).
  • Show off Your Ideas: Create a visual representation of your ideas to show your partner, be that a Modsy rendering of your actual home, a moodboard, or ordering fabric samples and paint swatches. Visualizing your ideas can help you both make more confident design choices, before making any purchases.

 

 

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My Modsy Story: Finding a Solution for My Small, Awkward Living Room

We can all relate to Kevin Grieco’s “decorating paralysis” with his tiny living room. See how Modsy helped him move forward—and complete the space.

 

Homeowner: Kevin Grieco, systems engineer and IT whiz

Location: Medford, MA

Room: Tiny pass-through living room

His Style: Atomic Industrial

The Backstory

Turning 1300 Square Feet into a Home

My wife Toni (pictured above) and I live with our Corgi, Moose (also pictured above), in a small, single family house that we bought four years ago and never really ‘made a home’ due to decorating paralysis. It was gutted and refinished top to bottom so it looks fresh for a 100-year-old Colonial in Massachusetts, but at around 1300 square feet with six rooms spread across two floors, it’s a challenge to use the space efficiently. And our living room, in particular, was badly in need of some direction.

The Design Dilemma

Feeling overwhelmed (and paralyzed) by everything

Our big problem with the living room was a lack of vision. Despite the fact that we are both creative people in our own right, neither of us have ever had an eye for interior design. There is just something so challenging about conceptualizing what will be both beautiful and functional, especially in a small home where efficiency is at a premium. This “tetris” problem of figuring out the right furniture arrangement combined with our tendency to not look at decor holistically had left us feeling paralyzed and apathetic. So, our primary living space languished for years after we moved in. This was what we wanted to solve.

The Modsy Moment

When he finally had to google “interior design help oh god please help me i have no taste”

I first found out about Modsy through what I can only describe as digital flailings of desperation. I forget exactly what I googled to stumble upon Modsy, but it was something to the effect of “interior design help oh god please help me i have no taste.” Being an IT nerd and a visual person, the concept of a 3D rendering-based service immediately excited me and it was easy to convince my wife to give it a shot considering the low cost of entry compared to hiring a real-life designer.

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Kevin

Finding and seeing the exact furniture he needed to buy, once and for all

When I first got the Modsy renderings my response contained expletives that I won’t include here. But suffice it to say that I was extremely impressed. I took screenshots of a few angles of the renderings and sent them to all my friends who had been in my living room, and they were equally dazzled.

I couldn’t believe how accurate it was and the various arrangements immediately gave us so many ideas about how we could break up our space. Being able to visually see finished layouts like that completely broke through our ‘designer’s block.’

We bought a few big, structure-defining pieces straight from the suggested products pages that the Modsy team sent us, and then added a few of our own antique and furniture store finds—something that we were able to do with relative confidence now that we had such a secure ‘grounding’ thanks to the Modsy Style team.

I must have sent 20 pages worth of wordy emails to my Modsy Style Advisor over the course of my experience, and she was so receptive and supportive of all my input every time, being both professional and personal in perfect balance. She provided me with at least three additional renderings and a dozen different decor options. I genuinely don’t think I have had a better customer service experience in my entire life.

I would recommend Modsy to anyone looking for a premium-feeling, highly personalized interior design experience for a fraction of hiring a traditional professional.

From render to reality. Kevin's living room is coming together based off his favorite Modsy designs.
From render to reality. Kevin's living room is coming together based off his favorite Modsy designs.
From render to reality. Kevin's living room is coming together based off his favorite Modsy designs.
From render to reality. Kevin's living room is coming together based off his favorite Modsy designs.

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Get the Look: A Modern Take on Mary Tyler Moore’s Studio Apartment

An Ode to Mary Tyler Moore and the Modern American Woman

Mary Tyler Moore, the ultimate lady hero, was an important and influential woman for a lot of people. At Modsy, we are a company founded and run by female leaders, and we would like to thank her for paving the way for us and other fierce females.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first program to feature a single, independent, career-driven woman in a leading role. The show also marked one of the first instances that time prime-time TV turned an eye towards issues such as sex, birth control, and women in the workforce. Mary’s humorous, compassionate, and lively character offered a new depiction of the American Woman to her prime-time television viewers.

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To celebrate Mary Tyler Moore’s legacy and her memory, we designed a modern version of her studio apartment for our twenty-first century single (and career-driven) ladies. Like Mary’s, this apartment, also set in snowy Minneapolis, has an open floor plan that is divided into a living/dining and entertaining space, a small office area, and a bedroom.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

In the living room we selected a golden velvet sofa and the bold floral rug, inspired by Mary’s  studio apartment on the show. We ditched the coffee table in lieu of a small cocktail table that can be used for dining and entertaining – multi-purpose pieces are important for small-space living. The two mismatched side chairs create the sense that the space was designed in pieces with objects collected over time, as the apartments of many young adults are.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

For the bedroom we opted for a canopy bed to bring some drama to the space. Studio apartments mean that everything is on display – if people are going to see your bed, why not make it a statement?

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

Designed spaces communicate identity; our homes are not only the places where we live, but they embody elements of who we are. In the mid-twentieth century, apart from Mary Tyler Moore and her studio apartment, the only other depiction of women and their homes in the media was of the suburban housewife. By contrast, the alternative home-based identity for males was that of the single, heterosexual bachelor who lived in his trendy, urban penthouse.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

Images of such “bachelor pads” were showcased in Playboy Magazine alongside centerfolds of naked women. These were dwellings created for the educated, tech-savvy, elite male with ample disposable income and sex appeal.

Mary Tyler Moore, by comparison, was also a single woman, living in an urban area, and focused on her career rather than finding a husband. Her home, as a trendy studio apartment communicates this, and she provides the female role model to her male, bachelor counterpart. Like the playboy bachelor pad, Mary’s home is open, designed for entertaining, and full of an eclectic mix of Mid-Century Modern and more traditional furnishings.

We love Mary Tyler Moore and are continuously inspired by her go-getter, boss lady attitude. Thank you Mary for being the incredible woman that you were, and for paving the way for the rest of us. Together we are going to make it after all.

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